Organization Policies


What is Expected of All Volunteers:

  • A registration donation of $50.00 made payable to the New York Marine Rescue Center

  • A minimum commitment of two shifts of service per month (8 hours total) for six months

  • Successful completion of Volunteer Orientation

  • Compliance with the policies and procedures of Long Island Aquarium and the New York Marine Rescue Center

  • Behave in a professional and courteous manner at all times, avoiding conversation topics that might isolate, discriminate against or make other individuals feel uncomfortable

  • Proper uniform attire worn at all times while volunteering

  • Must commit to a volunteer schedule but be flexible in specific volunteer assignments

  • Ability to work independently and as a team under potentially stressful conditions


What is Expected of Volunteers Under 18 Years of Age:

  • 12-15 year olds can attend a volunteer orientation with their parent

  • A parent/guardian must be present for every volunteer shift until the junior volunteer is at least 16 years old

  • 16 and 17 year olds will need their parent to sign a liability form prior to the orientation but will not need a chaperone to attend an orientation or be present while volunteering 

  • Anyone under 18 years old is not to volunteer hands on animal positions.


Volunteer Benefits:

  • Free admission to Long Island Aquarium on day of shift

  • A 30% discount in the cafĂ© and gift shop upon completion of training

  • One free meal on day of volunteer activity, with a minimum of four hours of service for the day.  Additional meal restrictions apply

  • A membership to the Long Island Aquarium after 50 hours of service, renewable on anniversary date for active volunteers

  • Two free guest passes to the Long Island Aquarium for every six months of continuous volunteer service

  • A one year membership to the New York Marine Rescue Center

  • Annual recognition at event/awards ceremony

  • Opportunity to participate in challenging and rewarding life experiences which offer personal enrichment

  • Training materials and unlimited learning opportunities offering the ability to acquire new skills and knowledge



I fully understand that I am responsible for meeting the criterion listed above in order to remain a volunteer with the New York Marine Rescue Center (NYMRC) and the Long Island Aquarium (LIA).  I also acknowledge that I will be entitled only to the above benefits as a reward for my active volunteer status.  I do not expect any monetary compensation for the services I am providing and authorize NYMRC and LIA to use, display, and/or publish any photographs/videos of myself while volunteering.


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