Fall Volunteer Training To Begin

August 24, 2007

Fall training begins September 15

The Oregon Coast Aquarium invites people who want to know more about marine life and the coastal environment to become a volunteer. The classes require attending Saturday sessions and an inquiring mind. Applications are now being accepted for the adult (18 and older) volunteer training fall session. Volunteer training is held on five Saturdays; September 15, 29, October 13, 27 and November 10 from 9 am to 4 pm.

/p>Once training is completed, volunteers become interpreters and share the wonder of the coastal environment with visitors for a minimum of six months. After gaining a greater understanding of how the Aquarium functions during these six months, volunteers may then apply for volunteer positions behind the scenes in facility maintenance, animal care, clerical work or any number of other Aquarium positions. The Aquarium asks for a one-year commitment of one half-day shift each week, or a half day every other week for people with special needs or who commute long distances. A $35 fee is required for materials.

Benefits include discounts in the gift shop, free membership (after serving 50 volunteer hours), Aquarium passes, evening enrichment programs and social events. For an additional fee of $40 volunteers can sign up to receive college credit through the Oregon Coast Community College.

For adult volunteer training information call Carmen Morgan, Coordinator of Volunteer Services at 541-867-3474, extension 5315 or e-mail carmen.morgan@aquarium.org.