The Center was built on a strong foundation of volunteerism and the tradition continues. As teachers and ambassadors, volunteers play an essential role in advancing the Center’s mission to inspire conservation of our Blue Planet. Volunteers engage, inspire, and have a blast!
All volunteers are interviewed to best align interests with opportunities. Required training sessions for new volunteers are offered throughout the year. Time commitments vary per opportunity, and schedules are often flexible.
Here are some of the roles our volunteers assist with:
Share your passion for the natural environment and help us create a community of ocean stewards. Environmental educators assist with programs for tots, school groups, and families throughout the year, and are mentored before leading programs on their own.
Feel the pride when you help a visitor have an “ah-ha” moment as he or she learns something new about the amazing creatures in our tanks or how their daily life is connected to the ocean. History-lovers, share the social history of Odiorne with our guests.
Is behind-the-scenes your thing? When you help us with tasks like mailings, data entry, and preparing training and teaching resources, you are helping us expand our reach.
Enjoy a great sense of pride when you are part of one of our successful events. Whether you like being on the front line at a high-energy event, like our Rescue Run: Race for Marine Mammals, Atlantic Grill Music by the Sea Concert Series, or BioBlitz, or prefer to help plan, set-up, or break-down, join our crew—we need you!
There are many special projects that occur throughout the year, driven by a volunteer’s interest, knowledge, and skill. Volunteers garden, work on trail maintenance, sew, construct things, paint, and more. We’d love to talk to you about how your special talents can help move the Center forward.
Ages 13-17, please see the Youth Volunteer section below.
Group Volunteer Opportunities
Groups seeking volunteer opportunities require a minimum of two-week’s advance notice. Youths must be accompanied by an adult who is willing to supervise and work alongside them.
Community Service Volunteers
For those seeking a short-term volunteer opportunity to fulfill a community service, non-educational requirement, we require a minimum of two weeks prior notice.
Our Youth Volunteer Program is designed to give thirteen to seventeen year old students the opportunity to gain knowledge and skill in a hands-on work environment, and have fun doing it! Youth volunteers assist with camp (see CIT Program below) and preschool programs, teach visitors about the animals in our tanks, and more.
Counselor-in-Training Program (for ages 13-17, non-paid)
Our Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program is a unique volunteer opportunity for Seacoast Science Center member* teens to acquire leadership and informal teaching skills while learning about the marine environment in a camp setting. CIT’s assist our camp counselors to provide a safe, fun, and meaningful educational experience for our campers. Prospective CIT’s are interviewed to ensure that the program is a good fit and they are required to participate in training.
Biology and Environmental Volunteer Opportunities for School Credit
For those seeking a biology or environmental volunteer opportunity to fulfill hours for school credit, please plan ahead. You must attend one of our monthly New Volunteer Classes before you will be allowed to begin volunteering.
All adults interested in volunteering are required to complete an Adult Volunteer Application.
All youths interested in volunteering are required to complete a Youth Volunteer Application.
Groups should contact Volunteer Coordinator Laura Bahl at 603-436-8043 ext. 21 to discuss potential projects.
For questions about any individual, group, or CIT volunteer opportunity , please contact Volunteer Coordinator Laura Bahl at 603-436-8043 ext. 21 or [email protected]
We encourage youth applicants to contact us directly.
*Must be a member at the Family Level or higher.