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Volunteer

Exciting Volunteer Opportunities for 2022

Returning volunteers are welcome to reach out to our Volunteer Manager at volunteer@thelivingplanet.com for more volunteering opportunities.

Share your passion for our living planet and help guests Explore, Discover, and Learn. Participants in the LLPA Volunteer Program are valuable members of our team. LLPA volunteers participate in a variety of roles and are an integral part of daily operations, events, and special projects at the aquarium.

Already a volunteer?

Become a Volunteer

See our available positions below!

Depending on the volume of interest and submissions, we will only be contacting applicants who meet all of the minimum requirements listed in the job posting. Only those applicants who align most closely with our minimum and preferred qualifications will be contacted for an interview. Loveland Living Planet Aquarium (LLPA) will retain your application materials for one year and may contact you regarding future opportunities.

*All volunteer positions require a $25.00 cash deposit for issued uniform items.

Volunteer Roles

Event Ambassador

LLPA’s events are numerous and expanding each year. Event Ambassadors play a critical role when it comes to assisting events staff. Examples of events volunteer needs include takedown and setup for ticketed events, hosting private parties, and interacting with guests for Aquarium day events. Event Ambassadors should have outstanding interpersonal skills, outgoing personalities, and be team players.

Requirements:

Must be a minimum of 16 years of age
Must commit to 1 event per month
Minimum 1-year commitment

River Otter Survey Volunteer Technician
An otter plays in the snow

This citizen science volunteer position will assist in gathering video camera surveillance data as part of a larger project to collect a census of North American river otter populations in the Wasatch area. Volunteers must have their own transportation to the survey sites, be able to hike in uneven terrain to retrieve data cards, and must be willing to review lengthy video footage to identify animals.

Requirements:

Must be a minimum of 18 years of age
Must commit to 1 day per month

Minimum 1-year commitment
Available to volunteer on weekends

*applications currently closed. Check back in the future.


Husbandry (Endotherm Volunteer)

Endotherm Volunteers assist staff with the care of the mammals and birds at LLPA. With training, the volunteer helps maintain high welfare standards for the animals under the care and supervision of the Endotherms Husbandry team. This is done by working alongside animal keepers to accomplish daily tasks and long-term projects. Duties also include:

  • Preparing specific animal nutrition with limited or no supervision
  • Disinfecting feeding dishes, tools, enrichment devices, and workspaces
  • Assisting with maintenance on and off habitats, as needed
  • Working closely with keepers to complete projects
  • Cleaning and organizing of husbandry areas
  • Observing and recording animal behavior as taught

Requirements:

Must be a minimum of 18 years of age
Prefer someone who can commit to one 4-hour shift per week.

Minimum 1-year commitment

*applications currently closed. Check back in the future.

Volunteer Dive Specialist

The Dive Specialist will be responsible for assisting with LLPA system cleaning, maintenance, repair, and animal care. This position will require the Dive Specialist to be in close proximity with the various LLPA inhabitants and closely adhere to the safety protocols of the LLPA Dive Program.

Requirements:

Must be a minimum of 21 years of age
Must have a current Open Water dive certification from a nationally-recognized organization
Must have completed a minimum of 25 open water dives in addition to their certification dives. Of the 25 dives, five need to have been completed in the past year.
Must complete a written and practical exam administered by the LLPA Dive Program
Must submit a current physical exam from a board-certified physician

Must have a current CPR/AED/First Aid/oxygen provider certification from a nationally-recognized organization
Advanced Open Water certification or better preferred
Dry Suit certification preferred
Must commit to two dives a month, once every two weeks
Minimum 1-year commitment

*applications currently closed. Check back in the future.

Benefits

Free admission to the Aquarium with volunteer ID
Discounted admission for guests visiting the Aquarium with you
Discounts in the Reef Café and Gift Shop when you show your name tag
Invitation to Aquarium Team events

FAQs

How old do I need to be to volunteer with LLPA?

To qualify for any husbandry or animal handling volunteer position you must be at least 18 years old. To qualify for the dive volunteer program you must be at least 21 years old.

I filled out an application. When can I start volunteering?

LLPA posts volunteer positions as needed. Those candidates who meet the minimum and preferred requirements will be contacted for an interview. Once a position has been filled, the position will no longer be posted on the website until the need arises for more volunteers. Candidates who are accepted into the volunteer program will be scheduled for onboarding that included an orientation and training.

Do volunteers complete any training for their role?

All new volunteers go through an in-person training program to get them familiarized with volunteer processes and LLPA operations. This training program consists of shadowing staff members and successfully completing knowledge checks. Volunteers work at their own pace and can stay in this training program until they feel confident and comfortable on their own. Volunteers are also required to complete web-based safety courses, which will be assigned during their first couple weeks of service. Safety is the top priority in our organization, so safety training must be completed in a timely manner. Volunteers may complete online courses at home using their own device, but they also have the option to use LLPA computers if they need staff assistance.

How many hours must I complete each month to stay active in the LLPA volunteer program?

Hourly requirements vary according to the volunteer position, check the position description for further details. On average, volunteers must complete two half-shifts, or one full shift per month. This works out to about 8 ½ hours per month.

Can I use LLPA as a service site for high school credit?

It may be possible to use LLPA as a service site for certain high school classes or programs. This information must be disclosed to the Volunteer Services Coordinator prior to any service-for-credit activity. Please be aware that the Volunteer Services Coordinator reserves the right to refuse participation in any service-for-credit program, particularly if it conflicts with LLPA volunteer policies. Volunteers should not assume that they can use LLPA as a service site for credit, unless they have already received confirmation from the Volunteer Services Coordinator.

Do volunteers get benefits?

Yes! Volunteers receive a variety of benefits that become available immediately upon their start date. These include: free admission to LLPA, discounted LLPA tickets, and discounts at the café and gift shop. Additional benefits become available as volunteers fulfill a certain amount of hours. These include: admission tickets, memberships, animal encounter tickets, and more! Benefits will be discussed in further detail during Volunteer Orientation.

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