Do you have questions about volunteering at the Living Planet Aquarium? Check out the FAQs below to find the answers to many common questions we receive.
What are the benefits of volunteering at The Living Planet Aquarium?
- Opportunity to enjoy new friendships and interests
- Firsthand look at behind-the-scenes operations
- Meaningful contribution to the experience of visitors
- Thank you and smiles from visitors from around the world
- On-going professional training
- Opportunity to observe lectures and informative programs given by our expert education team
- Free access to the aquarium while volunteering
- Volunteer appreciation events
- The satisfaction knowing you are an essential part to the success of the aquarium
Do I need a science background to volunteer at the Aquarium?
How may I monitor the progress of my application?
The Living Planet Aquarium volunteer program uses e-mail as its primary method of communication and will keep applicants informed on availability of positions, interviews, orientations and results of background checks.
Are all volunteer candidates accepted?
While we attempt to find a compatible match for each applicant, it is not always possible to find a volunteer role that is appropriate for both the applicant and department. In situations where there is not a position available then field programs are suggested and we will notify the applicant if a position in which they are suitable becomes available.
What happens after I submit my online volunteer application?
Within about a week, you will be contacted to set up a time for either an in-person or phone interview to discuss your interest in the volunteer program. The interview process also includes a background check.
After I have been accepted into the volunteer program, what is the next step?
The first step after you have been accepted to the Volunteer Program is to attend the mandatory volunteer orientation session. These sessions are periodically held on Saturdays for new volunteers to attend. All accepted volunteers will be notified of the open orientation dates. The orientation lasts about 4 hours and includes a review of volunteer policies and procedures, complete necessary paperwork, facts and information about the aquarium and its animals, a tour of the aquarium, general Utah ecological information, guest service training, and receive volunteer uniform.
Do I have to wear a uniform?
Yes, all volunteers must wear the approved uniform while volunteering at the aquarium. The uniform is made up of a volunteer T-shirt (provided by aquarium), name tag with volunteer hanging tab to indicate if a volunteer or volunteer in training (provided by aquarium), khaki pants (you provide), close toed shoes (you provide). Knee length shorts and Capri pants are suitable.
Is there a fee to volunteer?
At this time there is not a fee for volunteering at the Living Planet Aquarium.
Where do I park when volunteering at the Aquarium?
When volunteering at the Living Planet Aquarium we ask that you park on the east side of the parking lot.
I have a large group of people. Can we volunteer at the Aquarium?
How do I get started?