Position Title: Education Volunteer
Education Volunteers will provide educational content to guests of the St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station and in the Aquarium Foundation’s Conservation & Education Center (CEC) by interacting at exhibits or education carts in defined areas of the Aquarium and/or CEC. Education Volunteers may also assist in more formal classroom settings, assisting with school group visits, in education classes/programs for youth, and summer camp.
Education volunteers may be asked to speak to groups of visitors using a microphone to explain features of a specific exhibit such as: describing the types of fish they are viewing, characteristics of their habitat, sharing conservation messages, etc.
All volunteers will attend orientation through the St. Louis Aquarium Foundation and must be familiar with and follow all safety procedures as specified by the St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station. Some volunteer positions may require additional training and/or supervision from other Aquarium and Aquarium Foundation staff members and departments as appropriate to the specific volunteer duties.
The St. Louis Aquarium Foundation reserves the right to remove any volunteer for any reason.
Education Volunteers will be trained to educate Aquarium guests about aquatic species, local ecosystems and waterways, and water/habitat conservation. Volunteers may be asked to perform the following duties:
• Help educators in the Aquarium classroom(s) prepare supplies for school group programs and/or lead school groups on tours of the Aquarium exhibits
• Help keep education classrooms organized and prepped for the next session
• Work in the Conservation & Education Center at the hands-on exhibits, the Welcome Desk, provide help/guidance with the exhibits and digital components, keep exhibits clean and in working order (report any exhibit malfunctions to designated staff), monitor the Fish Draw activity, etc.
• Work at one of the designated volunteer educator carts on the Aquarium floor (or CEC) interacting with guests and teaching about the items on the cart (topics may include animal teeth, claws, shells, or bones; recycling/water heath; training will be provided)
• Assist with communications with schools to prepare them for their upcoming visit, or assisting with outreach efforts to inform schools about the H20 Friends program (free programs/field trips for underserved schools).
SPECIFIC JOB KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY:
Volunteer Position Requirements:
• Follow all zoOceanarium Group, St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station, and Aquarium Foundation Standard Operating Procedures and Policies
• Passion for enhancing the guest experience through interpretation about aquatic life and habitats
• Desire to work in close proximity to the Aquarium’s flora and fauna
• Strong communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively to staff, volunteers and visitors of all ages
• Ability to interact positively and appropriately with guests, volunteers and staff
• Be open to learning about every aspect of the St. Louis Aquarium and Aquarium Foundation and be open to suggestions and feedback
• Desire to fulfill our institutional mission of instilling a sense of wonder, respect and stewardship for the local waterways, oceans and their inhabitants and ecosystems
• Ability to read, write, and speak high school level English
• Seeking volunteers who can read, write, or speak Spanish, but not required
• Seeking volunteers who know sign language, but not required
• Experience presenting or communicating to small groups of people
• Must be age 18 or older