The Wildlife Conservation Societys New York Aquarium is looking for aquatic animal lovers to join its team of dedicated docents.
The aquariums docent program is made possible in part through partnership with National Grid as part of the companys community commitment, efforts to encourage environmental stewardship and support of education programs.
The docent program is operated by the aquariums Education Department. Docents are an important part of the aquariums 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 Societys 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 aquariums Touch Pool where visitors interact with horseshoe crabs and sea stars
For more information call 718-265-3450 or visit www.nyaquarium.com/docents . 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 Grids 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 WCSs New York Aquarium, as well as WCSs Prospect Park and Queens Zoos.