Discovery & Learning Volunteer

National Marine Aquarium

Name: Discovery & Learning Volunteer
Organisation: National Marine Aquarium
Location: Rope Walk, Coxsdie, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 0LF
Type: Part Time


(17+) Our Discovery and Learning volunteers are part of our fantastic Host team. Volunteers interact with, engage and inspire our visitors about the Aquarium animals and marine conservation. These interactions take many forms including informal chats, busking activities and mini shows. Being a Discovery and Learning volunteer is great for improving communication skills and gaining confidence. Volunteers gain invaluable experience in formal and informal education and public communication. It is also great fun and an opportunity to be part of a team.

Other opportunities often arise including working with our visitors in our Creative Centre (assisting with craft activities during weekends and holidays), being involved in tours and birthday parties and assisting in Members Club events such as rock pooling, fish dissections. You may also get to work offsite representing the National Marine Aquarium at shows and events around Plymouth. Volunteers can also get involved in formal education including tours and art and science workshops for school groups.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities or would like to know more please get in contact.

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Organisation Description

The UK's largest aquarium, The National Marine Aquarium is a registered charity committed to promoting a sympathetic understanding of the sea through programmes of education, conservation and research.

The National Marine Aquarium is a charity dedicated to inspiring everyone to take action toward sustainability and conservation of the oceans. Our sole purpose is for that of education, conservation and research, and remains one of Britain's foremost Aquariums. We aim to provide a scientific platform to enable everyone to enjoy, learn and care about the UK marine environment, in the fact of the potential impacts of climate change, over-fishing, habitat destruction and pollution.


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Cause / Interests

  • Animals
  • Children
  • Environment

Types of Activity

  • Art
  • Entertainment
  • Teaching, Training and Coaching

Skills and Qualifications


- Strong communication skills and enjoy talking.
- Have an interest in the marine environment but prior knowledge is not essential.
- Need to be reliable and dedicated.

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 17
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: No
Wheelchair Access: No
Expenses: No
Restrictions: NA
Induction: Yes
Insurance Cover: NA
Special Needs: Sometimes - will consider on an individual basis.
Offer: NA
Training: Yes
Other: Please note: Following contact from potential volunteers it can take up to two weeks to start volunteering.

Recruitment Method

Informal discussion