Marine Mammal Education Volunteer

Required Commitment: 

  • Attend a training class; Dates TBD
  • Completion of at least 6 three-hour volunteer shifts by October 1, 2020 


  • Answer questions from the public
  • Initiate conversations with visitors
  • 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
    • Conservation and climate change concerns
    • Visitor safety
    • Public speaking skills
    • Communicating effectively with different age groups. 


  • 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 exhibit
  • 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 requirement: At least 18 years old

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. 

To apply:

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