The Oregon Coast Aquarium volunteer spring training session begins on April 6th. In order to apply, applicants must submit an official application which is available at the admissions area of the Aquarium or on line by clicking here. After receiving a completed application, the Aquarium will then contact the applicant prior to training to conduct an interview.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium volunteer program is in its 20th year and is proud to have the amazing service of nearly 450 volunteers. Since its conception, the program has provided an opportunity to learn about the fascinating marine life that we have in the Pacific Northwest and to share that knowledge with visitors. Volunteer opportunities at the Aquarium exist in the areas of diving, interpreting, greeting, grounds, community outreach and special events.
During the six week interpretive training course, volunteers gain in depth knowledge about the biology of the animals in our collection. They also have the opportunity to meet our husbandry staff and learn about how they care for our animals. Volunteering at the Aquarium requires no special education or background, just a willingness to learn and commit to 100 hours per year.
“The Oregon Coast Aquarium makes a significant commitment to its volunteers by offering a first-class training program; a supportive staff in both the education and animal husbandry departments, and a highly rated facility,” said Julie Shafer, Interpretive Shift Captain. “This commitment makes it a joy to volunteer and to share my experiences with our valued visitors.”
Volunteers receive numerous benefits including a membership to the Aquarium, discounts in both the café and gift shops and many others. To participate as a volunteer you must at least 14 years old, possess an interest in marine science, enjoy meeting new people, and have the ability to attend all necessary training.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in Newport on the beautiful Oregon Coast. Our mission is to inspire the public to better understand, cherish and conserve marine and coastal ecosystems. The Aquarium is a member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. It has been named 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 for the latest updates.