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Interpreter Guide at the Gray's Reef Ocean Discovery Center

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ORGANIZATION: Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary

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Interpreter Guides serve as a connecting link between the national marine sanctuary, discovery center, and visitors; guides invite visitors to make their own connections to the sanctuary and its stories.

Volunteering at Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary’s Ocean Discovery Center (https://graysreef.noaa.gov/visit/centers/) is a fun opportunity to make a splash in your community! Volunteers will help bring the sanctuary into downtown Savannah by helping visitors explore the center, present ocean-themed programs, and answer questions to promote community awareness and engagement.

Duties:
Under the direction of sanctuary staff, interpretive guides may

  • Provides in-depth information on Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary, the National Marine Sanctuary System, NOAA, and coastal and ocean ecosystems
  • Lead interpretive education programs and activities related to the natural, historic and cultural significance of Gray’s Reef, other local marine waters, and the ocean as a whole
  • Facilitate guest interactions with exhibits and activities-maintain a safe learning environment, preserve functionality and appearance, and increase understanding
  • Provide assistance with other center functions as needed; such as, host desk and directional flow, collections, and general cleaning and maintenance

Requirements:
With support from the Volunteer Coordinator, each applicant shall
  • Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age or older (parental or guardian consent is required for less than 18 years of age) to volunteer
  • Complete and submit the volunteer application packet, including submitting fingerprints as part of the NOAA volunteer background check
  • Attend a volunteer orientation workshop and/or training
  • Complete the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries Code of Conduct
  • Follow volunteer uniform guidelines
  • Be able to stand for prolonged periods of time and carry small packages (<30 lbs)

Training:
Interpreter Guides should...
  • Be comfortable speaking in front of people and managing groups-both local visitors and out-of-town guests
  • Be willing to become actively involved in leading and/or creating Ocean Discovery Center programs
  • Demonstrate good communication skills, possess basic problem solving skills, and be flexible with new changes and challenges
  • Although not required, having experience or understanding of marine science, environmental management, or teaching is beneficial

Training are offered to expand knowledge and understanding of Gray’s Reef resources, live-bottom habitats, and marine science topics.

Interpreter Guides must be able to work a minimum of two volunteer shifts per month. Interpreter guide shifts are dependent on the center’s program schedule and vary by day of the week or time of day. The maximum time of an interpreter guide shift is four hours including regular breaks. The Ocean Discovery Center is open from 10:00am-4:00pm and a 30-minute opening and closing period is included in each shift.

About the Center: Located in downtown Savannah, Georgia, the Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary Ocean Discovery Center features interactive exhibits for you to explore the wonders of the sanctuary. Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary, located 19 miles east of the Georgia coast between Savannah and Brunswick, is one of the largest near-shore live-bottom reefs in the southeastern US.

2 Shifts

  • morning / 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM
    Interpreter guide shifts are dependent on the center’s program schedule and vary by day of the week or time of day. Maximum time per shift is 4 hrs.
  • afternoon / 12:00 PM to 04:00 PM
    Interpreter guide shifts are dependent on the center’s program schedule and vary by day of the week or time of day. Maximum time per shift is 4 hrs.
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About Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary

Location:

10 Ocean Science Circle, Savannah, GA 31411, US

Mission Statement

The mission of Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary is to identify, protect, conserve, and enhance the natural and cultural resources, values, and qualities of the sanctuary for current and future generations.

Description

Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary is an ocean park teeming with life. The natural live-bottom habitats of the sanctuary are representative of others across the region. The sanctuary provides year-round opportunities for sport fishing, recreational diving, and boating. The research area within the sanctuary hosts one of the only designated no-take zones in the region, which makes Gray's Reef a catalyst for scientific research studying water quality, ocean noise, hurricane prediction, and climate change. Gray's Reef is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of National Marine Sanctuaries - the trustee for a network of underwater parks encompassing more than 620,000 square miles of marine and Great Lakes waters.

The 22 square-mile sanctuary protects a vibrant, hard-bottom ocean area off the Georgia coast, about 19 miles east of Sapelo Island, and 40 miles southeast of historic Savannah, Georgia. The average depth of the sanctuary is 65 feet.

Volunteers at Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary have supported the sanctuary and contributed to its success for over forty years. This long-term support from volunteers is critical to every aspect of sanctuary including research, public events, scientific research, supporting the sanctuary’s research vessels, and providing programs at the Gray’s Reef Ocean Discovery Center.

CAUSE AREAS

Community
Education & Literacy
Environment
Community, Education & Literacy, Environment

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.
This opportunity has 2 shifts

WHERE

340 Martin Luther King Junior BoulevardSavannah, GA 31401

(32.07449,-81.09925)
 

SKILLS

  • General Education
  • Environmental Education
  • Adult Education
  • People Skills
  • Public Speaking
  • STEM

GOOD FOR

  • Teens
  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 16
  • Guides must be able to work a minimum of two volunteer shifts per month. Shifts are dependent on the center’s program schedule and vary by day of the week or time of day. The maximum time of an interpreter guide shift is 4 hours.

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