Help Sandoway Discovery Center fulfill our mission of being South Florida’s premier marine life center through education and conservation!

Volunteering is a great way to gain experience in a future field of study, or to meet people and make new friends.  We have a variety of positions available and we will do our best to ensure your volunteering experience is as beneficial for you as it is for us.

General requirements for volunteering:

  • Must be at least fifteen years old
  • No court ordered service hours
  • Commit to working at least three hours per week for a minimum of six months
  • Complete the application process ($24 processing fee paid for by the applicant)

We need your help! Available Positions

Gift Shop Attendant

Welcome the public, collect payment for admission & gift store purchases, answer questions in person and over the phone, interact with visitors, and assist with membership & adoption. Weekly shifts available.


Help with general maintenance around the nature center such as: general repairs, painting, etc. Hours flexible.

Butterfly Gardener

Assist with maintaining the butterfly garden and Native plant gardens by weeding, pruning, watering and/or planting. Hours flexible.

Animal Care

Care for our educational animals by cleaning cages, changing water, and feeding. Weekly shifts.


Assist staff with teaching school programs and interact with visitors through touch tank, biofact and/ or animal roving and animal exhibit talks. Weekly shifts available.


Aquarists will learn the duties necessary for aquatic animal husbandry including system maintenance, cleaning, water quality testing & control, and animal interactions and education. Must be able to work independently, no experience necessary.

To learn more about our volunteer program please contact Amanda Clough at: