Fall 2010 Volunteer Training Begins Oct. 9

September 13, 2010

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is offering a variety of volunteer opportunities during fall volunteer training. In addition to interpretive volunteer recruitment, the Aquarium is seeking volunteers to work behind the scenes in facility maintenance, in the gift shop, as event coordinators, on the exhibits team and doing clerical work. Enrollment is open for fall volunteer training, which begins October 9th and continues each Saturday through November 20th from 9 am – 5 pm. Volunteers working in positions other than as Interpreters will attend the October 9th date only.

Interpreter training is being offered for those interested in learning more about marine life and the coastal environment. Through a series of lectures and hands-on activities, volunteers learn about the history of the Aquarium, animal care, coastal habitats and animal biology. “It never ceases to amaze me when I witness a volunteer interpreter bringing that lightning bolt of ‘ah-ha’ and wonder to an adult visiting the Aquarium,” said Carmen Morgan, Manager of Volunteer Services. “Kids get excited all the time, and that is great to see, but it is really exciting to see an adult learn something new and have that sense of wonder in their eyes!” Morgan said the training offers people an opportunity to share the Aquarium’s mission of educating the public about the coast and its animals, as well as the efforts to protect and conserve marine habitats.

Earn College Credits

College credits are available through Oregon Coast Community College for volunteers who complete the interpreter program, pay an additional $40 and meet all requirements. Once training is completed, volunteers are assigned to an intern position in available areas, or they become Interpreters for a minimum of six months.

Cool Benefits

Benefits include discounts in the gift shop, free membership (after serving 50 volunteer hours), Aquarium passes, invitations to special events and evening enrichment programs. Volunteers have the satisfaction of expanding their personal marine knowledge while giving something back to the community by supporting the Aquarium.

Find Out More

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. The fall training classes are held all day Saturdays from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm for 6 weeks beginning October 9th through November 20th. A $40 fee is required for materials for interpreter positions. A $20 fee is required for volunteers working in other positions, which covers a uniform and materials. Participants must be 18 years or older. For adult volunteer training information call Carmen Morgan, Manager of Volunteer Services at 541-867-3474, extension 5315 or e-mail volunteer@aquarium.org.