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Become a Volunteer

Reef HQ Aquarium volunteers donate their time to assist Reef HQ Aquarium expand and improve services to visitors and the local community. The volunteer program enables the local community to become more involved with the Great Barrier Reef, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

What is a volunteers role?

Most of our volunteer positions are in the interpretation team (talking to the public) or education team (assisting with schools). We have limited positions in other areas such as the administration or exhibits team and this varies from year to year. Unfortunately we do not have positions available to assist in the curatorial team or within the turtle hospital and we do not have volunteer divers.

Interpretative volunteers assist within the public area of the Aquarium, helping with visitor information at the front admissions counter, conducting talks and tours (optional) and talking to visitors on a one-to-one basis about the reef and the animals on display within the Aquarium. Volunteers shifts are usually on a weekly or fortnightly basis for four hours per shift.

Education volunteers assist with school group visits to the Aquarium. The average school group visit is for 1.5 to 2 hours.

Volunteers can also donate extra of their time on an as needs basis with after-hours functions, school holiday craft activities, member events, community events, administration, marketing and promotions. 

What skills do I need?

No specific qualifications are required but applicants must be at least 18 years old and must have, or be willing to obtain, a suitability card (blue card) for working with children. Blue card applications can be made through the Reef HQ Volunteers Association upon being accepted into the volunteer training course.

How do I become a volunteer?

Reef HQ Aquarium accepts a limited number of volunteers each year.  An open night is held at the beginning of February each year to explain the program to those interested. Applications are then lodged and potential volunteers interviewed to match their interests and skills with positions available.

Volunteers are asked to make a commitment to undertake training, which includes a 10 week part-time training course held on Wednesday evenings in March/April/May (a $65 charge applies). Volunteers officially graduate the volunteer training course in June. They are asked to give a minimum of four hours per fortnight of their time for a period of 12 months and do at least 50 hours of volunteers with us.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at Reef HQ Aquarium please come along to the Volunteer Open Night, which will be held on Wednesday 8 February 2017 from 7pm to 9pm at Reef HQ Aquarium (Night Entrance), 2-68 Flinders Street, Townsville QLD 4810. 

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Last published on 28/01/2015

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