Volunteer Information

Whitney Docent Program

The Whitney Lab accepts VOLUNTEERS & INTERNS!

 

VOLUNTEER PROGRAM:

** NOTICE!  As of May, 2016 the Whitney Lab Volunteer Program IS FULL.  However, we invite you to fill out the required applications (see bottom of page) and submit them.  We will inform you when we receive your materials, and you will be added to our waiting list.  When we have openings, we ALWAYS search our waiting list prior to soliciting help via public avenues.

 

Because training is time-consuming and expensive, it is our hope that new volunteers will stay with the lab for at least two years.

Volunteers typically help in one of three areas:

1.  The Education Department –  trained volunteers guide K-6th grade students through a series of learning stations in our elementary education programs (Day at Whitney Program or Travel Zoo).  Volunteers also assist with our summer camp programs for elementary and middle school children, help represent the lab at off-site outreach or on-site public events, help lead tours of the lab and/or specific facilities, and perform husbandry tasks to care for and maintain animal collections and their housing. 

Learn more and see photos of our education programs in action!   Day at the Whitney Lab

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2.  The Sea Turtle Hospital – volunteers help with a wide array of activities in the Sea Turtle Hospital, doing everything from providing daily care for sick and injured turtles (feeding, medicine), animal husbandry (maintaining/cleaning tanks, prepping food, etc.), helping transport turtles between rescue and hospital site, and helping rescue turtles from outdoor areas.  Volunteers also represent the turtle hospital at outreach events.  Please visit this link for more information on the turtle program:

Sea Turtle Hospital Page:   http://www.whitney.ufl.edu/education-conservation/sea-turtle-hospital/

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3.  The Research Lab – volunteers help with tasks ranging from performing scientific experiments, collecting data in the field, preparing and processing samples, collecting specimens, and performing husbandry tasks to care for and maintain animal collections and their housing.  Please visit this link for more information on Whitney Lab’s research:       :http://www.whitney.ufl.edu/research/all-faculty/

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The PERKS of being a volunteer at the Whitney Lab:

  • Making a difference in the lives of thousands of children ~ for many this could be the experience that ignites their interest in science and marine life!
  • In-person training provided on all aspects of program or task operation
  • Invitation to annual Appreciation Dinner
  • The opportunity to work alongside people with like interests and develop new friendships
  • Invitation to special education lectures on a variety of marine and scientific topics

** Additional perks may apply for specific volunteer positions.

 

** NOTICE!  As of May, 2016 the Whitney Lab Volunteer Program IS FULL.  However, we invite you to fill out the required applications (see bottom of page) and submit them.  We will inform you when we receive your materials, and you will be added to our waiting list.  When we have openings, we ALWAYS search our waiting list prior to soliciting help via public avenues. 

Completed applications can be mailed to:

Whitney Lab    Attention:  Education Dept: Volunteering    9505 Oceanshore Blvd.  St. Augustine, FL  32080

Forms:
UF Record of Volunteer Service
VOLUNTEER APPLICATION.Whitney Lab