P.O. Box 269, 120 Main Street, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532-0269 PHONE: 508-743-9888 | FAX: 508-759-5477 | E-Mail: nmlc@nmlc.org
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Volunteer CollageVolunteers are key to the National Marine Life Center’s success. Every hour of service is a valued contribution. From education to animal care, facilities to administration, fundraising to marketing, there is a volunteer experience for everyone!

Step 1: Complete a Volunteer Application.
Click Here for an on-line Volunteer Application OR
Click Here for a PDF Volunteer Application to print, complete, and mail in or drop off.

Step 2: Attend a New Volunteer Orientation, where you can learn more about the National Marine Life Center and our current volunteer opportunities.


For more information, contact Margot Madden at 508-743-9888 x306 or mmadden@nmlc.org.

Current Volunteer Opportunities:

Discovery Center Docents
~ Greet the public
~ Guide guests around the Discovery Center
~ Explain NMLC mission statement, purpose and answer questions
~ Present “Patient Updates” about current and past sea turtle and seal patients
~ Engage public in Discovery Center activities and exhibits
~ Run hands-on activities in the Discovery Center

 Education & Outreach Volunteers
~ Represent NMLC at festivals and fairs
~ Present programs to camps and school groups
~ Run hands-on activities
~ Develop education programs
~ Research new and exciting ways to construe information about marine animals and strandings

Administrative Volunteers
~ Maintain archive of articles on NMLC and marine animals
~ Mail newsletters and annual reports
~ Assist with filing, answering the phone, inputting data, photocopying

Fundraising Volunteers
~ Assist at fundraising events
~ Enter fundraising data
~ Research prospective donors and grantors
~ Search for opportunities (events, kiosks) for NMLC to present itself

Facility Volunteers
~ Build and update educational exhibits, patient enclosures, etc.
~ Facility maintenance (painting, plumbing, construction)
~ Yard work (weeding, planting flower beds, mulching)

Animal Care Volunteers (minimum age 18)
~ Clean tanks, weigh, measure and feed animals (red bellied cooters (turtles), diamondback terrapins (turtles), sea turtles, and/or seals)
~ Maintain cleanliness of clinic, animal hospital, and all animal care areas
~ Keep proper records, protocols, procedures, and maintenance

Junior Animal Care Volunteers (minimum age 14)
~ Clean headstart turtle tanks and feed the headstart turtles (red bellied cooters and/or diamondback terrapins)
~ Maintain cleanliness of food preparation area
~ Keep proper records, protocols, procedures, and maintenance

Note:  Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age. Animal Care Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, must be interviewed by our Animal Care staff, and must go through additional training with our Animal Care staff. Junior Animal Care Volunteers are limited to working with the headstart turtles, must be at least 14 years old, must be interviewed by our Animal Care staff, and must go through additional training with our Animal Care staff.


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