The New York Aquarium is Accepting Applications for Summer Docents

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium is looking for aquatic animal lovers to join its team of dedicated docents.

The aquarium’s docent program is made possible in part through partnership with National Grid – as part of the company’s community commitment, efforts to encourage environmental stewardship and support of education programs.

The docent program is operated by the aquarium’s Education Department. Docents are an important part of the aquarium’s visitor experience. They help interpret exhibits and teach schoolchildren and other visitors about animals. Docents are also involved with helping aquarium instructors with a variety of exciting wildlife-themed activities.

Docents will work with a team of animal professionals who enjoy sharing their knowledge with others while supporting the Wildlife Conservation Society’s mission to save wildlife and wild places around the globe.

Responsibilities of a New York Aquarium docent include:

  • Teaching visitors about animals and exhibits
  • Staffing craft tables at special events
  • Assisting education department instructors with school and family programs
  • Staffing the aquarium’s Touch Pool where visitors interact with horseshoe crabs and sea stars

For more information call 718-265-3450 or visit . Applications are accepted once a year. The docent program is open to individuals 15 years and older and is very competitive. College students & adults are encouraged to apply. The deadline for applications is July 20.

In addition to the docent program at the aquarium, as part of National Grid’s Engineering Our Future Initiative to encourage young people to study science, technology, engineering and math, the company supports Conservation Math, a suite of education programs at WCS’s New York Aquarium, as well as WCS’s Prospect Park and Queens Zoos.

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