Volunteer

Florida Oceanographic Society needs your help! Whether you are looking to volunteerdonate or become a member or business partner, your support is vital to both Florida Oceanographic and to our mission. Get involved today!
The volunteer program at Florida Oceanographic is successful because it attracts dedicated, enthusiastic and passionate people who live our mission.  We currently have over 250 volunteers integrated into every aspect of our organization. Volunteers take ownership and pride in working with Florida Oceanographic and contribute thousands of hours each year.
 
A variety of volunteer opportunities exist at Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center for individuals 15 and older. We also have family and group opportunities with project specific activities that take place throughout the year. Please take a minute to browse through our Volunteer Opportunity Descriptions (below), fill out our online application and plan to attend an information session to learn more about our Coastal Center and how you can contribute to our mission.
 
 
If you have questions about our volunteer program or would like to attend an information session please contact Rosemary Badger, Volunteer Coordinator, at 772.225.0505 ext. 109 or email rbadger@floridaocean.org for more information.
 

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Oyster Shell Bagging

Date: Fri, Aug 25, 2017, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Category: Research Events
Summary: Attention oyster volunteers! Join us for an oyster shell bagging at 9am at the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center and help bag oyster shells that will eventually be deployed into the Indian River Lagoon for restoration. Please wear closed-toe shoes, appropriate clothing and bring a reusable water bottle. Gloves provided. Participants not wearing closed toe shoes will not be allowed to participate for liability/safety reasons. more…

Seagrass Survey

Date: Wed, Aug 30, 2017, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Category: Research Events
Summary: Spend the morning underwater collecting seagrass data with our research team! Wear closed-toe shoes and bring a mask and snorkel. Ideally, volunteers will have experience snorkeling and be willing to learn how to identify and measure seagrass species. more…

Volunteer Information Session

Date: Thu, Aug 31, 2017, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Category: Volunteer Meetings
Summary: Love the environment? Enjoy spending time outdoors? Have some free time? We might have the perfect volunteer opportunity for you! From exhibit guide to oyster shell baggers, from water quality testers to those cleaning up trash from our local beaches, and from animal care interns to gardeners - we try to find a volunteer opportunity that makes you want to inspire environmental stewardship in others. Attend one of our volunteer information sessions and learn about becoming a volunteer at Florida Oceanographic Society. more…

Join Our Oyster Reef Restoration Team

Current Volunteer Opportunities

EXHIBIT GUIDES - Are you passionate about the environment?  Do you enjoy working with children and adults?  If you are a people person and aren't squeamish around sea creatures, then consider joining the team of volunteers helping to inspire environmental stewardship among the 50,000 guests that visit Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center each year.  Initial training will help you get started, additional training opportunities are available and independent study is encouraged. Shifts range from 3.5 - 4 hours per week and volunteers must make a minimum commitment of 4 consecutive months.  Exhibit guides must be at least 15 years old. Youth volunteers applying to work with exhibits must submit a 500 word essay on the volunteer application and submit 2 teacher recommendations
 
ADMISSIONS/GIFT SHOP ATTENDANT - Are you comfortable operating a computer in a fun & bustling atmosphere?  Do you have exceptional customer service skills?  If you are looking to volunteer but prefer to keep your fingers dry, this might be a good fit for you.  Volunteers cover the admissions desk and the gift shop during staff lunch breaks.  A weekly commitment of one hour is required.  Must be at least 18 years old and proficient on the computer.
 
ANIMAL CARE INTERN - Do you have a background in marine biology or previous experience working with saltwater aquariums?  We are looking for degree seeking students interested in gaining college credit in an internship program.  This is a volunteer position which requires a 2-3 full day commitment every week.  Interns will help staff care for the animals, monitor diet, behavior and health, prepare daily food rations and assist with feedings, documentation and upkeep of aquariums and quarantine.  College credit is not guaranteed and must be applied for with your educational institution.  Must be able to lift 50 pounds and be at least 18 years old.
 
BEACH CLEAN-UPS - The Ocean DREAM Project provides the opportunity for families, individuals and groups to participate in beach clean-ups and report data back to Florida Oceanographic which will be forwarded to the county and to the state.   Every one of us can do something to help our environment.  Ocean Debris Removal Eliminates Accidental Mortality. Take action today and everyday by removing trash and manmade debris from areas where it doesn't belong.  Please download & print the Ocean DREAM data card and when your clean-up is done, return the completed card to Florida Oceanographic attn:  Rosemary Badger.  Please note:  All minors must be accompanied by an adult during beach/waterway clean-ups. Thank you for participating!
 
EDUCATION INTERN - Do you have a background in biology, marine biology, environmental science, or science education and a desire to build a career in one of these fields? We are looking for degree-seeking students interested in gaining experience or possible college credit through an internship with the Education Department at Florida Oceanographic Society. This is a volunteer position which requires a minimum commitment of at least 24 hours per week for at least 2 months, including some weekend shifts. The Education Intern will work as part of FOS’s Education team to carry out daily educational programming for visitors to the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center. The Intern will conduct formal educational presentations in front of audiences of up to 100+ guests, as well as informal educational lessons at our invertebrate touch tank, sea turtle pavilion, gamefish lagoon aquarium, butterfly garden, and inside of our nature center.  Additionally, the Education Intern may occasionally help lead field trips, group visits, outreach education, summer camp sessions, seining, snorkeling, and sea turtle walks. We are happy to work with the successful applicant to structure an internship program that will satisfy specific university requirements for credit, if necessary. Must be able to lift 50 pounds, stand for at least 3 hours, and be at least 18 years old.
 
FLORIDA OCEANOGRAPHIC OYSTER RESTORATION (FL.O.O.R.) - Improving the health of the St. Lucie River and the Indian River Lagoon is an important endeavor.  Did you know a single adult oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water per day?  The FL.O.O.R. (Florida Oceanographic Oyster Restoration) program actively engages the public in restoring oyster reef habitat. With the aid of thousands of volunteers, FL.O.O.R. restores oyster habitat by recycling shell, constructing reefs and growing oysters. We need volunteers to help us with monthly shell bagging and reef construction. Keep an eye on our calendar and Facebook for exact dates and times or contact Rosemary Badger, Volunteer Coordinator, at rbadger@floridaocean.org for more information.
 
FLORIDA OCEANOGRAPHIC SEAGRASS TRAINING EDUCATION RESTORATION (F.O.S.T.E.R.) - F.O.S.T.E.R.’s goal is to restore seagrass populations into our estuary impacted by fresh-water discharges and algal blooms. Seagrasses are vital to the health of Florida’s waterways as it provides habitat, nurseries, and food for a variety of estuarine species. In Florida, we have the highest seagrass biodiversity of the continental USA with seven species! The F.O.S.T.E.R. program relies on community-based restoration efforts to restore seagrass habitat. With a growing volunteer base, F.O.S.T.E.R. restores seagrass by collecting and growing seagrass fragments in nurseries, constructing seagrass planting units, and transplanting living seagrass into the estuary. Keep an eye on our calendar and Facebook for exact dates and times or contact Rosemary Badger, Volunteer Coordinator, at rbadger@floridaocean.org for more information.
 
GREEN TEAM GARDENERS - If you have ever taken a stroll through the butterfly garden, you have no doubt seen skippers and other butterflies flittering about and sipping sweet nectar from the many flowers adorning an abundance of green foliage. Each week, volunteers and staff work together to create harmony and balance in the garden.  They prune, transplant, propagate, nurture and remove invasive weeds that could otherwise choke out our beautiful garden.  It's a labor of love!  If you are interested in joining our Friday morning garden crew, please contact Rosemary Badger, Volunteer Coordinator, at rbadger@floridaocean.org.
 
WATER QUALITY TESTERS - Water quality is a much talked about subject on the Treasure Coast and something very important to area residents and our quality of life.  With the help of dedicated volunteers, Florida Oceanographic has been closely monitoring water quality in our area since 1998.  Collected data is reported and published in the newspaper and on our website on a weekly basis.  We are currently looking for volunteer water quality testers in these areas of the St. Lucie River: 1) the North Fork of the St. Lucie River including River Park Marina and 2) between the Roosevelt and Evans Crary Bridges.  If you are interested in volunteering for this program contact Rosemary Badger at RBadger@FloridaOcean.org.
 
 
For more information contact Rosemary Badger,
Volunteer Coordinator at 772-225-0505 x109 or
 

Benefits of Volunteering

  • Be part of a team - meet new people, make new friends
  • Make a difference in your community
  • Learn new skills, challenge yourself
  • Be part of the solution to environmental issues
  • Inspire others

Community Supporters

The following businesses support Florida Oceanographic's volunteer program with donations or discounts and/or incentives to our amazing volunteers who are actively involved in inspiring environmental stewardship.  We extend our sincerest thanks to these businesses!
 
 
 
 
The Chef Shack at Stuart Beach
 
Subway of Jensen Beach
 
To join our growing list of businesses who support our volunteer program, please contact Abigail Flood, Development Administrator, at (772) 225-0505 ext. 108 or via email aflood@floridaocean.org 
 
 
 

Our TEAM Ocean summer internship program is a competitive program for high school students who plan to pursue a career in marine science or environmental education. Interns work directly with staff and volunteers in all aspects of coastal center operations. All interns are required to make a minimum weekly time commitment. Applicants must be at least 15 years old as of May 31. Space is limited, applications open in March. Click here for more information

Please note:
The  deadline for submitting applications has passed. We hope you'll join us next year!
 
For more information contact Rosemary Badger,
Volunteer Coordinator at 772-225-0505 x109 or

Spotlights

Volunteer Spotlight

Has your experience with the Coastal Center been enhanced by a particular volunteer?  Are you a volunteer who wants to recognize a co-worker?  Or, is it time to toot your own horn!