Whitney Docent Program
The Whitney Lab 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 – teach K-6th grade students in our elementary education programs, 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, and performing husbandry tasks to care for and maintain animal collections and their housing. Please see below for more details!
The PERKS of becoming involved in the Education 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).
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:
*The Whitney Lab Education Dept. and Sea Turtle Hospital are NOT ACCEPTING VOLUNTEER APPLICATIONS AT THIS TIME as all positions have been filled. PLEASE CHECK BACK WITH US IN 2016!
If questions, please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Angie Golubovich, at firstname.lastname@example.org