Volunteer at the Maritime Center

and make a difference!

Volunteers, the  heart and soul of the Port Royal Sound Foundation, provide more than 500 hours a month in services. They welcome visitors, explain our exhibits and touch tanks, lead tours and presentations, facilitate field trips, answer phones, manage our databases, maintain our gardens, and much, much more! Volunteers must be at least 18 and are asked to work two shifts a month (about four to eight hours a month, depending on role).

Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities

Host

Welcomes visitors to the Maritime Center and briefly explains mission and purpose. Asks visitors to log in, and answers questions. Operates point-of-sale for small gift shop. Thanks visitors for coming as they depart.

Depending on shift, opening or closing functions.

Hours: Morning shift is 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Afternoon shift is 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Docent

Educator in the Maritime Center. Answers questions related to exhibits, Port Royal Sound’s unique qualities; displays live specimens from the touch tanks and explains what the visitors are seeing; performs host duties when host is not available. For scheduled tours, leads groups.

Depending on shift, opening or closing functions.

Hours: Morning shift is 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Afternoon shift is 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Reception Host/Docent

Receptions are held to honor contributors to the Foundation. For outside groups that want to expose their members to the Foundation, the reception host/docent prepares for receptions (arranging refreshments, chairs); welcomes visitors; helps explain the purpose of the Maritime Center; answers questions; assists with straightening up after the function.

Hours are usually late afternoon, early evening or weekends.

Field Trip Assistant

Children and adults schedule field trips to the Maritime Center and other local sites. Field trip assistants work with the Foundation naturalist to lead specific topics (e.g., shrimp, oysters, birds, marsh habitat) during the field trips. The naturalist supplies content. May also do docent-led tours of the center.

Hours: Field trips are usually mornings and late afternoon; tours of the center could be anytime.

Speaker (Speakers Bureau)

Volunteer speakers deliver presentations prepared by naturalist/staff to groups either at the Maritime Center or in the community. In the future, volunteers with subject-matter expertise and experience may deliver other talks (i.e., Tuesday Talks, Nature Walks, Birding Classes, Maritime Talks).

Hours: Varies, daytime or early evening; occasional weekends.

Tank Team

Volunteers clean the main aquarium and touch tanks regularly and change out water; maintain the holding tanks and systems. Activities may occur during visiting hours so Tank Team members need to be comfortable interacting positively with visitors.

Hours: 10 a.m. to Monday through Friday and as needed.

Office Support

Volunteers help answer phones, make copies, manage the database, assist with mass mailings and reports.

Hours: Variable, Monday through Friday during business hours or remote.

Exhibits/Research

Volunteers research fun facts for exhibits and may help with preparation, set-up, maintenance of exhibits.

Hours: Variable

How to Apply

It’s simple to get started!

A. Complete a volunteer interest form.
B. Sign up for a two-hour orientation.

Here’s how easy it is:

1. Click to see our Volunteer Orientation Calendar at VolunteerSpot, an online scheduling system.
2. Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3. Sign up. You will not need to register or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.
Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone.If you prefer not to use your email address, please call 843-645-7774 or email: info@portroyalsoundfoundation.org

C. Come to your orientation session and join the team!