Volunteer Job Descriptions

Exhibit Guides

Exhibit Guide Information Sheet * Exhibit Guide Training FlyerDocents
Next Training: September 2020 

Exhibit guides assist visitors at the touch pools and interpret the aquarium and exhibit hall. Working alongside docents, exhibit guides increase their knowledge of marine science, gain valuable public speaking skills, and provide important connections with our visitors.
Training: Six sessions; late September or mid-May. See details by clicking the Exhibit Guide Information Sheet above.
Ongoing time commitment:

  • Fall, winter and spring – a minimum of one 4.25-hour shift every other week for 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

School Programs Instructor Information Sheet * School Programs Instructor Flyer 
 Next Training: September 2020

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:

  • 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. See details by clicking on the School Programs Instructor Information Sheet above.
Ongoing time commitment: 1 three-hour shift every week during the school year (mid-October through the beginning of June)
Who can apply: Anyone over 18. Spanish speakers encouraged to apply. 

Download a volunteer application

College students and recent college graduates can apply for School Programs Internships. Click here for details.

 

Docents

Congratulations to the 2020 Docent Class!

Docent Information Sheet * Docent Training Flyer
Next Training: January 2021 

Docents enhance visitor’s understanding 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: 10-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 a volunteer application.

 

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

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 to Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM


Spotlight!

SCIENCE SUNDAY
July 19, 2020 1:30–2:30 PM
Join us–online!–for Science Sunday, “Stranded: A Window into the Health of Marine Mammal Populations,” with Robin Dunkin, Ph.D. Preregister.

LABSIDE CHATS
July 2, 2020, 11 AM
Tune in to learn more about the ecology of marine mammals with Roxanne Beltran, Ph.D.

SUNDAY SEASIDE CRAFTS–AT HOME!
Create ocean-inspired crafts and activities using materials found around the house. Find instructions for our latest activity: Ocean Acidification Experiment.

CREATURE FEATURE
Explore the intricate beauty of bat stars up close. Learn how they sense their surroundings and why they feel scratchy to the touch. Watch the 4-minute video here!

SELF-GUIDED COASTAL WALKING TOUR
Enjoy outdoor highlights of the spectacular Coastal Science Campus as you explore the network of trails with this guide to interpretive signs.

MARINE SCIENCE JOURNALING
Start your own marine science journal today with these cool observation activities with video links. Designed for ages seven and up.

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