Oregon Coast Aquarium Invites Marine Science Enthusiasts to Volunteer

February 12, 2014

Newport, Oregon—The Oregon Coast Aquarium invites teenagers, age 13 and up, and adults of all ages to join its team for the spring Volunteer Training Program, which begins April 5.

During the six week training course, teen and adult volunteers develop in-depth knowledge about the marine life endemic to the Pacific Northwest.

To ensure that each volunteer receives training and assignments that they will find fulfilling, each potential volunteer must submit an application and undergo an interview prior to beginning training. Joining the volunteer team at the Aquarium requires no specific education or background, just a desire to learn and the ability to commit a minimum of 100 hours of service each year.

Julie Shafer, Shift Captain for the Aquarium’s volunteer program said of her experience, “The Aquarium makes a significant commitment to its volunteers through the first-class training program and supportive staff, in both education and animal arenas. This commitment makes it a joy to volunteer and to share my experiences with the visitors at this highly rated facility.”

Additional benefits for the Aquarium’s volunteers include:
• Discounts at the Wildlife Trading Company Gift Shops in the Aquarium.
• Complimentary Aquarium membership after 50 hours of volunteering.
• Subscription to The Upwelling, the volunteer newsletter.
• Invitations to participate in exclusive lectures and continuing education programs at the Oregon Coast Aquarium and Hatfield Marine Science Center.
• The opportunity to meet the nearly 400 other volunteers that share a passion for marine science.

To complete an application to join the Aquarium’s volunteer teams visit http://aquarium.org/support/volunteer or contact the Aquarium’s Volunteer Services department at volunteer@aquarium.org.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is dedicated to the highest quality aquatic and marine science programs for recreation and education so that the public better understands, cherishes, and conserves the world’s natural marine and coastal resources. An accredited Association of Zoos & Aquariums institution, this 501(c)3 non-profit organization is ranked as one of the top 10 aquariums in the U.S. Visit us at 2820 S.E. Ferry Slip Rd., Newport, OR. www.aquarium.org, 541-867-3474. Follow us on Facebook.com/OregonCoastAquarium, or Twitter.com/OrCoastAquarium for the latest updates.

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