Aquarium Volunteer Orientation


Cause Areas


Thu Mar 08, 2018, 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM


175 Memorial BlvdNewport, RI 02840


Do you love aquariums and enjoy working with kids and families? Then come volunteer at Save The Bay’s Exploration Center & Aquarium! Our Aquarium is home to Dogfish Sharks, Octopus, Skates, and more. As a volunteer you will welcome visitors, help them interact with our hands-on exhibits, and teach them about the amazing animals that live in Narragansett Bay. Please read the information below, and then hit Respond to sign up for one of our upcoming orientations!

WHEN: Aquarium volunteer shifts of 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 12:45-4 are available 7 days a week during the summer, and on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays and public school vacations from Memorial Day through Labor Day.


  • Commit to volunteering at least once a month
  • Must be friendly, outgoing, reliable, and ready to learn!
  • Must be 16+. Volunteer applicants who are 18+ will undergo a background check.


  • STEP ONE: Sign up here for a one-hour orientation.
  • STEP TWO: Attend orientation. Aquarium staff will introduce the applicant to all aquarium stations and go over the volunteer role. The applicant will receive volunteer training materials and fill out a waiver and background check form. NOTE: Volunteers who are under 18 do not need to undergo a background check, but they must have their waiver signed by a parent.
  • STEP THREE: Complete a "shadow shift" - observe a trained volunteer for a full shift.
  • STEP FOUR: If the applicant is a good fit for the program, they can join the team! They will be added to our email list and asked to sign up for shifts according to their schedule.


  • Free Save The Bay t-shirt to wear during Aquarium shifts
  • Free admission for two to Newport Mansions
  • 25% off admission to Mystic Aquarium
  • Experience in environmental education, marine biology and visitor outreach.

PLEASE NOTE: This opportunity is not appropriate for short term or court-ordered community service.


  • People Skills
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Public Speaking
  • Environmental Education

Good Match For

Teens People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • 1 Hour

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