Education Volunteers

Join us!


In providing high quality, hands-on learning rooted in Smithsonian Science and expand your understanding of our coastal research projects and Chesapeake Bay ecology.
Our positions are open to high school students and adults and range from education programs to aquarium and animal care, trail maintenance, and administrative tasks.
While we have no minimum number of expected volunteer hours, we suggest 6-10 hours per month.

SERC education volunteer teaching students how to chicken neck for blue crabs

Leader activities include but are not limited to:

  • Help lead and conduct educational programs (Grades K-8) 
  • Help prepare and maintain educational materials
  • Supervise Education Programs Helpers 

Helper activities include but are not limited to:

  • Provide assistance to education volunteers and staff that are leading programs. This may be in the form of setting up and taking down materials, assisting with teaching content, or providing lunch breaks and relief for rotation stations.


Activities include but not are not limited to:

  • Become trainers and mentors to new and returning volunteers
  • Build and maintain volunteer support
  • Help develop educational materials


SERC education volunteer caring for aquaria

Volunteers are always welcome to help out in many other opportunities not listed here, that can be addressed on a case-by-case basis, and focused on the needs of the education center as well as the interest of the volunteer.

Activities include but are not limited to:

  • Office support/ administration
  • Volunteer management
  • Trail maintenance and caring for the aquaria and animals in the education center


Other benefits of volunteering at SERC:
  • Deepen your knowledge about the Chesapeake Bay and SERC science and research
  • Receive volunteer training and continuing educational experiences on a team known for its strong sense of community, mutual support, and meet world class scientists
  • Enjoy the benefits at other Smithsonian facilities/ events in DC
To learn more about Education Volunteer opportunities, please contact Karen McDonald at