Volunteer Information

The Whitney Lab Accepts Volunteers and Interns

The Whitney Lab is an amazing place, with a suite of scientific experts from around the world that work on cutting edge projects which may yield insight into the health, biological, and conservation issues of today!


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Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers!


To be considered eligible to volunteer at the Whitney Laboratory you must:
  • Be 18 years of age (sometimes exceptions can be made)
  • Have a good attitude
  • Be reliable and have transportation to/from the lab
  • Certain departments require more experience, see below
  • Have an active email account that you check on a weekly basis
  • Have a working phone number which you can be reached on the day of your shift
Perks of Being at Volunteer ar the Whitney Laboratory:
  • Opportunity to work alongside people with like interests and develop new friendships
  • Invitation to special science lectures and educational field trips
  • Invitation to Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
  • Invitation to participate in community events and special on-site Whitney Lab events
  • Training provided on all aspects of assigned program or task operation
  • Volunteers Name Tag, T-shirt, and Manual

Education Department

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 Marine Zoo).  Volunteers can also assist with special programs for middle and high school children, adult outreach, 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.

Education Volunteers make 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!

Learn more and see photos of our education programs in action!

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 can develop skills in animal husbandry and science communication by representing the Sea Turtle Hospital at outreach events.

Sea Turtle Hospital Volunteers help nurture amazing endangered reptiles so they can be released back to the wild where they belong!

More information about the Sea Turtle Hospital
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Research Laboratory

Research Laboratory

Volunteers help with tasks ranging from 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.

Volunteering in the Lab contributes to short and long-term research and helps to keep Citizen Science Projects benefitting the community in the active realm.

Process to become a Whitney Volunteer in Education or the Sea Turtle Hospital

Complete the Online Application: Whitney Laboratory Volunteer Application

Note: Additional documents are not required to apply as a volunteer

Your application will be maintained in our database and you will be put on our waiting list. When a position that fits your experience or availability opens, you will be contacted for an interview. When we have openings, we ALWAYS search our waiting list prior to soliciting help via public avenues. 

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Whitney Laboratory!

If you have any questions about volunteering, please contact Brenda Cannaliato, Education Manager, (904) 201-8406.


Internship Opportunities

Please see Employment Page.