Volunteers are the heart & soul of Loggerhead Marinelife Center. Make a difference and join our amazing volunteer team today!
- Take an active role in ocean conservation.
- Make new friends with similar interests.
- 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 scuba dive certifications, boat fees, and rental gear.
- Exclusive turtle walk and public hatchling release programs for LMC volunteers.
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.
(Please Note: If you are under 16 years of age, your application will still submit, but you will be not be eligible if this requirement is not fulfilled.)
HOW TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER:
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with LMC! Not only do we love welcoming in individuals who are also passionate about ocean conservation and sea turtle rehabilitation, but we're thrilled you've chosen our amazing community of volunteers to consider donating your talents and time.
Here is what to expect in the process:
- Fill out and submit the online volunteer application below
- Following submission, please keep an eye on your email address entered in the application for an invitation to our group interview events
- Group interviews are held on an as-needed basis as departments have availability. Due to this, you can most often expect to hear back within a month of your submission
- At our group interview events, prospective volunteers have the opportunity to learn more about LMC, how important our volunteers are to the function of our Center, meet staff representatives from different departments, and ask questions in a group-setting
- Following interviews based on applicant availability and department needs, individuals will receive invitations to our Volunteer Orientation event where more information regarding specific positions is provided. Additional training is also included on your first few shifts at the Center
- Even if a fit is not found initially, we encourage those interested to stay on our applicant list for future opportunities to attend a group interview
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. Available Monday - Friday only.
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. We ask that all education docents are comfortable and willing to help learn and facilitate LMC programs. Depending on events taking place on campus, programs could include Birthday Parties, Field Trips, Fish Feedings, Junior Vet/Research Labs, Guided Tours, Turtle Walks, Public Hatchling Releases, or attending outreaches. Turtle Walk and Public Hatchling Release volunteers must be active LMC volunteers for at least three months prior to the start of sea turtle nesting season, and must maintain their weekly shift in addition to these special programs.
Gift Store – Gift Store volunteers assist visitors with their unique gift selections. Outgoing, personable individuals are welcome. A majority of this volunteer position includes facilitating the in-person sea turtle adoption process, and cleaning/inventory may occasionally be needed. 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 Team – Conservation Department volunteers work with staff on ongoing initiatives focused on ocean conservation and pollution prevention. Tasks include marine debris cleanups and sorting, data collection and data entry, and assisting staff with other ongoing projects. Applicants must be able to tolerate and tolerate South Florida's variable weather.
Operations Team – Our operations team is the hard-working force behind ensuring all campus and pier events and projects run smoothly, and maintenance tasks are fulfilled. Operations volunteers provide support for staff with day-to-day tasks at LMC and the Juno Beach Pier including; but not limited to, landscaping, cleaning, painting, setting up/taking down for daily programming, and assisting with set up/take down for special events. Applicants must be able to lift over 50 pounds, tolerate frequent bending, and handle the weather changes of south Florida. Applicants must be at least 18 years or older.