The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
The Center for Coastal Studies’ Hiebert Marine Lab is honored to have become the permanent home last spring to the 37-foot skeleton of the humpback whale known to researchers as Spinnaker, where she serves as part of ongoing research into the biology of whales and entanglement prevention.
We are looking for individuals who are passionate about marine life and conservation to serve as docents for members of the public who come to visit the Center to view Spinnaker’s skeleton and to tell her life story, which includes three disentanglements by our own Marine Animal Entanglement Response team.
While you do not need to have a degree in the sciences to apply, we do expect our docents to become integral members of our outreach and education team, committing to a serious grasp and interpretation of Spinnaker’s life history, to learn the basics of whale biology and ecology, and to become familiar with the Center’s various research programs. You should also enjoy working with the public and never be afraid to ask questions-or to say you don’t know!
We hope to fill as many three-hour shifts as possible. Staff supervision and training will be provided.
For the coming 2018 season, we will be open on Saturdays in June and September; and Sundays in July and August, so be sure to let us know if you prefer working weekends!