NMFS Northeast Fisheries Science Center
Woods Hole Science Aquarium Looking for Volunteers
The Woods Hole Science Aquarium (WHSA) is looking for volunteers to help care for animals in the aquarium collection. WHSA volunteers help prepare food, clean tanks, feed animals, and work on special projects such as updating exhibit signs.
“This is hands-on work, and it sometimes involves getting wet or dirty and smelling fishy,” said Rachel Metz, the WHSA senior aquarist who supervises volunteers. “The aquarium staff appreciates our volunteers and we enjoy training and teaching – so volunteering is an opportunity to learn about aquarium operations and marine animals.”
Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and must be able to work two-and-a-half or three hours, one morning or afternoon per week, for a minimum of three months. Anyone who might be interested in volunteering is invited to e-mail or telephone Rachel Metz at (Rachel.Metz@noaa.gov or 508-495-2098).
The WHSA is open to the public five days a week, year round. The aquarium collection includes approximately 140 species of marine animals. The seal habitat is currently being renovated and the aquarium staff expects to have seals in residence in 2008. WHSA volunteers may help care for stranded sea turtles that are rehabilitated over the winter and released in the summer.
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