Volunteering at PTMSC


New Volunteer Information Session
Attend a session and learn about PTMSC and the volunteer opportunities available. 
Upcoming dates are:
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
The April-June dates  are from 4-5:30 pm in the Museum classroom
For more information or to RSVP, contact Mandi or Gabriele at volunteer@ptmsc.org.

Aquarium Docent Training
Interested in helping our visitors explore the aquarium and learn about the Salish Sea? 
This is a two part training series for new docents. Volunteers need to attend both Part A and Part B.

April training dates have been cancelled.
 May 13th, 3-6 pm:  Part A
May 20th, 3-6 pm:  Part B 
To RSVP please use this online form.
For more information or to RSVP, contact Mandi or Gabriele at volunteer@ptmsc.org.

Museum Docent Training
This 3-hour training will introduce the exhibit content as well as interpretation techniques for engaging visitors of all ages.
Docent shifts are from 12-2:30pm and 2:30-5pm, Fridays through Sundays until Summer when more shifts become available.
No previous experience is required.
May 16th, 3-6 pm

For more information or to RSVP, contact Mandi or Gabriele at volunteer@ptmsc.org.

Marine Mammal Stranding Training
Interested in learning more about our Marine Mammal Stranding Network and becoming an on-call stranding response volunteer?
We have two upcoming training dates:
Tuesday, April 30th in the PTMSC Museum Classroom from 1-5pm
Early May in the Brinnon or Quilcene area - date and location TBD
For more information or to RSVP, contact Mandi at mjohnson@ptmsc.org.

Volunteering with the Marine Science Center is a great way to get involved in your community, meet new people, and take action to help the Salish Sea. Whether you’re a retired professor or a novice to marine biology, there’s room for everyone! You don’t need a science background; just enthusiasm, passion, and a willingness to try new things.

Volunteers serve as exhibit guides or “docents” in our Aquarium and Museum, help maintain aquaria and feeding animals, assist with beach walks and education programs, participate in collecting scientific data in our Citizen Science research and monitoring programs, help with public outreach at festivals and events, and more. We also have volunteers that serve on the PTMSC Board or committees, organize and help run our annual “Tides of March” fundraising auction, do photography and videography, and bring their own special skills to our mission.

Our volunteers are essential to the smooth operation of PTMSC – we couldn’t do the activities we do without their tremendous, dedicated support. Their enthusiasm and passion for our mission is what motivates our staff, our programs, and we can’t thank them enough!

Interested in Becoming Part of Our Team?

The first step in becoming a volunteer with PTMSC is to fill out our volunteer application. To find out more about volunteer opportunities, or if you have any questions, please email volunteer@ptmsc.org or call Gabriele Sanchez, Volunteer Coordinator, at 360.385.5582 X 120.

To get a more thorough description of what kinds of opportunities, experiences, and expectations the PTMSC Volunteer Program has, please take a look at the Volunteer Handbook. If you become a volunteer, this document is required reading and you'll see at the end a "Code of Conduct" to sign.

Once you're registered as a volunteer, you’ll also receive a weekly email that describes upcoming events and opportunities to which you can respond if you're interested.

Volunteer Resources

Download Docent Guides for Museum and Aquarium:

Aquarium Docent Guide (AKA Marine Exhibit Docent Guide)

Museum Docent Guide (AKA Natural History Exhibit Docent Guide)