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Norwalk's Maritime Aquarium Seeks New Volunteers

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is looking for new volunteers to add to its staff.
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is looking for new volunteers to add to its staff. Photo Credit: Maritime Aquarium

NORWALK, Conn. -- The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is looking for new members to join its volunteer staff.

Interviews for potential volunteers will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 10, and Thursday, Feb. 12, at 5 p.m. Applicants need to attend only one of the interview times.

A training session will follow in March.

“Helping visitors, especially children, learn about Long Island Sound is personally rewarding and crucial in building public awareness about issues affecting our local environment,”  Lisa Slinsky, assistant director of volunteers and community service, said in a statement.

“The volunteer program is vital to the mission of The Maritime Aquarium and its educational goals. Plus, it's a fun way to join up with a group of people who have similar interests.”

Prior knowledge about marine animals isn't necessary to be a Maritime Aquarium volunteer. Basic knowledge will be taught in a five-week training course, which will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 7 to 9 p.m., from March 10 through April 9.

To sign up, applicants must be at least 15 years old and commit to volunteering for at least 100 hours – at four hours per week for weekday volunteers and four hours per month for weekend staff.

Letters of recommendation, and other service award forms, will be signed after completion of the 100 hours of service.

Most Aquarium volunteers work as gallery guides, helping visitors to learn about the represented animals of Long Island Sound, from crabs and sea stars to seals and sharks.

There are also needs for behind-the-scenes office and special-event assistance.

A $40 fee covers the costs of training materials and uniforms.

Advance registration is required for the group interview and volunteer training. To sign up or for more information, email lslinsky@maritimeaquarium.org or call 203-852-0700, ext. 2225.

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