Maritime Aquarium seeks volunteers

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is seeking volunteers. Two interview sessions for potential volunteers will be held on Wednesday, June 6 and Thursday, June 7, at 5 p.m. Interested volunteers should attend one of the sessions.

Prior knowledge about marine animals isn’t necessary to be a Maritime Aquarium volunteer. There will be a special abbreviated three-day course which meets from Tuesday, June 26 to Thursday, June 28, from 1 to 5 p.m. each day. Attendance at all three days of training is mandatory.

Most volunteers work as gallery ambassadors, helping Aquarium guests learn more about the represented animals of Long Island Sound, from crabs and jellyfish to seals and sharks.

“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. “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.”

Volunteers must be at least 15-years old to sign up. Teen volunteers must commit to at least 100 hours of service through either: one day per week July through September (summer season); or two days per month September through June.

Adult volunteers must commit to four days per month and at least one year of service.

Letters of recommendation, and other service-award forms, will be signed after completion of the 100 hours of service.

A $40 fee covers the costs of training materials and uniforms. Volunteers can receive discounts in the Gift Shop, Café and on many programs.

Advance registration is required for the interview sessions and volunteer training course. Get all the details about volunteering and an application at maritimeaquarium.org/volunteer.

For more information, contact [email protected], 203-852-0700, ext. 2225.

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