Volunteer Job Descriptions

School Programs Instructors

School Programs Instructor Information Sheet * School Programs Instructor Flyer 
 Next Training: September 2019

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: Six 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 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.

 

Exhibit Guides

Exhibit Guide Information Sheet * Exhibit Guide Training FlyerDocents
Next Training: May 2019 

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: Six 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 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.

Docents – Apply Now!

Congratulations to the 2018 Docent Class!

Docent Information Sheet * Docent Training Flyer
Next Training: January 2019

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 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!

SEA OTTER
AWARENESS WEEK
September 22–30, 2018
Join us for this annual recognition of the vital role that sea otters play in the nearshore ecosystem.

SPECIAL PRESENTATION
September 30, 2018
4:00 – 5:00 PM
Join us for a Sea Otter Awareness Week special presentation, In the Crosshairs: An Update on the Sea Otter Survival Story.

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