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Volunteers also work behind-the-scenes, helping out in our corporate offices, organizing sleepovers and other special events.
As a non-profit institution, The Maritime Aquarium relies on the support of hundreds of dedicated volunteers. They work at Aquarium exhibits, interpreting displays, and welcoming, orienting and educating visitors. Volunteers staff the Seal Exhibit, Touch Tank, Shark & Ray Touch Pool, Jiggle a Jelly and Ocean Beyond the Sound exhibit.
In addition, the divers who plunge in among our sharks are all volunteers as well. Certified qualified divers can join our dive team, but through a process different than what's described below.
In addition to the above information, there are a few things that you need to know before deciding to take the next steps in joining our volunteer program. Our mission is to educate the guests visiting The Maritime Aquarium about life above, on, and below the waterline of Long Island Sound and its watershed, and the need for wildlife conservation. We do not handle any of the aquarium animals other than those in the touch tanks, nor do we help care for them. This is an unpaid volunteer position.
Adult Applicants: If accepted as a Maritime Aquarium Volunteer, I agree to be available to volunteer four (4) days per month and commit to at least one year of service at the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. I understand that I will have NO direct animal contact other than those animals at The Maritime Aquarium’s touch tanks. I have read the acknowledgment of understanding, I have considered the requirements and essential functions, and I would like to submit my application for The Maritime Aquarium Volunteer Program. I certify that I am at least 18 years of age.
Teen Applicants and Parents/ Guardians: If accepted as a Volunteer at The Maritime Aquarium, I agree to be available to volunteer 1 day per week (July through September) and commit to at least 100 hours of service (Summer Season) or 2 days per month (September through June) and commit to at least 100 hours of service at the Maritime Aquarium (Academic Year Season). I understand that I will be required to work some weekends and holidays as part of my service. I understand that I will have NO direct animal contact other than those animals at The Maritime Aquarium’s touch tanks. I understand that I am the potential volunteer, not my parent/guardian. I understand that I must follow through with the application process, not my parent/guardian. I have read the acknowledgment of understanding, I have considered the requirements and essential functions, and I would like to submit my application for the Maritime Aquarium Volunteer Program. I certify that I am at least fifteen (15) years of age.
Interested in joining the Aquarium Dive Team and helping with presentations from inside The Maritime Aquarium's "Ocean Beyond the Sound" exhibit (with 7-foot sharks)? Please plan to attend these required meetings.
To be eligible, you must: have advanced open-water certification; be at least 18 years old; have a minimum of 25 open-water dives; have current DAN insurance; and have current first-aid and CPR certification.
For more information email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.