Volunteer

Volunteers are the heart & soul of Loggerhead Marinelife Center. Make a difference and join our amazing volunteer team today!

Volunteer Benefits:

  • Take an active role in ocean conservation.
  • Make new friends with similar interests.
  • Earn community service hours for educational requirements.
    (We do not accept court mandated community service applicants)
  • Gain real life work experience.
  • Continue your education through ongoing training lectures and classes.
  • Volunteer recognition party and rewards.
  • Discount pricing at Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s marine-themed gift store and on LMC programs.
  • Discount pricing on gym memberships.
  • Discount pricing on scuba dive certifications, boat fees, and rental gear.
  • Exclusive turtle walk and public hatchling release programs for LMC volunteers.

 

Volunteer Requirements:

Volunteers must be at least sixteen years of age and must work a minimum of one 3.5 hour shift per week. There is a minimum six month commitment with exception to seasonal summer positions. Sea Turtle Rehab volunteers must be at least eighteen years of age and have graduated from high school. No experience is necessary and training will be provided.

HOW TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER:

  • Fill out the volunteer application and submit online.
  • Once application is submitted, the applicant will receive an email inviting them to attend a group interview (It may take up to 1 week to receive an email invitation).
  • Based on applicant’s availability and the current volunteer needs, the applicant will be invited to attend an orientation followed by training classes.
  • On the day of orientation, the volunteer will purchase a uniform shirt; receive a name badge, and any training materials.

Click here to fill our our online Volunteer Application>>


Volunteer Opportunites:

Counselors In Training (Seasonal Summer Position) – Are you good with kids and have free time in the summer? Being a CIT (counselor-in-training) is a great way to get service hours, prep for a real counselor position and just have fun! Junior Marine Biologist summer camp takes place June-August, in one week sessions. CIT positions are from 9am-4pm M-F with at least a 3 week commitment. Spend your summer snorkeling, playing games, teaching kids and making friends. Outgoing personalities are a must!

Administration – Administration volunteers assist the marketing and development departments with adoptions, mailings, data entry and event preparations. If you enjoy working behind the scenes, this is the perfect opportunity to get involved and support LMC.

Education Docents – As an education docent, you will be an ambassador for sea turtles by educating visitors about our mission, current sea turtle patients, interactive displays and aquaria. There are many additional opportunities for education docents to be trained on programs including Birthday Parties, Field Trips, Fish Feedings, Junior Vet Labs, Guided Tours, Turtle Walks, Public Hatchling Releases and attending outreaches. Turtle Walk and Public Hatchling Release volunteers must be active LMC volunteers for at least three months prior to the start of the season.

Gift Store – Gift Store volunteers assist visitors with their unique gift selections. Volunteer positions include sales people, cashiers and stock positions. Outgoing, personable individuals are welcome. Gift Store volunteers will gain practical retail experience while helping the gift store continue its level of success.

Guest Services – Guest services is the first impression of Loggerhead Marinelife Center to our visitors. Greeters welcome guests, provide information and answer questions to enhance the LMC visitor experience. If you are an outgoing individual with a passion for ocean conservation, you are a perfect fit for guest services at LMC!

Juno Beach Pier – The Juno Beach Pier offers guests 990 feet of great saltwater fishing and wonderful opportunities to enjoy the view from sunrise to sunset. The full-service pier house features snacks, a variety of fishing tackle, rental poles and bait. Juno Beach Pier Volunteers assist with the admission fees, snack shop and fishing bait purchases, cleaning and maintenance of the pier and interacting and educating visitors and fisherman.

Sea Turtle Rehab – Sea Turtle Rehab volunteers assist hospital staff with the daily care of the sea turtle patients. Rehab volunteers devote a large portion of their time to cleaning tanks and washing laundry and does not guarantee hands-on work with the patients. This position requires extensive training, detailed reporting and teamwork. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age or older and have graduated from high school. Applicants must be able to lift over 50 pounds, tolerate frequent bending and enjoy whatever the South Florida weather may bring. Openings for Sea Turtle Rehab are announced at Group Interviews only. We do not maintain a waiting list for this position.


Conservation Department Volunteer Opportunites:

Contacts
Caitlin Sampson, Volunteer Coordinator (csampson@marinelife.org)
Tommy Cutt, Chief Conservation Officer (tcutt@marinelife.org)
Demi Fox, Outreach Coordinator (dfox@marinelife.org)

Survey Team

Duties
•    Conducting surveys with various groups including recreational boaters and anglers on local fishing piers
•    Collecting and recording data for conservation projects
•    Regularly collecting water quality and other environmental samples for LMC and partner organizations such as FWC and Surfrider
•    Taking photos and videos at various sites
•    Reporting all data to LMC Conservation staff

Requirements
•    Comfortable speaking with anglers, sea turtle rehabilitation partners, and the general public on information related to LMC’s conservation initiatives
•    Detail oriented and organized
•    Self-motivated and willing to learn
•    Willing to work outdoors in Florida’s heat, rain, and wind when necessary
•    Driver’s license, GPS preferable

Dive Team

Duties
•    Participate in underwater cleanup activities at the Juno Beach Pier and other SEFL locations
•    Haul trash to LMC’s campus for sorting
•    Clean and maintain diving equipment
•    Attend periodic underwater cleanup trainings and workshops

Requirements
•    Open Water SCUBA certification obtained for at least three years
•    LMC volunteer for at least six months
•    Completed at least 25 dives
•    Ability to tread water for at least ten minutes
•    Ability to swim against a current for at least 100 meters
•    Previously completed shore dives
•    Comfortable entering and exiting the water from shore wearing dive gear
•    Ability to lift 50 lbs.
•    Previous underwater cleanup experience preferred
•    DAN insured

Debris Team

Duties
•    Assisting with beach cleanups at LMC
•    Regularly monitoring, maintaining, and emptying assigned Palm Beach County Monofilament Recycling Bins
•    Cleaning, sorting, weighing, recording, and recycling or repurposing debris collected from cleanup activities
•    Educating LMC’s visitors on the importance of pollution prevention while sorting debris
•    Reporting all data to LMC Conservation staff

Requirements
•    Comfortable speaking with anglers, sea turtle rehabilitation partners, children, and the general public on information related to LMC’s conservation initiatives
•    Detail oriented and organized
•    Self-motivated and willing to learn
•    Willing to work outdoors in Florida’s heat, rain, and wind when necessary
•    Willing to work with sharp, sometimes unpleasant marine debris
•    Ability to lift 15 lbs.
•    Driver’s license, GPS preferable

Outreach Team

Duties
•    Conducting outreach programs and information tables as appropriate for trade shows, festivals, LMC events, and community events
•    Assisting with children’s fishing workshops for ethical angling
•    Assisting with preparation and coordination of community workshops
•    Attending community workshops, taking photos, videos of presentations and signage installations
•    Preparing materials for conservation projects

Requirements
•    Comfortable speaking with anglers, sea turtle rehabilitation partners, children, and the general public on information related to LMC’s conservation initiatives
•    Detail oriented and organized
•    Self-motivated and willing to learn
•    Willing to work outdoors in Florida’s heat, rain, and wind when necessary
•    Driver’s license, GPS preferable

If you are interested in becoming a Conservation Volunteer:
1.    Complete the volunteer application online.
2.    Attend a Group Interview.
3.    Attend a Volunteer Orientation.
4.    Purchase a uniform shirt.
5.    Attend training(s) for your volunteer team(s).

If you have any questions regarding specific duties, please contact Demi Fox at: dfox@marinelife.org.