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 on Thurs., Sept. 19 and Tues., Sept. 24, on both days at 5:00 & 7:00 p.m. (You need attend only one.)
“Helping visitors, especially children, learn about Long Island Sound is personally rewarding and crucial in building public awareness about issues affecting our local environment,” said Lisa Slinsky, assistant director of Volunteers and Community Service in a release from the Aquarium. “The volunteer program is vital to the mission of The Maritime Aquarium and its educational goals. Plus, it's a fun way to join up with a group of people who have similar interests.”
Prior knowledge about marine animals isn't necessary to be a Maritime Aquarium volunteer. That's what will be taught in a four-week training course, which will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. beginning on Thurs., Oct. 3.
You must be at least 15 years old to sign up. Volunteer shifts are four hours long. Volunteers work a minimum of four shifts per month for weekday staff, and two or three shifts per month for those with weekend availability.
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 behind-the-scenes office and special-event assistance, and more.
A $40 fee covers the costs of training materials and uniforms. Volunteers receive discounts in the Gift Shop, Café and on many programs.
The Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk is located at 10 N Water St. Tel. (203) 852-0700