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Volunteers

FAU's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute welcomes your enthusiasm, experience and energy as a volunteer.  Anyone interested in volunteering may complete the application .  Consideration is given to all applications and placement is based on the needs of the Institute.  These needs change often and include on-going and short-term opportunities. 

For more information, please contact:

Cathy Rossmell, HBOI Volunteer Coordinator
772-242-2460
crossmel@fau.edu

HBOI Outreach - A Call for Volunteers

Volunteer Front Desk Support is needed at the Ocean Discovery Center (ODC) for visitor center activities and administrative needs. Front Desk Support Volunteers will be asked to commit to at least one 4-hour shift each week assisting with tour organization and visitor experience at the ODC. Hours and days will be set each week unless other arrangements are made with individual volunteers. Front Desk Support Volunteers are welcome to volunteer in other capacities throughout the week.

Volunteer Tour Assistants are needed at the Ocean Discovery Center (ODC) to assist tour leaders on Immersion Tours of campus, beginning and ending at the ODC. Volunteer Tour Assistants will be asked to commit to 3-hour shifts. Volunteer Tour Assistants will be scheduled weekly based on the Immersion Tour schedule. Hours and days will be set each week unless other arrangements are made with individual volunteers.

Dolphin Photo-ID Program Volunteers are needed to help with field and office work. Volunteers will be assigned to a day of the week and depending on the weather will either participate on the boat with Photo-ID employees or stay with them in the office.  If it is a boat day, the day may consist of a total of 6-10 hours.  If the day turns out to be an office day, the time may vary depending on how much office work is needed.  The program is currently looking for people to work both in the field and in the office.  You may volunteer to do both types of jobs or just one (just office or just field work).  There will be no physical interaction with live marine mammals.

Front Desk Support Volunteers  may perform some or all of the following:
   • Greeting visitors when they enter the Ocean Discovery Center
   • Maintaining a presence at the ODC front desk at all times
   • Answering ODC general line; answering basic questions and directing inquiries to the appropriate staff member
   • Compiling visitor packets
   • Maintaining information displays in the front lobby
   • Gathering and entering visitor statistics into survey spreadsheet
   • Gathering and entering visitor contact information into an Excel spreadsheet
   • Preparing items for the tours that could include 
      o Providing every tour participant with info packet
      o Checking in tour participants
      o Ensuring all tour participants have signed liability waivers
      o Confirming all guest names with security supervisor for gate access
      o Creating and distributing name tags to tour participants
   • Other administrative duties as assigned
Front Desk Support Volunteers requirements: 
   • Able to successfully complete pre-enrollment requirements including background screening
   • Able to interact with the general public in an engaging and friendly way both in-person and over the phone
   • Able to lift 5lbs - 10lbs comfortably 
   • Able to operate a computer; familiarity with Excel and Word
   • Comfortable and reliable with fiduciary responsibilities including accepting donations and payments via credit card, cash and check in accordance with the FAU Harbor Branch financial policies and procedures
   • Able to pass golf cart safety course

Volunteer Tour Assistants may perform some or all of the following:
   • Collecting and preparing trams for tours
   • Driving a tour cart
   • Assisting with directing group in labs and presentation locations
   • Ensuring tours continue on schedule, including maintaining communication with presenters along the tour route
   • Responding to individual participant needs, including safety and emergency issues that may arise
   • Ensuring a positive experience for all participants
   • Accepting donations and payments via credit card, cash and check in accordance with the FAU Harbor Branch financial policies and procedures
   • Other tour-related duties as assigned
Volunteer Tour Assistant requirements:
   • Able to successfully complete pre-enrollment requirements including background check
   • Able to lift 5lbs - 10lbs comfortably
   • Able to use a walkie-talkie
   • Able to commit to at least three hours per assignment
   • Able to pass golf cart safety course
   • Comfortable and reliable with fiduciary responsibilities including accepting donations and payments via credit card, cash and check in accordance with the FAU Harbor Branch financial policies and procedures

Dolphin Photo-ID Program Volunteer requirements:
   • Able to perform office tasks including: photocopying and scanning data sheets, entering data into Access, image archival, preliminary photo-ID analysis of dorsal fins and other office duties as necessary (Basic computer experiece is required, experience with Access and Photoshop is preferred)
   • Able to accompany team on boat in field with main focus being on data recording and assisting in searching for dolphins during surveys (boating experience preferred but not required) Must be comfortable on boats and around the water for extended periods of time in all types of weather conditions.on boats and around the water for extended periods of time in all types of weather conditions.
   • Able to handle strenuous field conditions and be physically fit
   • Able to bring their own food, water and other items needed for weather and water conditions

 



Last Modified 8/26/15