The success of the Marine Science Center is dependent upon volunteers who help with the day-to-day operations of the facility. In 2018, 263 volunteers donated over 20,000 hours to help care for the animals, welcome visitors, work on special projects such as marine research and exhibit maintenance, and educate the public about Volusia County’s marine environment. Volunteers are trained in specific departments of their choice, which can be a valued experience if a career in animal care or environmental education is being considered. Volunteering at the MSC can also be rewarding just by lending a hand helping to save the environment.
Volunteers can assist staff members in the following departments:
Volunteers in the education department play a vital role helping convey the Marine Science Center’s educational and conservation message. There are many opportunities including docents, special educational programming, summer camps, animal feeding programs, special events and administrative assistance.
Sea Turtle Hospital
The Turtle Hospital cares for a high volume of sick or injured sea turtles, gopher tortoises and other reptiles. Due to the critical nature of these endangered species, volunteers are carefully trained to help with the maintenance of the animal exhibits and day-to-day operations necessary to make the hospital run smoothly. Hard work in this department is rewarded every time a sea turtle, gopher tortoise or freshwater turtle is rehabilitated and returned to the wild.
Mary Keller Seabird Rehabilitation Center
Volunteers in the Seabird Hospital help care for the wide variety of birds that enter the hospital for rehabilitation as well as resident birds on exhibit. Volunteers are trained to help maintain the exhibits and hospital. The work is hard, but rewarding, when a rehabilitated bird flies away.
Aquarium and Life Support Department
Caring for the animals on exhibit and in rehabilitation is dependent on a number of important duties that trained volunteers assist with. These duties include testing water quality, food preparation, feeding animals, and aquarium and life support maintenance. Volunteering with the Aquarium Department is a great way to gain experience in the aquarium and animal husbandry field.
Volunteering in the Guest Services Department helps welcome visitors to the MSC and assists staff stocking and maintaining the gift shop.
Interested in becoming a volunteer?
To complete our volunteer application, visit Volunteer Volusia and complete the application. When you are signing up to volunteer, select the Marine Science Center from the list of choices. Once you complete the application, click "Submit," and we will be in touch with information about volunteering at the Marine Science Center. Thank you for your interest.
Volunteer orientation meetings are held at 10 a.m. the first Saturday of every month. The minimum age in the Turtle and Aquarium departments is 18 with a four-hour-a-week commitment. All other departments require a minimum age of 16.