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.
 

2016 Information Sessions & Orientation Dates

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 and programs 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 or when staff are sick or on vacation.  A weekly commitment is not required unless covering a regular lunch shift.  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.
 
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 Vincent Encomio (vencomio@floridaocean.org) or Pam Hopkins (phopkins@floridaocean.org).
 
OYSTER REEF RESTORATION - 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?  That is why Florida Oceanographic is committed to restoring oyster reefs to our estuarine waterways.  With the help of volunteers in our community, we're cleaning up our waterways by creating restored oyster reefs and monitoring their success using various techniques including the use of underwater microphones called hydrophones. 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.
 
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!
 
PLANT RESTORATION VOLUNTEERS - 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, propogate, 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 Pam Hopkins at 225-0505 x114 or e-mail phopkins@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
 
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, 2016. Space is limited, applications open in March. Click here for more information

Please note:
The May 9, 2016 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!