ORF is an all-volunteer organization, and we’re always looking for more to join the team!
Members of ORF, like you, love the ocean and recognize its importance for our survival.
Furthermore, we're inspired by our community, and we value the importance of making changes at a local level. Will you do us the honor of joining the team?
We’re looking for volunteers for the following areas: Public Outreach, Social Media, Event/Volunteer Coordination, and Curriculum Development. Read on for details!
Social Media Volunteers
With so many social media platforms available these days, maintaining our online presence takes a lot of work! We need some social media superstars to help keep ORF’s message flowing through cyberspace.
Volunteers will report to the Social Media Manager, and duties will generally include the following:
- Finding interesting and relevant marine science and policy news from reputable sources in accordance with ORF’s guidelines of representation.
- Reading the articles and creating short summaries appropriate for each social media channel (ex: a 140 character summary for Twitter, a couple sentences for Facebook, etc.).
- Posting summaries and hyperlinks into our Google Sheet, which coordinates all social media activity.
- Scheduling posts as able or appropriate (generally the Social Media Manager does the actual posting, but other arrangements might be agreed upon).
- Reviewing and editing other volunteers’ posts (if they are marked for editing).
- Creating posts highlighting ORF’s own events (if you didn’t attend the event you’d need to check in with a volunteer who did to get a summary and photos).
- Creating posts advertising upcoming ORF events or other announcements (we’ll keep you in the loop so you don’t miss anything!).
- Possibly contributing to content in ORF’s future blog.
- Strong writing skills.
- A working knowledge of marine science.
- Proficiency in Facebook and Twitter (experience with additional platforms, such as Instagram, is even better!). Must be willing to learn Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, etc.
- Familiar with online etiquette.
- Past experience using social media for a non-profit organization.
- Individuals working towards or that have completed a Bachelor of Science.
- Previous work/volunteer experience with a marine science organization (ex. a non-profit or an aquarium) can replace educational experience.
- A person with a smart phone who can routinely update our social media outlets during events is highly desired.
Public Outreach Volunteers
We need volunteers to be available to participate in our public outreach events, which typically occur four to five times a year. Duties may include some or all of the following:
- Coordinating details with the event manager ahead of time.
- Printing educational material ahead of time (sign-up sheets, brochures, etc.).
- Retrieving tabling supplies (banners, game supplies, biological specimens, handouts, etc.).
- Arriving early and setting up for the event:
- Tables and chairs are usually provided by the venue.
- We set up our table with displays, a recycling game, a “sharks of the bay” game, large backdrop banners, and informational materials.
- Greeting visitors with contagious ocean enthusiasm!
- Answering questions about ORF’s activities, and general shark/ocean information as able (don’t be intimidated...there’s almost always a senior ORF member to help field questions!).
- Helping visitors with any games or activities we have set up.
- Disassembling the tabling materials after the event and loading them into a vehicle.
In the past, these events have included things like Sharktober Nightlife at the California Academy of Sciences, the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival, various Earth Day festivals, and a super-fun Shark Week launch party!
These events are ALWAYS a good time, and you get to meet some amazing people and share some ocean love!
ORF is committed to coordinating creative outreach events that supply a unique educational element regarding marine science.
Duties of this position include:
- Designing activities, writing up their descriptions and aiding in the construction of any necessary materials (ex. making posters).
- Teaching their activity to the rest of the team of volunteers.
- Bachelor of Science or equivalent work/volunteer experience in marine science.
- Two years of teaching experience in marine science or in outdoor education.
- Past work in curriculum writing.
This individual will be the point person for our future public outreach events.
- Working with event organizers.
- Finding and assigning ORF volunteers.
- Coordinating the day-of tasks (i.e. volunteer schedules and the set-up/take down of our materials).
He or she will be the face of ORF to any person or entity collaborating with ORF on marine-related events. In addition, this person will be responsible for briefing volunteers on communication of marine science and ORF to the public. A successful candidate will have the potential to create and direct future events. Examples include fundraisers for ORF or social events that provide educational content (such as shark trivia nights during Shark Week).
- Ability to stay on task and respond to emails in a timely manner.
- An energetic and cooperative personality who can maintain patience as well as a positive demeanor during high-stress situations.
- Past experience working with an organization under the scope of this position.