FAU's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute welcomes your enthusiasm, experience and energy as a volunteer.  Anyone interested in volunteering may complete the application .  If you are interested in volunteering at the Ocean Discovery Visitors Center, please complete this form in addition to the volunteer application.Consideration is given to all applications and placement is based on the Institute’s needs which may include short-term and on-going opportunities.

Current opportunities:

Ocean Science Lecture Series

At least four volunteers are needed at our weekly lectures on Wednesdays from January 10 through March 28, 2018.

The tasks are divided between volunteers and include:

  • Greeting attendees and issuing them tickets when they arrive at the Education Center
  • Receiving tickets in a basket at each door entry of the Education Center Auditorium from attendees before they enter to watch the lecture
  • Counting tickets, writing the totals on a form and submitting the form   

Some volunteers will also interact with attendees during a question and answer period that takes place at the end of each lecture by passing a microphone to an audience member who has a question. If you plan to stay for the entire lecture and are willing to pass the microphone to audience members who have questions, then this a good opportunity for you. 

The two volunteers who issue tickets will sit at a ticket table, greet attendees, and issue tickets as they enter the Education Center. These volunteers are also responsible for counting the tickets and writing down attendance totals on a form to turn in.

The two volunteers who stand at each door entry with a basket to receive tickets as the attendees enter the Auditorium for the lecture are also responsible for turning the tickets in at the ticket table right before the lecture begins so the tickets can be counted.

The two volunteers who stay for the entire lecture will pass a microphone to attendees during the question and answer period at the end.  

Volunteers are to arrive at the Education Center no later than 3:15 pm to greet attendees and ensure tickets are issued as attendees arrive.       

Volunteers must be able to stand for a short period of time to receive tickets from attendees entering the Auditorium (for those assigned to this task)

 Volunteers must be able to move about the Auditorium in order to pass the microphone to audience members who may have questions at the end of the lecture (for those that stay to watch the lecture and are assigned to this task)

All volunteers may stay to watch the lecture.


Ocean Discovery Visitors Center

Volunteers are needed to staff the Welcome Desk at the FAU Harbor Branch Ocean Discovery Visitors Center (ODVC). The ODVC is a destination where the community can come to learn about the research conducted by the Institute’s marine scientists and engineers, and is visited by approximately 10,000 guests each year. The Welcome Desk attendant has a very important job; as the first person to receive ODVC guests, they are responsible for making a great first impression and ensuring proper procedures are followed. The attendant’s duties include greeting and providing information to visitors as they arrive, keeping a watchful eye on the ODVC while staff members are busy, answering the telephone, responding to inquiries about our programs and assisting with various organizational tasks as needed.

 The welcome desk attendant is required to fulfill at least one four-hour shift each week and must be able to remain seated at the station for the entire shift. The number of visitors that come to the center each day is highly variable, while some days are very busy, others are quiet. Volunteers are encouraged to bring a book/etc. and also have access to wifi/a computer with internet to use during slow periods, but must be prepared to greet visitors as they arrive.

  We are currently seeking volunteers to cover the following shifts:

  • Wednesday 1 pm - 4 pm
  • Saturday 10 am - 1 pm                          ·  Saturday 1 pm - 4 pm     

For more information, please contact:

Cathy Rossmell, HBOI Volunteer Coordinator