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So you want to be an Aquarium Guide?

Informational presentation for youth volunteers applying to be Aquarium Guides at the Children's Aquarium at Fair Park.

Dallas Zoo Youth Volunteers

on 22 November 2016

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Transcript of So you want to be an Aquarium Guide?

Program Extras
Daily Activities
Must be 14 to 18 years old by first date of session
Must commit to the same 4 hour shift every week for the entirety of ~10 week session
Must be willing to complete all tasks, even when it means getting dirty!
Aquarium Guides educate visitors of all ages about marine animals and habitats through conversation, games, and presentations.
Aquarium Guides assist with the touch tank and Stingray Bay, as well as learn to utilize education animals for presentations.
Valuable Skills
As an Aquarium Guide, you learn about public interaction, responsibility and initiative.
We have end-of-session parties during the last week, which usually involve tasty treats and snacks.
*Each volunteer may participate in only one session per year.
February 5-
May 5, 2017

June 4-
August 12, 2017

Next Steps
Sign Up
The next step in the process is for us to interview you! Sign up for an interview with the Youth Volunteer Coordinators at:

After interviews, we will contact all applicants to let them know whether they were accepted or not. Those that are accepted into the program will get more information on their session and requirements.
Thank you!
Even though we are not able to accept every applicant into our programs, we greatly appreciate your desire to volunteer at the Dallas Zoo! If you have any questions, be sure to contact us at
Each Aquarium Guide works closely with an Education Specialist based at the Aquarium. This specialist will check them in and out every day and assign their tasks to them. The majority of tasks are completed within view of the public.

For part of your interview, we would like you to prepare a 2-minute speech on your favorite animal and be able to talk a bit about one of the following topics:
Water Conservation
Energy Conservation
Animal Conservation

Accepted applicants will be expected to attend training and submit the following:

Program fee ($60)
Minor release waiver
Youth Volunteer Coordinators, Courtney and Ben, are the point people for any program related concerns or questions. Though they are based at the zoo, they visit the Aquarium periodically to check on volunteer's progress.
Coordinator's Role
Each child receives a certificate of their hours and a special gift from us for completing their session.
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