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Dedicated to the conservation of at risk and endangered sea life, the Georgia Aquarium has created a number of programs that allow people to get involved in making a difference. As a worldwide leader in conservation and research programs, there are numerous opportunities for guests, staff members, partners, researchers, and donors, all working together to improve life for aquatic animals.
Currently, more than 1,500 people are involved with the aquarium's Volunteer Program. Being passionate about conservation and aquatic life, these volunteers have individual skills that are used in a variety of ways. Anyone interested in joining in the effort can complete an online application. Some of the ways that these volunteers make a difference include:
. Guest Services - Welcome and assist guests
. Gallery Interpretation - Engage with visitors of all ages who want to learn more about aquatic life
. Activity Tables - Encourage young guests to get involved with arts and crafts but also prompt adults toward one of the conservation activities
. Educational Programs - Greet and assist groups or children visiting the aquarium as part of a field trip
. Behind the Scenes - Assist with testing water quality, making repairs, cleaning out exhibits, and more. For this, participants must be 18 years or older, complete additional training as required, and volunteer at least 50 hours within one of the facility's public areas.
The Next Wave Society is another amazing program offered by the Georgia Aquarium with the goal of increasing support and awareness of philanthropy. This membership program offers a wide range of volunteer opportunities, each environmentally-focused. Included are innovative fundraising projects, talking with other leaders, showcasing creativity, attending various private social events, and much more.
Comprised of professionals who are 100% committed to the goal of better conservation, educational programs, and research initiatives, the Next Wave Society helps prepare for the future and its many challenges pertaining specifically to aquatic life.
There are even internships available at the Georgia Aquarium. Although there is no pay involved and travel funds, food, and housing do not apply, this is an incredible opportunity worth consideration. The internships provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience for connecting with professionals and having hands-on experiences.
Ultimately, the internships are inspiring, supportive to animal research and conservation, passionate, and they instill learning not provided anywhere else.