Become a NY Aquarium Docent!
|Become a docent – also known as an exhibit interpreter – at the New York Aquarium and help staff exhibits, teach visitors about marine conservation, and assist at events and education programs. As a docent, you will have the opportunity to meet individuals from around the world and join a family of fellow volunteers, staff, and wildlife experts who share a passion for our natural world.
The Docent Program is open to anyone age 15 and older: high school students, college/grad students, and adults. Apply now!
Docent responsibilities include:
•Speaking with aquarium visitors and giving exhibit chats using biological artifacts and other visual aids
•Assisting with the development and implementation of special events
•Staffing information and craft tables during special events on-site and off-site
•Assisting Education Department instructors with school and family programs
•Teaching visitors how to interact with horseshoe crabs, sea stars, and other animals at our touch pools
•Conducting short marine conservation programs on the Coney Island Boardwalk outside of the aquarium entrance
Significant support for this program is provided by National Grid.
|Additional Skills Required:|
|To get involved, print and fill out an application. You must be at least 15 years or older to apply. Admission to the program is competitive. After an interview and orientation, accepted candidates must complete an intensive 7-day training course, which takes place twice this year, in early summer and late summer (please visit our website for the training schedule). The training includes sessions on marine science, public speaking skills, and activities designed to foster good relations among docents. Applicants under age 18 must have a parent sign their application form and a teacher fill out the recommendation form.
Please visit our website at www.nyaquarium.com/docents for a complete overview of the docent program and links to our application.|
|New York Aquarium-WCS|
Surf Avenue @ West 8th Street
Brooklyn, New York 11224
| Ongoing Project|
|Click here to Apply|