Docents are volunteers that engage with guests by sharing knowledge of our local marine animals and habitats here in the San Francisco Bay to actively promote the conservation mission of Bayecotarium.org.
Receive docent training and continuing education experiences in a team setting with a strong sense of community and mutual support within the Education team. Learn about our bay ecosystem, practice public speaking, work with people and animals, and best of all, get behind-the-scenes access to The Aquarium of the Bay! Opportunities to join regular shifts are available most days of the week
Assist with general flow of the Aquarium, including guest wayfinding and elevator operations. Ensure that guests are directed throughout the Aquarium and have a positive experience overall.
On SCUBA, assist with the underwater maintenance of aquarium exhibits, including underwater vacuuming and scrubbing. Other duties include setup and break-down of vacuum pumps, preparing food, performing broadcast feedings, and assisting with in-water sevengill shark target feeding.
Assist Animal Care staff with the maintenance of both aquatic and terrestrial exhibit animals. Duties include cleaning, health care, animal enrichment, food preparation, feeding, and record-keeping.
Assist Animal Care staff with water quality testing of exhibit tanks. Duties include gathering water samples, testing water parameters, data entry into a spreadsheet program, and the cleaning and maintenance of the Water Quality Lab. Work with or in proximity to various chemicals.
Take high-quality photos and videos of animals, events, education programs, and activities at the Aquarium. Edits photos or videos and shares them with Aquarium staff.
Help develop Facilities and Life Support department staff’s working knowledge of electrical systems and safety procedures. Provide guidance on faultfinding, installation, and circuit testing. Oversee audit of current breaker panel loads and capacities. Help improve the Aquarium’s emergency generators’ power supply circuits during power outages. Modernization of Life Support systems and identification of potential energy savings. Implement preventative maintenance system.