Mystic, Conn. (February 4, 2016): According to Stephen Post, PhD, Director for the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics at Stony Brook University, “volunteering lengthens life - and improves the quality of life”. Volunteerism at Mystic Aquarium has that meaningful impact not only on those who do the work but also for the greater community.
Work being done by volunteers is helping Mystic Aquarium accomplish their mission of conservation, education and research on campus, along the shoreline, in the estuaries of Long Island Sound, on species in South Africa and the Artic, and so much more.
Monthly throughout 2016, Mystic Aquarium is hosting a Volunteer Open House to showcase volunteer opportunities that are not only gratifying but meaningful in the protection of the ocean planet. Anyone interested in learning more about volunteer positions is encouraged to attend the open house on campus on Saturday, February 27 from 11AM to 3PM. The subsequent events will be held on the fourth Saturday of every month through the end of the year.
Candidates will receive a one-hour tour of the facility from enthusiastic volunteers, who also will answer any questions regarding the program. Facility tours will be run every 15 minutes.
Volunteers are involved in all aspects of everyday operations at Mystic Aquarium including the Animal Rescue Program, Education, Exhibit Interpretation, Fish & Invertebrates (F&I), Husbandry, Marine Theater, Marketing, Research, SCUBA and Special Events.
Volunteers in education assist with classes, overnights, and other special events. Husbandry and F&I volunteers work closely with the animals in exhibit maintenance, fish preparation, enrichment, data recording, programming needs and more. SCUBA-certified volunteers assist with exhibit maintenance, underwater marriage proposals, and special event diving. In Guest Services, responsibilities include exhibit interpretations, assistance with hands-on exhibits like Discovery Lab and more. Full orientation and training programs are available.
From college students working toward their degree, professionals looking to supplement their resume, retirees looking for fulfilling ways to spend their golden years, or simply conservation-minded individuals, there are opportunities available to meet unique schedules and interests.
Aside from the personal fulfillment of a volunteer position at Mystic Aquarium, other perks include admission savings, retail discounts, and more. Volunteers are also welcome to attend all staff events and are guests of honor at our annual Volunteer Appreciation Night.
Our Volunteer Open House is the perfect way to test the waters at Mystic Aquarium.
Volunteers don't get paid, not because they're worthless, but because they're priceless. -Author Sherry Anderso
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