Have you ever wondered what it takes to keep a 400,000-gallon exhibit tank clean? Or, how Audubon Aquarium of the Americas feeds and cares for the thousands of fish in its collection? Through its volunteer dive program, Audubon offers opportunities to learn about and participate in the care and maintenance of its underwater exhibits. Plus, volunteer divers are great ambassadors, engaging Aquarium guests both in and out of the water!
Volunteer divers must complete Audubon Volunteer Orientation, held monthly, as well as Audubon’s Downtown Naturalist volunteer training. Naturalist volunteer training is a six-week program offered three times per year. An informal, pre-training interview with the program coordinator is required for all applicants. A total course fee of $75 covers a volunteer uniform shirt, background check, and training materials. Volunteer divers work cooperatively in teams, and each diver must commit to two dive shifts per month.
Audubon does not offer Open Water SCUBA training or certification. Applicants must complete this requirement prior to beginning the volunteer dive program.
- Must be 18 years of age or older
- Complete Audubon Volunteer Orientation ($25 course fee)
- Complete Audubon Downtown Naturalist volunteer training ($50 course fee)
- Complete a background check (included in Naturalist course fee)
- Must be Open Water SCUBA certified or higher
- Must be CPR/AED & First Aid certified from a nationally recognized agency (American Red Cross Standard or equivalent)
- Obtain dive clearance from personal physician
- Successfully complete a SCUBA and swimming skills in water assessment and pass a diver knowledge exam