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Edge of the Sea Education Volunteer

*We are currently not hiring for this position*

Required Commitment: 

  • Attend full day training 
  • Complete at least three 6-hour shifts by May 31, 2020* (Shifts are 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm, or 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

*Weekdays are preferred


  • Answer questions from the public, initiate conversations with visitors, and work with fun biofacts.
  • Each shift will be structured as 1 hour at the touch tank, followed by an hour of interpereting with biofacts, and finishing with another hour at the touch tank.
  • Trianing is required and available free of charge to volunteers and includes topics such as animal identification, husbandry, basic biology, visitor/animal safety, punlic speaking skills, and communicating effectively with different age groups.
  • Attend a training class on Saturday November 2nd or Sunday November 17th, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Completion of at least 6 volunteer shifts by May 31, 2020


  • Must have enthusiasm and interest in meeting and working with a high volume of aquarium visitors daily 
  • Must possess a willingness to learn about tide pool animals, their habitats, and a variety of animal artifacts
  • 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
  • Must be comfortable spending long periods of time with hands in cold water\
  • Age requirements: at least 18 years old

Summary: Edge of the Sea Educators are ambassadors, representing the New England Aquarium by engaging visitors of all ages and backgrounds in one on one conversations about our tidepool touch tank animals and a variety of biofacts (animal artifacts). Don't know a lot about tidepool animals or how to talk to visitors? Don't worry! We provide training and mentoship to prepare volunteers with all the fun facts, information, and teaching tips needed to become a highly engaging Edge of the Sea Educator.

To apply:

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