Discover FAU Harbor Branch



Florida Atlantic University Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (FAU Harbor Branch) 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:

Become a Volunteer with our Development Team

Help us to celebrate Harbor Branch’s 50th Anniversary! The Development Team is looking for enthusiastic individuals with attention to detail and a focus on quality and excellence. Volunteers will assist in the preparation of many exciting events over the coming year and will participate in pre-planning activities as well as “day-of” tasks. Duties include, but are not limited to, filling of gift bags, assisting with data entry and the organization of guest lists, check-in procedures and more. Volunteers must have a working knowledge of Microsoft Office and be able to lift 20 lbs. Schedule and hours are flexible within the timeframe and deadline of each event.

Become a Volunteer with Ocean Discovery Visitors Center

Volunteers are needed to staff the welcome desk at the FAU Harbor Branch Ocean Discovery Visitors Center. After being closed for a year and a half due to COVID-19, we are excited to relaunch our public programs and welcome volunteers back at the end of this summer!

The Visitors Center is a destination where the community can come to learn about the research conducted by FAU Harbor Branch marine scientists and engineers. The welcome desk attendant has a very important job; as the first person to receive guests entering the Visitors Center, they are responsible for making a great first impression and promoting our offerings. The attendant’s primary duties include greeting guests as they arrive, collecting basic visitor tracking data, providing information about current outreach programs, keeping a watchful eye on the Visitors Center while staff members are busy, and assisting with various organizational tasks as needed.

In addition to being a part of our outreach team, volunteers will receive a complimentary Immersion Tour, 15% off at the FAU Harbor Branch Gift Shop, and access to special events.

The Visitors Center is open Tuesday - Saturday from 10- 4 pm. The welcome desk attendant is required to fulfill a minimum of one three-hour shift each week (10 am - 1 pm or 1 pm - 4 pm). If you would like to volunteer but are unable to do so on a regular basis, other opportunities may be available. The number of visitors that come to the center each day is highly variable. While some days are very busy, others are quiet; volunteers must be able to remain seated at the welcome desk for the entirety of their shift and be prepared to greet visitors as they arrive. For this reason, volunteers are encouraged to bring a book or other quiet activity and will have access to a computer with internet to use during slow periods.




Become a volunteer with the Marine Mammals Rescue team

Established in 1998, the FAU Harbor Branch 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).


For more information, please contact:

Cathy Rossmell, HBOI Volunteer Coordinator

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