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Job Title:      Volunteer

Job Description:  Volunteers will assist guests and perform educational tours.  The primary function of our volunteers is as ambassadors to the animals in our facility.

Qualifications:

  • At least 16 years of age.
  • Must have an interest in working with animals and people and/or a willingness to learn.

Duties:

  • Interacting with the public in main exhibit areas.
  • Providing educational tours of the building for groups of all ages.
  • Assisting staff behind the scenes, when needed, with daily work load and odd jobs.
  • Performing interpretive talks on a microphone; sometimes to accompany a feeding demonstration.
  • Monitoring public behavior to ensure the safety of our guests and animals.
  • Providing assistance to disabled guests.
  • Assisting staff with on and off site educational programs that may include live animals.
  • Assisting with miscellaneous house cleaning chores as needed.
  • Assisting with Birthday parties (including tours or hosting).
  • Acting as costumed aquarium mascot.
  • Assisting staff or perform daily water quality testing.
  • Assisting husbandry staff with feeding, enrichment, or exhibit maintenance.
  • Using personal skills to assist with ongoing projects in the aquarium.
  • And anything else that may be needed to help the aquarium fulfill its mission.

Requirements:

  • Expected to familiarize yourself with the life histories and conservation considerations of animals in our facility.
  • Must have good communication skills.
  • Must be able to adapt to frequent schedule changes.
  • Must be willing to work/interact with a diverse group of people and animals.
  • Must have reliable transportation.
  • Must be willing to volunteer for a minimum of six months.
  • Must be willing to donate a minimum of 8-16 hours per month (depending on the season), 24 hours per month if volunteering in the summer only.

Disclaimer:

Position involves standing for long periods of time, stair climbing throughout the day, and occasionally working in stressful situations.

For Complete Job Details: Download the Job Description PDF


If you are interested in becoming a docent, please call 732-899-1659 and ask for the Volunteer Coordinator.

Interested parties can also download, fill out and return the Volunteer Application.
Download Volunteer Application
http://jenkinsons.com/aquarium/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2014/07/Vol-application-2014.pdf
Return completed application to:
Jennifer Lengares
Volunteer Manager
Jenkinson’s Aquarium
300 Ocean Avenue
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

Or by
Fax: 732-899-1717

Or by email

volunteers@jenkinsons.com