Adult Volunteer Training

March 19, 2012

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is offering a variety of volunteer opportunities during spring volunteer training. In addition to interpretive volunteers, the Aquarium is seeking volunteers to work behind the scenes in facility maintenance, in the gift shop, helping out at special events, assisting the Aquarium exhibits team, and doing clerical work in the administrative offices. Enrollment is open now for Spring Volunteer Training which begins April 7th and continues each Saturday through May 12th from 9 am – 5 pm.

Volunteers working in positions other than interpreters will attend the April 7th date only. Those interested in learning more about marine life and the coastal environment can sign up for interpreter training, which includes a series of lectures and hands-on activities. Volunteers learn about the history of the Aquarium, animal care, coastal habitats and animal biology. They also learn how to share their knowledge with visitors as Aquarium Interpreters.

"Each session we are so fortunate to bring in wonderful new volunteers whose zest for learning is exhibited in their dedication and commitment to volunteering.” said Carmen Morgan, Manager of Volunteer Services. “It is so rewarding to see new volunteers mixing with current volunteers and developing friendships that are a result of the common love for the ocean and its inhabitants.” 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 its efforts to protect and conserve marine habitats.

One change that volunteers will see this spring is that the Aquarium is combining its youth and adult interpretive volunteer training. Upon conclusion of the course, youth and adults will continue to work alongside each other, with slightly different focuses while interpreting in the Aquarium.

Cool Benefits: Benefits include discounts in the gift shop and cafe, 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 Spring training classes are held all day from 9 am- 5 pm. Classes run for 6 weeks beginning April 7th through May 12th. 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 piece and materials. Participants in the adult program must be 18 years or older. The application deadline for the youth, ages 14-18, was March 9th. For adult volunteer training information email Carmen Morgan, Manager of Volunteer Services at volunteer@aquarium.org.

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