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					                                                                                                                          Become an

                                                                                                                          Aquarium
                                                                                                                          Volunteer
                                                            About the Aquarium
   How Do I Get Started?                                    Since its founding in 1903, Scripps Institution of
                                                            Oceanography has maintained a public aquarium-
                                                            museum to share the wonders of the ocean world
   You can fill out an application online by visiting our
                                                            with the public.
   website at aquarium.ucsd.edu, or call 858/822-4934, or
   email volunteers@ucsd.edu to request an information      Today, Birch Aquarium at Scripps features a stunning
   packet and application by mail.                          variety of Pacific marine life in more than 60 habitats,
                                                            three touchable living tide pools, a 70,000-gallon kelp
                                                            forest tank and a museum showcasing cutting-edge
                                                            discoveries by Scripps explorers. The aquarium also offers
                                                            a wide variety of public and school programs for all ages.
   When Do I Start?                                         Birch Aquarium is open 9 am–5 pm every day except
                                                            Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. We
                                                            are located at 2300 Expedition Way in La Jolla, California.
   After we receive your application,
   we will contact you to attend a
   volunteer orientation if your
   skills and availability match our
   openings. Orientations are by
                                                                                                                                      Sea How You Can
   invitation only and are not open                                                                                                   Make a Difference!
   to the public. All applicants are
   required to attend an orientation
   before volunteering at our
   organization. After attending
   this orientation, you will be
   contacted for an interview to
   discuss your future with Birch
   Aquarium at Scripps.




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                                                                 Volunteer
                                                                 Requirements
                                                                 • Be at least 16 years of age
                                                                 • Available to work a minimum
                                                                   of 4 shifts per month for a
                                                                   total of 16 hours per month
                                                                 • Commit to a minimum of
                                                                   6 months of volunteer service
                                                                 • All volunteer and internship
                                                                   positions are unpaid




   You can make a meaningful contribution to
   the experiences of visitors, and in your life,                Areas to Volunteer                                           Benefits of
   as a volunteer for Birch Aquarium at Scripps.
                                                                                                                              Volunteering
   As the public center for world-renowned Scripps Institution   • Education                       • Public Presentations   • Meaningful contribution to the experiences of visitors
   of Oceanography at UC San Diego, more than 400,000            • Visitor Services                • Guided Tours           • Opportunity to enjoy new friendships and interests
   people visit Birch Aquarium at Scripps each year and
                                                                 • Husbandry                       • and more!              • Association with world-renowned Scripps Institution
   engage in exhibits, public programs and special events.
                                                                 • Exhibit Interpreters                                       of Oceanography
   Our volunteers are a community of people comprised of all                                                                • Free lecture and learning opportunities from
   ages, backgrounds and professional and student expertise.                                                                  ocean experts
   As a volunteer, you support our mission in a variety of
                                                                                                                            • Free aquarium access during public operating hours
   ways, including:
                                                                                                                            • Free parking while volunteering
     • Providing ocean science education as classroom
       aides and exhibits and tide-pool interpreters                                                                        • Four aquarium guest passes for each service
                                                                                                                              year completed
     • Interpreting Scripps research by answering visitor
                                                                                                                            • $10 discount on aquarium membership
       questions about live animals and interactive
       science exhibits                                                                                                     • 10% discount to the aquarium bookshop

     • Promoting ocean conservation by encouraging                                                                          • 10% discount to Splash! café
       stewardship for the environment                                                                                      • Bi-monthly volunteer newsletter, High Tide Times
   Regardless of your assignment, you help support Birch                                                                    • Annual volunteer appreciation party
   Aquarium’s operations to the point that we couldn’t open
   our doors without you!




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