Volunteer

As a non-profit organization Phillips Wharf Environmental Center relies on the generosity of time and service of its many volunteers. We can always find a way for you to contribute to our programs.

We currently have the following volunteer opportunities-

Docent | Fish Mobile Volunteer | Aquarist/Animal Husbandry | Writers

For more information or to sign up contact us at 410-886-9200 or info@pwec.org.


Center Docent

As a Phillips Wharf Docent your main responsibility is to introduce visitors to the animals at the Center, and share information about natural history, life cycle, ecology, economic value, and status. You also assist visitors in handling specimens while protecting the welfare of the animals being handled.

Docents also assist with formal Center educational programs, including summer day camps, Girl Scouts, Tilghman Seafood Festival, and other organized programming as need arises. No prior experience is needed and training is provided for this fun and satisfying way to support environmental education.

Docent are needed 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday - Monday from early April through mid-October at Phillips Wharf Environmental Center.

Fishmobile Volunteer

Volunteers are needed to assist with events and classroom visits to introduce children and adults to the animals aboard the Fishmobile, and present learning activities as required. You will share information about natural history, life cycle, ecology, economic value, and status with visitors.

Other duties include monitoring touch tanks and assisting visitors in handling specimens while protecting the welfare of the animals being handled, as well as assisting the Fishmobile Manager with set up at site visits.

The Fishmobile travels to schools and events throughout the Eastern Shore. This position requires flexibility of dates, times and the ability to travel to various locations as needed.

Aquarist/Animal Husbandry

Volunteers are needed feed the fish, turtles and other animals, as well as to maintain external and internal aquariums and flow tanks. Morning shifts are available Monday-Sunday from mid-April through mid-October at Phillips Wharf Environmental Center.

Daily:

1) Fish & invertebrate feeding – Provide proper portions of food, including fresh, frozen, dry, or live foods, to fish, crabs, and other invertebrates according to instruction. Inspect tanks to ensure all food is eaten and remove uneaten portions as required.

2) Turtle feeding – Provide proper portions of food to turtles, including fresh, frozen, dry, or live foods, according to instruction. Inspect tanks to ensure all food is eaten and remove uneaten portions.

3) External aquarium cleaning – Using designated cleaning supplies and according to instruction, clean exterior surfaces of display and husbandry aquarium tanks.

4) Aquarium inspection – Inspect animals for poor health and signs of distress. Notify PWEC staff of any animals in poor condition. Remove dead animals from aquaria, and preserve or dispose of per instruction.

Twice weekly:

1) Interior aquarium cleaning – Using designated cleaning equipment and according to instruction, scrub interior surfaces free of algae growth, clean filters, and vacuum aquaria (including under gravel filters where present). Re-fill aquaria with water from appropriate source (ambient Bay water, treated fresh water, artificial seawater of correct salinity).

2) Flow-through tank cleaning - Using designated cleaning equipment and according to instruction, scrub interior surfaces and standpipes, and drain and re-fill tanks, ensuring drain pipes do not clog, animals do not escape, and water flow is restored correctly after cleaning.

Writers

Volunteers are need to help promote our mission and advertise our events. Duties and responsibilities Include:
• Assist with website updates and online calendar of events
• Write press releases for local publications
• Post articles and blogs about PWEC events
Written content is needed two weeks prior to events advertised on our website calendar page. Ongoing content needed for website articles, blogs and Facebook postings.