The CMA Rescue Team has volunteer positions available in both Stranding Administration and Stranding Rescue Response.
Stranding Administrative Volunteer:
Support the mission of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s and the work of the Rescue Department through attending, teaching, and developing department trainings as assigned, representing the aquarium at outreach events, and promoting stewardship of the marine environment. Administrative volunteers will assist with day-to-day department functions including equipment management, monitoring the emergency Rescue Response Hotline, responding to distressed and injured marine life, and data entry.
Rescue Response Volunteer:
Obtain knowledge of rescue policies, Standard Operating Procedures, and day-to-day functions.
Provide exceptional guest and public interaction for all stranding-related responses.
Learn and perform behavioral observations on resident animals in conjuncture with Marine Mammal Department.
Learn diet preparation and habitat maintenance of resident animals in conjuncture with Marine Mammal Department.
Assist with maintenance of equipment through inspection and inventory.
Assist with public outreach to promote conservation within the community.
Assist the Rescue Team in response to stranding events when contacted.
Assist other Animal Care departments as needed and requested by other departments.
Learn and be able to present the Stranding Demonstration.
Assist with habitat maintenance.
*For Rescue Response, a swim test is required within 90 days.
Our Rescue Team volunteers are on a flexible schedule with 4 hour minimum monthly commitment to remain active members of the Rescue Team.