Summer Nature Program Assistant

Spend a week discovering the New Jersey Shore in a fun and hands-on way by directly assisting our Summer Nature Program Instructors as they engage children age 4-13 in science experimentation and exploration, playing games, going on field trips, exploring the beach, creating arts and crafts, and much more!

When:  Late June – Mid August.
Eligibility: Junior Volunteer. Responsible, mature, and enjoys working with children. First-day expectations and responsibilities provided.
Required Commitment: Minimum of 1 complete week M-F from 9:30-12:00 or 9:30-2:00 daily.

To get involved in this volunteer opportunity, please contact education@wetlandsinstitute.org with your volunteer interest and details on eligibility and availability.

Aquarium Teaching and Touch Tank Educator

There is no better way to learn about the local creatures found in the salty waters of the ocean or back-bays than to experience them firsthand! Volunteers in this area will spend the majority of their time educating the public about local fish, invertebrate, and turtle species by providing demonstrations and answering questions at our Secrets of the Salt Marsh aquarium and Terrapin Station teaching and touch tanks. Volunteers should anticipate occasional assistance with aquarium care and cleaning. 

When:  Year-round.
Eligibility: Junior Volunteer. A Guide to the Animals in the Aquarium and shadow training will be provided.
Required Commitment: Minimum of 20 hours throughout the year.

To get involved in this volunteer opportunity, please contact education@wetlandsinstitute.org with your volunteer interest and details on eligibility and availability.

Terrapin Nest Monitor

Have you noticed the small black cages around our property? These are exclosures used to cover diamondback terrapin nests to keep predators such as foxes, raccoons, and crows away from the eggs. We patrol our property several times each day to spot nesting female terrapins and install exclosures. Walk our property and quarter mile trail to check for terrapin activity, and help us keep an eye on our terrapin population so that we can protect as many nests as possible.

When: June – mid-July. Shifts: 9:30am-12:30pm, 1pm-4pm.
Eligibility: 14 years and up.
Required Commitment: Minimum of 5 days.

To get involved in this volunteer opportunity, please contact research@wetlandsinstitute.org with your volunteer interest and details on eligibility and availability.