Organization Policies

 

What is Expected of All Volunteers:

  • A registration donation of $25.00 made payable to the Riverhead Foundation

  • 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 Exhibition Center and the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation

  • 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 and Exhibition Center on day of shift

  • A 30% discount in the café 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

  • A one year membership to the Riverhead Foundation

  • 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 Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation (RFMRP) 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 RFMRP and LIAEC to use, display, and/or publish any photographs/videos of myself while volunteering.

 

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