[Editor's Note: This announcement was originally posted on Feb. 2.]
Pursue your interest in marine animals – and share your knowledge and enthusiasm with others – by becoming a member of the volunteer staff at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.
Interviews for potential volunteers will be held Thurs., Feb. 16 and Tues., Feb. 28, both at 7 p.m. (You need attend only one.) A training session will follow this spring.
“The Aquarium couldn’t operate without the dedicated staff of volunteers who interpret exhibits for visitors and help behind the scenes,” said Lisa Slinsky, assistant director of volunteers and community service. “Volunteers find that it’s a great way to keep busy, share their passion for Long Island Sound and meet people with similar interests.”
Prior knowledge about marine animals isn't necessary to be a Maritime Aquarium volunteer. That's what is taught in a four-week training course, which will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 7 to 9 p.m., March 8 through April 5.
You must be at least 15 years old to sign up. Weekday volunteers are asked to commit to at least four hours per week. If you are only available to volunteer on weekends, the minimum commitment is eight hours per month.
Most volunteers work as gallery guides, helping visitors learn more about the represented animals of Long Island Sound, from crabs and sea stars to seals and sharks. There is also need for office and special-event assistance, and more.
A $40 fee covers the costs of training materials and uniforms. After six months of service, volunteers receive a free individual Aquarium membership, entitling them to discounts in the Gift Shop and on many programs.
Advance registration is required for the interview sessions and volunteer training course.
To sign up or for more information, email volunteers@MaritimeAquarium.org or call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2225.