Seymour Center is Seeking Exhibit Guide Volunteers!



Start Date


End Date


Time Commitment

A few hours per month


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


Seymour Marine Discovery Center at Long Marine Lab
Seymour Marine Discovery Center at Long Marine Lab
100 McAlllister Way
Santa Cruz
United States


Exhibit Guides work in the Visitor Programs department to bring the excitement and importance of marine science to life for thousands of visitors a year using hands-on, marine science interpretation.

What would I be doing as a Visitor Programs Exhibit Guide?​ Teams of volunteers, student employees, and staff work together in our visitor hall to connect with the public using hands-on, marine science interpretation. Exhibit Guides assist visitors at the touch pools and interpret the aquarium and exhibit hall.

What are the requirements?​ Must be responsible, punctual, and reliable; enjoy working with people of all ages and backgrounds; desire to learn and communicate marine science and conservation to the public through hands-on activities and engaging interpretation; be comfortable working with live marine animals and working with children; enjoy working cooperatively with a team of other volunteers and staff; be at least 15 years old; have the attitude of a life-long learner. Previous knowledge of marine science or conservation preferred, but not required. ​No experience is necessary.

What does the training cover?​ Training sessions provide orientation to Seymour Center Visitor Programs, basic interpretation and marine science presentation skills, safe handling of live intertidal animals and sharks, and an introduction to a variety of marine science concepts.

When and where is the training?​ All training sessions take place at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center on ​September 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, and 30​. Different information is covered each day; therefore, completion of ALL training sessions is mandatory (no exceptions). Ongoing training and support will be provided throughout the year.

What is the minimum commitment? ​New volunteers are required to commit to one 4.25-hour shift every other week for six months. Shift times are Tuesday - Sunday 9:30 AM-1:45 PM (morning shift) and 1-5:15 PM (afternoon shift). Volunteers are responsible for getting their shifts covered when absent. This can be accomplished by contacting other Visitor Programs volunteers and the Volunteer Office to arrange a sub or trade. (Three unexcused absences is cause for dismissal.) Volunteers can change their shift every three months to accommodate work or class schedules.

If you need more information or have any questions, please contact the Volunteer Office at ​​ or (831) 459-3854.


  • Training Provided


  • International Volunteers

How To Apply

Please submit an application that can be downloaded from our website:

Applicants will be reviewed, and selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. Applications are due on or before Wednesday, September 12, 2018.