Volunteer Job Descriptions

Exhibit Guides

Exhibit Guide Information Sheet  *  Applications Available NowDocents  Exhibit Guide Training Flyer
Next Training Fall 2016 – Applications due by September 19th

Exhibit guides come on board twice a year and assist visitors at the touch pools, and interpret the aquarium and exhibit hall. Working alongside experienced docents, exhibit guides increase their knowledge of marine science, gain valuable public speaking skills, and provide important connections with our visitors.
Training: Five sessions; late September/early October or mid-May
Ongoing time commitment:

  • Fall, winter and spring – a minimum of one 4.25-hour shift every other week: Minimum commitment: Six months after completion of training.
  • Summer – a minimum of one 4.25-hour shift every week for three months after completion of training, or one 4.25-hour shift every other week for six months after completion of training.

Who can apply: Teens (ages 15 and up) and adults. Spanish speakers encouraged to apply.

Download a volunteer application.

School Programs Instructors | RECRUITING NOW

School Programs Instructor Flyer   *  Applications Available Now
School Programs Instructor Information Sheet  *   Next Training September 2016

School Programs Instructors teach on-site school field trip programs for students of all ages (kindergarten-community college). We are seeking enthusiastic individuals (ages 18 and above) who enjoy working with youth, and have an interest in learning and teaching about the ocean. Bilingual speakers are encouraged to apply. Responsibilities include:

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  • Working in a structured, classroom setting with a multi-generational team of volunteers, college interns, and staff educators to teach hands-on marine science activity stations as part of thematic Discovery Lab & Tours.
  • Leading interpretive tours of Long Marine Lab after Discovery Lab activities, and as needed for Reserved School Tours.
  • Helping with community outreach events.

School Programs Instructor training covers marine science topics, current marine mammal research, and practice teaching and leading activity stations and tours at the lab. We provide the tools you need to inspire conservation of our ocean!

Training: Seven sessions; late September through mid-October.
Ongoing time commitment: 1 three-hour shift every week during the school year (mid-October through beginning of June)
Who can apply: Anyone over 18. Spanish speakers encouraged to apply.

School Programs Internships are available for college students and recent college graduates. Click here for details.

Docents

Congratulations to the Seymour Center Docent Class of 2016

Congratulations to the Seymour Center Docent Class of 2016

Applications Available Now
Next Training: January 2017

Docents serve as our major contact with the public and enhance visitor’s understanding of the world of a working research laboratory. Course credit may be possible for UCSC students. Some of the docents’ responsibilities include:

  • Serving as guides in the center
  • Giving special presentations
  • Leading tours of the lab’s research and visitor areas
  • Helping with community outreach events

Training: 11-week course, begins each year in January
Minimum commitment: 1 year after course completion
Ongoing time commitment: 1 four-hour shift, every other week

Who can apply: Anyone over 18. Spanish speakers encouraged to apply.

Download Docent information form.

Volunteer Aquarists

Working with the Aquarium Curator, volunteer aquarists prepare food and feed the aquarium animals, clean aquarium tanks, repair and maintain equipment, and monitor animal behavior.

Training: On-the-job
Minimum commitment: 6 months
Ongoing time commitment: two 4-hour shifts per week
Who can apply: Anyone over 18. Some heavy lifting (up to 40 pounds) and use of a stepladder is required.

Garden Volunteers

Help maintain the coastal native plant garden and landscaping that surrounds the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Tasks include weeding, mulching, planting, watering, pruning, and occasional landscape planning.

Training: on-the-job
Minimum commitment: 8 hours per month for 6 months
Ongoing time commitment: once a week during the growing season (early spring to late fall) and as needed during the fallow season (late fall through winter)
Who can apply: Anyone over 18

Special Event Volunteers

These volunteers assist with a variety of tasks in support of fundraising efforts, special events, marketing programs, and facility rentals. Events may include fundraising events, weddings, conferences, meetings, and public lectures. Volunteers assist with the development, planning, and implementation of events, which can include decorations, set-up/clean-up, event operations and logistics, food and beverage service, selling tickets and cash handling, taking photographs and operating audio-visual equipment.

Training: specific to each event
Minimum commitment: None
Ongoing time commitment: As events occur; most involve weekend and evening hours with an occasional pre-event meeting
Who can apply: Existing volunteers

Administrative Volunteers

These volunteers perform a variety of office duties that may include data entry, library maintenance, filing, archival maintenance, interpretive materials research, correspondence with school children, and general computer support.

Training: on-the-job
Minimum commitment: 6 months
Ongoing time commitment: 8 hours per month
Who can apply: Anyone over 18

Days & Hours

Tuesday - Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM

Open every day - July and August, 10 AM to 5 PM

Spotlight!

ATTENTION TEACHERS
Start planning your class field trip to the Seymour Center. Marine science field trip information and applications for the 2016-17 school year are available online now.

JOIN OUR VOLUNTEER TEAM!
Interested in sharing marine science with the public? Join the Seymour Center's volunteer team as an Exhibit Guide or School Programs Instructor.

KEN NORRIS MEMORIAL LECTURE
Thursday, October 20
7-8:30 PM
Understanding Coral Reefs through Marine Science and Woolly Sculptures—A unique perspective on corals, conservation, and crochet craftwork.

THE GIANT OCEAN COLORING BOOK
Art by Peter Winch
Sept. 20 - Nov. 27

This exhibit will feature large black and white marine artwork from Peter Winch's upcoming illustrated coloring book for adults, The Giant Ocean Coloring Book.

OPEN DURING CONSTRUCTION
You'll see a lot of construction taking place here at the Coastal Science Campus but know, the Seymour Center is open for business as usual. Come visit!

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