by Alan Everett
The Marine Discovery Centre at Queenscliff is calling for volunteers to help people of all ages and backgrounds to discover the wonders of the marine environment and our valuable fisheries.
Part of the Department of Primary Industries Fisheries Victoria division, the Discovery Centre is located in spectacular premises on the shores of Swan Bay.
Senior Education Officer, Alex Giannuzzi said volunteers are important for the centre.
'They are integral to our community program and help reveal the wonders of our unique marine environment and fisheries to our thousands of visitors each year,' she said.
'Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and will be fully trained.
'The training involves hands-on activities, a number of lectures and interactive interpretation training.
'We also provide an opportunity for volunteers to pursue a qualification in Tour Guiding (Cert III) through William Angliss TAFE while working at the Discovery Centre.
'Volunteers will also have an opportunity to assist with some Fisheries Victoria community engagement events throughout the year'.
Most of the staff employed at the Discovery Centre actually started as volunteers – one of these was Pam Haebich.
'The volunteer program is a fantastic way to gain experience in marine and coastal education and network with people in the industry.
'It also gives you the opportunity to meet people with similar interests and enjoy the fantastic activities that the Discovery Centre offers – from snorkelling to crafty conservation art', Ms Haebich said.
An information session for potential volunteers will be held at the Centre between 11:00am and 1pm Saturday 25 June.
For more information please contact the Centre on (03) 5258 3344 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Department of Primary Industries Victoria website