FAU's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute welcomes your enthusiasm, experience, and energy as a volunteer.  Anyone interested in volunteering may complete the application .  If you are interested in volunteering at the Ocean Discovery Visitors Center, please complete this form in addition to the volunteer application. Consideration is given to all applications and placement is based on the Institute’s needs which may include short-term and on-going opportunities.

Current opportunities:

Ocean Discovery Visitors Center

Volunteers are needed to staff the Welcome Desk at the FAU Harbor Branch Ocean Discovery Visitors Center (ODVC). The ODVC is a destination where the community can come to learn about the research conducted by the Institute’s marine scientists and engineers and is visited by approximately 10,000 guests each year. The Welcome Desk attendant has a very important job; as the first person to receive ODVC guests, they are responsible for making a great first impression and ensuring proper procedures are followed. The attendant’s duties include greeting and providing information to visitors as they arrive, keeping a watchful eye on the ODVC while staff members are busy, answering the telephone, responding to inquiries about our programs and assisting with various organizational tasks as needed.

  • Volunteer shifts are 3-hour time blocks
  • From 10am - 1pm or 1pm - 4pm
  • Tuesday – Saturday
  • Shifts are assigned based on the Center’s needs for assistance.

The welcome desk attendant is required to fulfill at least one three-hour shift each week and must be able to remain seated at the station for the entire shift. The number of visitors that come to the center each day is highly variable, while some days are very busy, others are quiet. Volunteers are encouraged to bring a book/etc. and also have access to wifi/a computer with internet to use during slow periods, but must be prepared to greet visitors as they arrive.


Become a volunteer with the Marine Mammals Rescue team

Established in 1998, the FAU HBOI Marine Mammal Rescue Program was developed to respond to stranding events in Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties. In addition, the stranding team will travel throughout Florida to assist our stranding partners when called upon. The FAU Harbor Branch rescue team operates as a marine mammal stranding responder under a Letter of Authorization issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). 

View additional information on how to become a volunteer with the Marine Mammal Rescue team.

For more information, please contact:

Cathy Rossmell, HBOI Volunteer Coordinator