Heyyo Key Clubbers! Hopefully you were able to watch the job fair and get a good idea of what projects you want to get involved in this year! For those of you who are interested in becoming an Oklahoma Aquarium volunteer, head to https://www.okaquarium.org/199/Aqua-Teens to fill out a volunteer application and attend the next Aqua-Teen orientation! You can also watch this video for a more comprehensive idea of what it means to be an Aqua-Teen!
If you have any questions, be sure to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I know that volunteering for Key Club this year is no longer a requirement to remain in good standing, but I’d still like to update you all on the Oklahoma Aquarium reopening and allowing volunteers. First off, wearing a mask or some sort of face covering is now required to volunteer there. Secondly, their hours have changed from 10am-6pm to 9am-9pm, meaning there are now 3 shifts in a day (9am-1pm, 1pm-5pm, and 5pm-9pm). Third, there are a few new stations at the front, the Shark & Ray touch is now open during the entire day, and there will not be any feed shows (this also means turtle and stingray feed stands are closed). Finally, the _guests_ now must follow a set path to go through the Aquarium which is laid out in red tape and are also required to follow social distancing guidelines. If you have not yet volunteered at the Oklahoma Aquarium and would like to in the future, go to this link, read the page, and fill out the volunteer application. Good luck and stay safe all!
I wanted to share some personal news this afternoon, and an update for the Volunteer Department.
After much consideration, I’ve accepted a new job outside the aquarium and will be starting Monday March 16th. My last day on staff at the aquarium will be Thursday March 12th.
Although I’m moving on from a staff position, I will definitely still be volunteering. I absolutely love the Oklahoma Aquarium and the people here, and I’m thrilled I can still be a part of the mission “to educate and inspire conservation of our aquatic world through interactive discovery.”
I leave the volunteer team in very good hands. Most of you know Chris Ray, who is currently one of our Guest Services Supervisors. I’ll let Chris tell you all about himself, but I will tell you that he is kind, professional, patient, smart, and very excited to move into this new role.
You can reach Chris via email at email@example.com. His phone number will be the same as mine currently, 918-528-1533.
I have been honored to lead the amazing Oklahoma Aquarium volunteer team. Thank you for your service!
Hello Key Clubbers! For those of you who already underwent volunteer orientation at the Oklahoma Aquarium, the Zzzs in the Seas events are for you! On December 13th this year, there will be a group of ~300 girl scouts coming to the Aquarium for a sleepover and you can volunteer! You can only volunteer at a Zzzs in the Seas if you are a regular volunteer to the Aquarium (have your volunteer t-shirt and ID). There will be dinner provided as well as snacks and breakfast (should you choose to stay overnight as well)
If you have questions about volunteer orientation, or of volunteering at the Oklahoma Aquarium in general, contact me or Jamie Gaylor through the contacts given on the Aquarium Projects page on the jenkskeyclub.org website
Hello fellow Key Clubbers! Just a reminder that ANYONE can volunteer during any of the Hallowmarine nights! Just follow the instructions given on https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f45ada729a4ff2-hallowmarine3 and sign up! You are required to show up between 5:30-5:45pm on the day you sign up for, enter through the volunteer entrance (right of the main entrance), sign in, and get a temporary volunteer badge. Shift goes from arrival to ~9:00pm (Jamie may release you as early as 8:30pm)
If you’ve wanted to volunteer at the Oklahoma Aquarium, now’s your chance! The next Volunteer Orientation at the Oklahoma Aquarium will be on Saturday the 19th at 10am. Make sure to let Jamie Gaylor know you’re interested through her email; firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not hear back from Jamie, the entrance you go to for the Orientation Session is the door into the main building closest to the copper humpback whale statue (left of main entrance). You can also drop by there at any time, as that is where the offices are, to ask questions. Happy volunteering!
Next month we’ll have a Zzzs in the Seas on the 4th and 5th for REGULAR VOLUNTEERS ONLY. Volunteer work during these long nights is very similar to normal shifts with a few things added, but really fun, as we get to socialize with each other most of the night. You can choose to stay overnight and sleep, don’t sleep, or leave after ‘lights out’ at around 11pm-midnight. Be sure to let Liz Medrano at email@example.com know if you’re interested AND already a regular volunteer. Cheers and happy volunteering!
Sunday, 9/8/19, the Oklahoma Aquarium is hosting a very large private event. From 3pm-7pm, we will be hosting approximately 5,500 guests come-and-go. We need many, many extra volunteers on this afternoon to help staff touch tanks, inflatables, biofact tables, and our big exhibits.
Please let me know ASAP if you would be free to come help out on the 8th, and thank you very much for your service to the aquarium!
Volunteer and Guest Coordinator