Group of smiling volunteers at the SEA Discovery CenterShow your support for the SEA Discovery Center by volunteering!

The center depends upon volunteers to help with a range of tasks. Volunteer orientation classes are held each month. Training is available for feeding fish, docenting, helping with educational programs, and many other tasks.

Have you been waiting for the perfect place to put your energy and enthusiasm? Sign up using our Volunteer Application.

You are welcome to drop off applications at the center or mail them to:

SEA Discovery Center
Attn: Lauren Kemper
P.O. Box 2318
Poulsbo, WA 98370

Questions? Email SEAvolunteer@wwu.edu

The SEA Discovery Center can’t operate without the help of our volunteers. This is an opportunity for you to help your community, receive hands-on education about marine life, and meet a wide variety of people.

Volunteers are currently needed for the following tasks:

Work as a SEA tour guide to increase public awareness and appreciation of the aquatic environment. Duties include answering questions about exhibits, giving short talks, helping with tours and demonstrations.  Oversight provided by the Volunteer Coordinator.   Preferred time commitment is three hours per week.

Education Assistant:
Assist or instruct pre‑school through second grade classes. Volunteers help with crafts, supervise at the touch tank and guide students in hands-on exploration.  Schedule is variable with a time commitment of approximately eight hours per month.  If you are interested, after observation and training, you may become the instructor.

Facility Maintenance:
Tasks include maintaining tank systems, building maintenance, assisting with water changes, and other maintenance tasks. If you would specifically like to volunteer for only these tasks, please indicate so.

Fish Feeder:
Come in 1‐3 days per week to feed the animals.  This task requires a time commitment of 1‑3 hours per week. Times are flexible.

Environmental Science and Stewardship Project Volunteer:
Assist ongoing research projects led by SEA Discovery Center staff and interns. Projects may involve working outside in various weather conditions. Duties also include lab work and analysis, and teaching visitors about the work you are doing. Preferred time commitment is 3-4 hours per week.

Specialty Volunteers:
Duties include carpentry, photography, water quality monitor, clerical help, computer help, fundraising, art, graphic design and specimen collection.

Interested? Contact the SEA Volunteer Coordinator.

Volunteer Overview Class:

Volunteer orientations are held the 1st Saturday of each month.  The class starts at 10:00 a.m. and lasts up to two hours. Both new and prospective volunteers are encouraged to attend. These classes provide an overview of marine life and the volunteer activities.

If you are interested in the next class, please contact Lauren Kemper at SEAvolunteer@wwu.edu

Age: The minimum age for volunteering is 12, but requires an adult to volunteer with them. Persons over 16 years of age do not require an accompanying adult.

Background: No specific background is required to volunteer at the SEA Discovery Center. We will teach you everything you need to know.

More information is available in our Volunteer Handbook.