Docents are women and men who volunteer a minimum of 60 hours per year and must be a minimum of 18 years of age.
Some of the activities docents take part in:
Volunteer divers assist PPG Aquarium staff with in-tank maintenance of our warm and cold water exhibits, including the ocean tank, sea otters, sand tiger sharks, and more. Volunteer divers also participate in special event activities that further the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium’s mission.
Yes. Divers must be at least 18 years old, hold an open water SCUBA certification from a recognized agency (PADI, NAUI, etc.).
1. Read the full description of volunteer diver requirements on the tab to the right.
2. Fill out and submit an application form. Send completed form to the PPG Aquarium staff at firstname.lastname@example.org, with "Volunteer Dive Program" in the e-mail subject line. If you qualify, a PPG Aquarium representative will contact you.
3). After all further paperwork is complete, you will complete an in-water dive evaluation and underwater diver orientation requirements.
Scheduling varies, but divers must participate at least once per month and attend regular volunteer dive meetings to stay active in the program.
Thank you for your interest. If you have additional questions, please email email@example.com.
A volunteer diver assists PPG Aquarium husbandry staff with in-tank maintenance of warm and cold water exhibits, primarily: Ocean, Flooded Forest, Sea Otter, Penguin, and Sand Tiger Shark exhibits. Volunteer divers also participate in special event activities that further the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium’s mission. Duties include cleaning acrylic panels, cleaning and maintenance of artificial rockwork and corals, assisting with in-tank maintenance, dive show demonstrations and keeping current on the exhibits and collection. In addition, a diver must learn to interpret the collections behavior, to keep accurate records, and maintain clean work areas. Occasionally, a diver may be requested to assist Aquarium staff in other areas or exhibits as needed.
While volunteering, safety must always be a top priority. The volunteer diver must be familiar with all safety procedures as specified by the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium. The Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium reserves the right to remove any volunteer from the program if his or her actions do not represent the Aquarium in a safe, professional, courteous, and knowledgeable manner.