Brockville ON – One of the many exciting signs of spring this week has been the visible progress toward the opening of the Aquatarium at Tall Ships Landing. In preparation for the big day, the Aquatarium has partnered with the Volunteer Centre of St. Lawrence – Rideau to recruit and train volunteers who will be responsible for enriching visitors’ experiences at the attraction.
Volunteers, titled “Aquatarium Ambassadors”, will support the centre’s mission to inspire curiosity through enriching and entertaining experiences in the Thousand Islands region of the St. Lawrence River. Interested individuals will have a chance to learn more at three upcoming information sessions.
Elizabeth Green works through the Volunteer Centre and manages the Aquatarium Volunteer Program. “We are looking for enthusiastic and outgoing individuals, interested in all of the aspects of life in and around the St. Lawrence River,” says Green. “If someone has the personality and passion for the role, we will provide all of the necessary information to make them an expert in all things Aquatarium. Volunteering with the Aquatarium will be a lot of fun.”
As most of the Aquatarium’s experiences are interactive, being a volunteer will involve more than standing behind a table all day.
Volunteers will be given training so that they have the skills and knowledge to work at any and all of the many “experiences” at the Aquatarium. These experiences include a salt-water touch tank, a ropes course, a “power of water” exhibit featuring a hydroelectric generation table, a library with a secret passageway, and much more. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to work with the animal care team at the Aquatarium, looking after the aquaria, and the otters, of course!
Volunteers Ambassadors will also have the chance to meet visitors from around the world, share interesting facts about the exhibits, and provide local tourism information to promote the region.
“Volunteers will form an essential part of our visitors’ experience at the Aquatarium,” says Bill Rogerson, Executive Director of the Aquatarium. “We will rely on them to share with visitors all of the exciting things that the Region has to offer and to inspire curiosity in our guests.”
Individuals interested in volunteering with the Aquatarium can learn more about this opportunity by attending one of three information sessions: April 8th at 11:00 am, April 13th at 5:30 pm, or April 20th at 3:00 pm. All three sessions will take place at the Employment and Education Centre at 105 Strowger Blvd., Brockville.
For more information, to pre-register to attend an information session, or to request an application, volunteers can email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to volunteercentre.ca for more details.
The Aquatarium is a 25,000-square foot interactive, learning and discovery centre located on the shore of the St. Lawrence River that will focus on building awareness and appreciation for the 1000 Islands region by inspiring curiosity through experiential learning.
The Volunteer Centre of St. Lawrence-Rideau works to increase volunteerism by matching the strengths of volunteers with the needs of community-minded organizations in the area.
For more information please contact:
Elizabeth Green, Aquatarium Volunteer Program Manager
Volunteer Centre of St. Lawrence-Rideau