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Volunteer Today

  • Training sessions further develop interests in helping coastal ecosystems
  • Make new friends and colleagues
  • Assist student groups on boating excursions
  • Receive invitations to social events and quarterly get-togethers
  • Enjoy a subscription to the quarterly volunteer newsletter

Do you want to get involved with MAREX?

Join the University of Georgia Marine Extension Service (MAREX) volunteer program! There are opportunities for those who enjoy hands-on, educational interactions and those who are interested in getting down and dirty out in the field. The only requirements are that volunteers are at least 18 years old, want to learn, share their expertise with others and most importantly, have fun!

Opportunities at the Marine Education Center and Aquarium in Savannah:

  • Aquarium Operations
  • Visitor Services
  • Aquarium Docents
  • PK-4 Teaching
  • Summer Camps
  • Citizen Science
  • Gardening and Grounds - help maintain the new Skidaway Learning Garden
  • Maintenance 
  • Saturday General Visitor Program - greet visitors to the Aquarium and answer questions regarding exhibits!
  • Elementary Education Programs (Pre-K through 4th grade) - lead aquarium tours, conduct touch tank sessions with live animals, and assist with interactive activities!
  • Elementary Outreach Programs (Pre-K through 4th grade) - travel to nearby schools with the Center's staff and assist students in hands-on activities!
  • Southeast Phytoplankton Monitoring Network (SEPMN) - aid a coastal Georgia research project and monitor phytoplankton species in the Skidaway River!
  • Invertebrate Touch Tanks - feed touch tank invertebrates on scheduled days, maintain and clean touch tanks!
  • Special Events (Annual Open House, Festivals) - collaborate with the Center's staff to implement daily activities during special events!

The Marine Education Center and Aquarium offers other opportunities as well, such as acting as an aquarium docent, assisting with the summer camp program, boat operations, gardening, and maintenance at the aquarium.

Opportunities at the Shellfish Research Lab in Savannah:

  • Oyster Restoration - help bag shells, build oyster reefs, and monitor existing reefs!
  • Adopt-A-Wetland - participate in water quality monitoring and biological sampling to determine wetland habitat health!

Opportunities at Brunswick Station:

  • Gardening and grounds - assist the EcoScapes program in maintaining and enhancing the conservation landscaping demonstration garden throughout the year. Tasks include native plantings, weeding, mature oak tree conservation practices, transplantings and fall cleanup.
Volunteer in our G.E.O.R.G.I.A program and rebuild oyster reefs to protect the Georgia coast!

Volunteer in our G.E.O.R.G.I.A program and rebuild oyster reefs to protect the Georgia coast!


Mary Sweeney-Reeves

Marine Educator, Volunteer Coordinator, Boat Captain, Marine Education Center and Aquarium
Email: msweeney@uga.edu
Phone: 912-598-2350