AquaService - a different way to volunteer!
Are you passionate about conservation and would enjoy speaking with the public about the Aquarium’s mission and programs at community festivals? Do you have office and computer skills that you’d like to share with Aquarium departments and programs? Would you like to join our Aquarium Conservation Team (ACT!) in the field for wetlands restoration projects?
The new AquaService Volunteer Program is designed to fill the needs of those who wish to serve the National Aquarium on a short-term basis in ways that are not covered by other Aquarium volunteer programs. Instead of committing to a full year in a marine education-based program with a regular schedule, AquaService volunteers agree to be part of a pool of service-oriented people who are called upon on an “as-needed” basis for six months.
AquaService Volunteer Benefits
- Free parking while volunteering
- Access to continuing education programs
- Gift shop and cafe discounts
- Invitation to annual Family Night event
- Learning, laughter, wonder, and excitement (unlimited!)
Combining personal experience and skills with some orientation and basic training, AquaService volunteers have the opportunity to become part of a pool of volunteer talent. An embroidered vest and ID badge will identify you as a National Aquarium AquaService volunteer.
This position offers volunteers the chance to work among professionals, offering clerical support such as filing and mailing preparation, and phone and office reception. You must have a pleasant disposition and courteous phone manner as you represent the National Aquarium. Assignments may occur in the offices of the main Aquarium buildings or the administrative offices in the Candler Building a block away.
If you enjoy working with computers, software applications, and document scanners in pleasant office settings, you’ll enjoy being part of National Aquarium projects that include data entry, photo scanning, and document creation and archiving. In some cases, these projects may be accomplished in the comfort of your own home.
The National Aquarium is always involved with onsite events that highlight holidays, conservation efforts, and special member evenings. Volunteers get involved with greeting visitors, helping with registration tables, and being on hand for general event assistance. If you speak a second language fluently, you may be of great help with communicating with foreign guests. We’re also looking for a few special people to portray our costumed character mascot, Puffin.
The National Aquarium likes to have a presence at many community and ethnic festivals in the Baltimore region such as Artscape, Baltimore Book Festival, the Hispanic Festival, and more. Help is always needed at the Aquarium table with greeting our visitors, general information, and in some cases, translating a foreign language. Our Aquarium Conservation Team (ACT!) needs volunteers in the field for wetlands restoration in and around the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Volunteer Commitment and Application
To apply as an AquaService volunteer, please review the following requirements. If you can agree to all of the below, click the “I Agree” button which will take you to the AquaService online application.
- I am at least 18 years old and out of high school.
- I can make at least a 6-month commitment.
- I will attend the AquaService volunteer orientation
- I will be dependable and will adhere to Aquarium policies.
If you are looking for paid job opportunities, apply here instead.
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