Whitney Docent Program
The Whitney Lab has accepts VOLUNTEERS and INTERNS!
Whitney Lab Volunteers and Interns serve in various departments, but are primarily woven into the following operations:
1. The Education Department – helping teach K-6th grade students in our elementary education programs, helping teach summer camp programs for elementary and middle school children, helping represent the lab at off-site outreach or on-site public events, helping lead tours of the lab and/or specific facilities (for example ~ Sea Turtle Hospital), and performing husbandry tasks to care for and maintain animal collections and their housing. Please see below for more details!
2. The Sea Turtle Hospital – helping provide 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, helping rescue turtles from outdoor areas. Represent turtle hospital at outreach events. Please visit this link for more information on the turtle program:
3. The Research Lab – helping perform scientific experiments, help prepare and process samples, collect specimens, performing husbandry tasks to care for and maintain animal collections and their housing, etc. Please visit this link for more information on Whitney Lab’s research:
* YOU MUST FILL OUT THE 2 REQUIRED FORMS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE TO GET INVOLVED!
EDUCATION PROGRAM VOLUNTEER INFORMATION ~ Whitney Laboratory docents are enthusiastic volunteers dedicated to promoting an understanding of science among school children. Docents come from all walks of life and levels of experience and need not have a science or marine-related background. Docents are used to help increase the number of children reached through education programs far beyond what would otherwise be possible with the very limited staff within the education department.
The PERKS of becoming a Whitney Lab Education Docent:
Because training is time-consuming and expensive, it is our hope that new members will stay with the program for at least two years.
Education Docents are placed in one of two programs – the Day at Whitney or the Traveling Zoo program.
The Day at the Whitney Lab program is geared toward 4th-6th grade students and offers an opportunity for children to practice being a “Scientist for the Day”. Students learn about some of the marine invertebrate animals used in research, conduct their own snail experiment, study the marine fouling community under the microscopes, and discover the plankton that inhabits local waters! Docents usually volunteer from 9am – 1pm (exact time frame varies by program).
Learn more and see photos of a typical Day at the Whitney Lab
The Traveling Zoo is designed for students in grades K through 3. Docents transport small marine animals to schools and present programs that permit the youngsters to see, touch, and learn about local marine life. The children’s enthusiasm and curiosity keep Whitney Docents on their toes and keep them involved in the program for years and years! Docents usually volunteer from 7:30am – 1:00pm (exact time frame varies by program).
Are you interested in becoming a Whitney Lab VOLUNTEER or INTERN?
Whitney Lab Attention: Volunteer Coordinator 9505 Ocean Shore Blvd. St. Augustine, FL 32080
Questions about the forms? Contact our Volunteer Coordinator at (904) 461-4015