|Available||Recruiting for Spring Class|
|Time commitment||4 hours minumum per week for a period of 6 months|
Aquarium Guides are ambassadors, representing the New England Aquarium by engaging visitors of all ages and backgrounds in one on one conversations and small or large group presentations. Don't know a lot about marine science or how to talk to visitors? Don't worry! A special training course is offered to prepare volunteers with all the fun facts, information and teaching tips needed to become an Aquarium Guide.
Responsibilities: Answer questions from the public, initiate conversations with visitors, work with fun biofacts, and demonstrate appropriate animal handling of our live touch tank animals. Hands will be in and out of cold water for up to 30 minutes per touch tank shift.
Qualifications: Must have enthusiasm, and interest in meeting and working with a high volume of aquarium visitors daily. Willingness to learn about Aquarium exhibits and marine science. Must be able to communicate effectively in noisy and crowded conditions.
Age Requirements: at least 16 years old. Please note: applicants under the age of 18 are required to provide a letter of recommendation from a teacher, employer, or community leader.
Special Instructions: Shifts begin at 9am or 1pm and are available seven days per week. Volunteers are required to follow the uniform code and other policies and procedures of the New England Aquarium. Successful completion of Aquarium Guide Training (AGT) is required. AGT is available free of charge to volunteers and include topics such as marine science, addressing different environmental issues such as climate change and over fishing, natural history, public speaking skills, and communicating effectively with different age groups.
You must attend all training sessions in order to complete the course and begin volunteering. Please note that the six month commitment begins after successful completion of AGT.
Winter Session (apply by December 5th, 2012): Wednesdays, 6pm to 9 pm
Dates: January 9, 16, 23, 30.
Spring 2013 Session (apply by March 27th, 2013): Wednesdays, 6pm to 9pm
Dates: April 24, May 1, 8, 15
Fall 2013 Session (apply by September 11th, 2013): Wednesdays, 6pm to 9pm
Dates: October 16, 23, 30, November 6