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Apply Now: Marine Mammal Education Volunteer

Marine Mammals Department

Recruiting for: Summer 2017

Time commitment: 5 hour training and a commitment of at least 6 three hour shifts by October 1. Shifts begin at 9:30am, 12:15pm, and 3pm Sun-Thus and 10:30am, 1:15pm, and 4pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

Summary: Marine Mammal Center Educators are ambassadors, representing the New England Aquarium by engaging visitors of all ages and backgrounds in one on one conversation about our fur seals and sea lions. Don't know a lot about marine mammals or how to talk to visitors? Don't worry! We provide training and mentorship to prepare volunteers with all the fun facts, information and teaching tips needed to become a highly engaging Visitor Educator.

Answer questions from the public, initiate conversations with visitors, and work with fun biofacts. 

Training is required and available free of charge to volunteers and includes topics such as marine mammal behavior, husbandry, basic biology, visitor safety, public speaking skills, and communicating effectively with different age groups.

Attend a training class on Monday, July 17th from 10:00am to 3:00pm.

Completion of at least 6 volunteer shifts by October 1, 2017
Must have enthusiasm, and interest in meeting and working with a high volume of aquarium visitors daily  
Willingness to learn about fur seals and sea lions and their exhibits  
Must be able to communicate effectively in noisy and crowded conditions
Must be able to stand for long periods of time
Must be comfortable moving up and down stairs throughout the day
Must be able to lift and carry 25 pounds
Our fur seal and sea lion exhibit is outdoors so volunteers must be comfortable being exposed to all weather conditions.

Age Requirements: at least 18 years old.


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