In celebration of National Volunteer Appreciation Week, we're highlighting just a few of the amazing ways our volunteers have gone above and beyond to help the National Aquarium fulfill our mission to inspire conservation of the world's aquatic treasures!
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The passion and dedication of our volunteers led them to log a record-setting 124,390 hours at the National Aquarium in 2013 - a four percent increase over 2012’s total volunteer hours! The 2013 hours come from more than 960 volunteers and represents a $2.87 million workplace value (equivalent to approximately 60 full-time positions).
The Aquarium volunteer team represents a wide range of experience, skills and backgrounds including aquarists, divers, lab assistants, clinical veterinarians and more. The volunteers do everything from assisting at the information desk and diving to grass plantings and animal rescues, and they vary as much as their job descriptions.
The majority of the volunteers are from Baltimore and the surrounding counties, but some traveled from as far away as California, New York, North Carolina and West Virginia.
Here are some major volunteer highlights from 2013:
- The Jellies Aquarist program tripled its volunteer and service hours.
- High school students logged close to 10,000 hours in two programs.
- Volunteers contributed more than 2,000 hours of underwater maintenance for Dolphin Discovery.
- Eastern Shore Animal Rescue volunteers doubled their service hours to 1,153 in stranding and outreach activities.
For more information about volunteer opportunities at the National Aquarium, visit aqua.org/volunteer.
Stay tuned for more volunteer highlights throughout the week and join the conversation online using #NVW14!