Volunteer Roles

Education and Outreach Volunteer

Position Duties
Education Volunteers are involved in the many programs that the Aquarium provides to engage and educate our visitors, both onsite and in the community. Opportunities open to these volunteers may include the following:

  • Representing the Aquarium at community festivals like Pride, Art and Soul, Bay Area Science Festival, and other events throughout the Bay Area
  • Interpreting aquarium exhibits, including answering guest questions, providing interesting animal information, explaining animal behavior and their roles in the ecosystem, and discussing the importance of conservation
  • Getting kids excited about the San Francisco Bay by assisting Aquarium teachers with school programs and tours
  • Creating memorable experiences by helping with visitor programs such as parties, scout programs, and special events.

Qualifications:
Must be interested in San Francisco Bay biology, be willing to learn about Aquarium operations and memberships, and be eager to engage with people of all ages and from different backgrounds. A love for people, patience, excellent verbal communication skills, flexibility and a sense of humor are essential in this position. Second language skills are a plus.

Requirements:
Must be at least 18 years old, in good physical condition to stand for up to four hours at a time and lift at least 25 pounds.  Must be comfortable talking with the general public and in front of groups, and support the Aquarium of the Bay’s mission. Must pass brief written tests as part of training. Training will include information on:

  • Our animals, exhibits, and the Bay ecology
  • Our hours of operation and membership levels and benefits
  • Ongoing updates regarding upcoming events and online campaigns

Commitment
Ability to work a minimum of 16 hours per month for at least six months, and commit to an initial training period of one month, with additional trainings to follow.


Volunteer Diver:

Position Description:
On SCUBA, assist with the underwater maintenance of aquarium exhibits, including underwater vacuuming and scrubbing. Other duties include set-up and break-down vacuum pumps, preparing food, performing broadcast feedings, and assisting with in-water target feeding of the giant sea bass and sevengill sharks.

Qualifications:
Must be a certified SCUBA diver with a minimum of 10 logged dives and experience with cold water diving. Must also have a current dive physical and necessary dive equipment (booties, gloves, fins, and mask). Must be certified in CPR/AED/First Aid/Oxygen Administration by three months after the start of volunteering.

Requirements:
Must be at least 18 years old, able to lift at least 50 pounds, and in good physical condition. Must be comfortable underwater and around various aquarium animals, including rays and sharks. Must also pass in-water and written dive tests.

Commitment:
Must be able to work one eight-hour shift per week for a minimum of six months, and commit to an initial training period of two months.


Animal Care Volunteer:

Position Description:
Assist Animal Care staff with the care and maintenance of both aquatic and terrestrial exhibit animals.  Duties include cleaning, health care, animal enrichment, food preparation, feeding, and record-keeping.

Qualifications:
Previous animal handling experience desirable but not mandatory.

Requirements:
Must be at least 18 years old. Must be able to work with minimum supervision, and be comfortable handling various animals, including reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and fish. Must be able to bend, lift up to 25 pounds, walk up and down stairs, and be tolerant of a wet work environment.

Commitment:
Must be able to work one eight-hour shift per week for a minimum of six months, and commit to an initial training period of two months.


Volunteer Water Quality Technician:

Position Description:
Assist Animal Care staff with water quality testing of exhibit tanks. Duties include gathering water samples, testing water parameters, data entry into a spreadsheet program, and the cleaning and maintenance of the Water Quality Lab. Work with or in proximity to various chemicals.

Qualifications:
Previous water quality and data-entry experience are desirable but not mandatory. However, must have an understanding of basic water quality parameters like pH, salinity, dissolved oxygen, ammonia and nitrates. Basic training on water quality equipment will be provided.

Requirements:
Must be at least 18 years old.  Must be comfortable working with lab equipment and be able to work with minimal supervision.

Commitment:
Must be able to work one eight-hour shift per week for a minimum of six months, and commit to an initial training period of two months.


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