Volunteer at the Waikiki Aquarium

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Waikiki Aquarium offers a sea of volunteer opportunities that provide the chance to teach residents and visitors about Hawai'i sea life and conservation. The Aquarium will hold free training for its two volunteer positions, Docent and Aquarium Interpreter, starting this fall.

Docents work with our Education staff to give lively presentations and guide interactive discovery tours for school youngsters grades K through 6. School Support Program Docents provide rich opportunities to observe Hawaii's marine life and contribute to the conservation of marine resources. Docents work one morning a week, typically Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. throughout the school year.

Docent Training is a 12-session course that will run from September 4-29, 2012. Training sessions will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon.

Interpreters share natural history information on the Waikiki Aquarium's outdoor reef exhibit, guide visitor observations and answer questions about Hawai'i's marine environment. The training course covers interpretation and hospitality skills, information on exhibit operations, and various marine sciences. Interpreters work one two-hour shift per week for a minimum period of six months.

Aquarium Interpreter Training is an 8-session course that will run from October 4-20, 2012.Training sessions will be held every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. One-on-one sessions will then be scheduled for on-the-job training. Each trainee must attend the eight sessions prior to acceptance to the program.

If you're interested, call 440-9020 or e-mail for more information or to schedule a meeting and reserve space in the class.

About the Waikiki Aquarium:

Founded in 1904 and administered by the University of Hawai'i since 1919, the Waikiki Aquarium is located on the shoreline of Waikiki Beach next to a living reef and across from Kapiolani Park. The Aquarium - third oldest in the U.S. - showcases more than 500 marine species, and maintains more than 3,000 marine specimens. Public exhibits, education programs and research focus on the unique aquatic life of Hawai'i and the tropical Pacific. The Aquarium welcomes more than 320,000 visitors annually, and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except Honolulu Marathon Sunday and Christmas Day. Admission is $9 for visitors; $6 for local residents, active duty military with ID, students with ID and seniors; $4 for youths ages 13-17 and persons with disabilities; $2 for juniors ages 5 to 12; and free for children 4 and under and Friends of Waikiki Aquarium (FOWA) members. For more information about the Waikiki Aquarium, including membership, please call (808) 923-9741 or click HERE!

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