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South Carolina Aquarium Charity Profile
The South Carolina Aquarium inspires conservation of the natural world by exhibiting and caring for animals, by excelling in education and research, and by providing an exceptional visitor experience. The South Carolina Aquarium will be a world-class model promoting a healthy, sustainable balance among human beings, wildlife, and the earth we share. We will lead by example locally, regionally, and nationally, engaging visitors, offering science-based education, and collaborating with partners in wildlife conservation and research.
South Carolina Aquarium Volunteer Information
The South Carolina Aquarium is a non-profit organization and greatly relies on and appreciates our volunteers and the help they provide. Our Volunteer Program is comprised of a group of over 350 diverse, enthusiastic individuals. There are many different positions for which to volunteer, whether you like to work with the public, behind the scenes or in the office. Duties include food preparation, feeding fish and invertebrates, cleaning tanks, record keeping, general maintenance, and special projects. Requirements: In addition to general requirements, must complete additional training with Husbandry staff.
Qualifications: Must have prior animal care experience (home aquaria, pets, etc.); must be agile and able to lift 50 lbs; must be willing to get wet and handle fish, shrimp, squid, etc. to be used for food; must be willing to learn more about animal and tank care independently; must be able to stand for extended periods of time; must be able to keep meticulous records. Commitment: Must be able to work at least one, 4-hour shift each week for one year.
Position Description: To help maintain the Aquarium’s bird collection. Duties include daily food preparation and feeding; inventorying and stocking food supply; cleaning bird cages, general maintenance; animal observation; and record keeping.
Requirements: Must complete additional training with Husbandry staff.
Qualifications: Must be able to lift 50 lbs and be agile; must be able to follow recipes and handle insects, must be able to keep meticulous records; should have an interest in bird species of South Carolina. Commitment: Must be able to work at least one, 4- hour shift each week for one year.
Position Description: Duties include preparing food for dives; helping to feed the animals and maintain exhibit tanks; help maintain backup areas and equipment; interacting with visitors to educate them about the animals and their ecosystems; and general help as needed upon request of the Life Support and/or Aquarist Staff.
Requirements: In addition to the general requirements, divers must complete the Aquarium diver certification program, which includes an “in-water” skills test and an apprenticeship with experienced divers.
Qualifications: Must be 18 years of age, have advanced SCUBA certification or the equivalent and work well in a team-oriented environment. Commitment: Must be able to work two, 7-hour shifts (8 AM – 4 PM) each month for one year.
Position Description: To serve as an Aquarium Ambassador, including serving as exhibit interpreters for visitors. Exhibit guides convey the theme of the Aquarium with special emphasis on education and conservation messages throughout the facility.
Requirements: In addition to general requirements, Exhibit Guides must successfully complete the 6-week training course, pass the final examination and attend any additional training required for specific gallery activities.
Qualifications: Exhibit Guides must be eager and willing to deal with a wide variety of people, as well as work with and handle animals. Patience, excellent verbal communication skills, flexibility and a sense of humor are essential in this position. Commitment: Must be able to work at least one, 4-½ shift per weekday or a minimum of one shift every other weekend for one year.
Position Description: To assist with the maintenance of the plant collection inside and outside the Aquarium or the nursery. Duties include watering, plant inspections, exhibit maintenance, and assistance with current projects. Requirements: In addition to the general requirements, volunteers must complete all additional training required by the Husbandry staff.
Qualifications: Must be comfortable working in typical gardening situations, whether on site or at the nursery. Hot, cold, humid and wet situations are to be expected. Some lifting is required. Commitment: Can accommodate most schedules; 2-3 hours per week preferred.
South Carolina Aquarium Donation Information
The South Carolina Aquarium is a 501(c)-3 not-for-profit organization. We rely on the gifts of donors and members to help us continue to educate the public on conservation, care for sick and injured animals and to lead the community in conservation programs and efforts. No matter how you give, you can feel good about supporting the Aquarium’s conservation and education programs.
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