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The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) sponsors a volunteer program to allow interested individuals an opportunity to gain educational experience in a world-class marine facility. Volunteers are integral and valued contributors to ASLC’s mission of generating and sharing scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska’s marine ecosystems.

Application Information:

Benefits include:

  • Gain valuable, hands on experience
  • Discounts on Gift Shop merchandise - 20% discount on non-sale items
  • Discounts at Haul Out Cafe
  • Guests accompanying volunteers will receive a 20% discount on gate admission and programs
  • Free or discounted admission to some state/local attractions, hotels and restaurants (with ASLC ID)
  • Free admission to ASLC for volunteers, their spouse, children, parents, grandparents and grandchildren
  • Worker's compensation benefits

Program Requirements:

  • Complete and submit a volunteer application and attend mandatory training
  • Must be at least 14 yrs of age, 16 to work in the Husbandry or Laboratory Departments or apply with HR for the Parent-Partner Interpreter Program (at least 9 yrs of age)
  • Most positions require a commitment of at least 4 hours a week for at least 4 months or equivalent
  • No experience necessary
  • Dress appropriately
  • Bring your enthusiasm
  • Must be able to commit to a consistent schedule and be on time for scheduled shifts
  • Must have effective communication skills, both oral and written, be detail oriented and willing to work
  • Must be able to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Comply with policies and procedures
  • Must be comfortable with the use of animals for research purposes

Some positions require:

  • Ability to handle confidential information
  • Applicants should be agile with a good sense of balance in order to maneuver around the exhibits and holding areas
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds
  • Applicants must possess the ability to adapt to an every-changing work environment
  • Must be able to perform physically challenging work in a variety of weather conditions, including snow, ice and rain
  • Must be familiar with operation of computers and software including Word, Excel, and Access
  • Applicants must possess the ability to interact with visitors in a professional manner

Hear what our volunteers say about us:

  • "This was an awesome experience. I made many new friends and learned much more about birds and their ecosystems."
  • "I was very impressed by all the opportunities I was given to learn and participate."
  • "ASLC is a great place to get marine animal exposure and learn about the marine field."
  • "It was a wonderful experience, the people are great!"
  • "I had a fabulous time working at ASLC!"

All volunteer positions may include performing other duties related to the Center's goals and mission statement.


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