Organization Policies


What is Expected of All Volunteers:

  • A registration donation of $50.00 ($25.00 for Junior Volunteers) made payable to the New York Marine Rescue Center
  • A minimum commitment of 8 hours of service per month for one full year
  • Successful completion of Virtual Volunteer Orientation and On-Site Rescue Center Orientation 
  • Utilize our online volunteer system to sign-up for shifts and manage your volunteer schedule
  • Compliance with the policies and procedures of Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center 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
  • Ability to work independently and as a team under potentially stressful conditions
  • One donated item per year to be provided to the New York Marine Rescue Center for events and fundraisers.
  • Any aids and/or caretakers planning to attend shifts with a volunteer must apply and attend all necessary trainings with their volunteers. 


What is Expected of Volunteers Under 18 Years of Age:

  • 12-15 year olds can attend a volunteer orientation with a parent / guardian volunteer
  • A parent/guardian volunteer must be present for every volunteer shift until the junior volunteer is at least 16 years old. Parents/guardians must sign up to volunteer.
  • 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 eligible to volunteer in hands on animal positions.


Volunteer Benefits:

  • Free admission to Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center 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 and Exhibition Center after 50 hours of service, renewable on anniversary date for active volunteers
  • Two free guest passes to the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center for every six months of continuous volunteer service after initial 50 hours.
  • 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 and Exhibition Center (LIAEC).  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 LIAEC to use, display, and/or publish any photographs/videos of myself while volunteering.


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