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Volunteer Opportunities

GIVE BACK TO THE FISH

  •  Volunteers are essential to the success of the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum.

  •  Whether you are interested in fishing, boating, the environment, or just giving back to your community, your ideas and time can assist the IGFA.

  •  Our volunteers share their knowledge and enthusiasm of the aquatic world with visitors and other volunteers. The shared experience expands your horizons.

  •  The IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum brings the aquatic world to life for the entire family, with exciting state of the art exhibits, displays, sculptures, videos, multi-media presentations, educational laboratories, research libraries, and interactive computer technology.

  • Interested in giving more than your time? Check out the Dollars for Doers Grant Program "A corporate employee giving program in which a company provides grants to nonprofits where employees and retirees volunteer on a regular basis". Your company may qualify! For a list of participating companies click here.

VOLUNTEER POSITIONS 
  • Catch Gallery Operator: Responsible for operating the fishing simulators located in the Catch Gallery of the Hall of Fame.

  • World Records Assistant: Help with our world records department, certification of scales, test lines, samples submitted for world records, mailing and light filing.

  • Educational Program Assistant: Assist the Education Department staff with instructing school and youth programs such as day camps and fishing clinics. You can also apply to be a camp counselor during our Day and Summer Camps. 

  • Administrative Assistant: Typing, assembling data, computer data input, filing and answering phones, binding manuals, and assembling mailing packages.

  • Special Events Host / Hostess: Answer questions, interpret the exhibits within the galleries and our wetlands, staff the simulated fishing gallery during special events.

  • Library Assistant: Help operate our 16,000-volume library. Assist members and guests in the research of archived records, visuals, and information pertaining to aquatic and environmental studies.

  • Museum/Wetlands Docent: Enhance a guest's visit to the museum with a guided tour. Answer questions and point out key facts and items found in the history, architecture, mission, and Wetlands of the IGFA.
    *Additional training is required.*  

  • Touch Tank Handler: Educate museum guests about South Florida's saltwater ecosystems and the sea creatures found within the Touch Tank. Enhance their experience by allowing them to touch a sea creature.
    *Additional training and stipulations required.*

VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION/TRAINING

Attending an orientation/training session is an important first step to becoming an effective IGFA volunteer. Every new volunteer MUST attend an orientation.

Here you will learn a bit about the history of the IGFA and the museum, the benefits of volunteering with us and the wide range of volunteer positions available. Every new volunteer MUST attend an orientation before volunteering.

The next orientation will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 2 pm.
The next Docent/Tour Guide training session will be held on Saturday, May 17 at 3pm.

If you plan on attending, please contact the volunteer coordinator (see contact info below).

Save a step at Orientation: download and fill out the Volunteer Application Forms


Additional documentation needed:
Copy of driver's license, state ID, or student ID AND copy of Social Security card.  
There will be a non-refundable $10 registration and application fee due to the Volunteer Coordinator at the time of the orientation. In exchange, you will be provided with your first IGFA logo t-shirt, which is required as part of the dress code. 
Please bring these with you to the orientation.

Minimum age for volunteering is 15 years old.


GRADE US

Been volunteering for a while? Finished your service hours? We want to hear from you! Let us know how we're doing or how we can improve.

Volunteer Program Evaluation Form

Mail it, email it, drop it off, send it by carrier pigeon, whatever, just get it to us!

VOLUNTEER CALENDAR

Total Hours Volunteered in 2013: 3,855!
Total Hours Volunteered in 2014: 854!
(as of 4/16)

Get involved in upcoming volunteer opportunities:

Please keep in mind that in addition to these dates you can also get involved in the world record process, assist with daily education groups and library functions. The Catch Gallery could always use the help every day, including weekends, 10am – 2pm and 2pm – 6pm on Saturdays and 12pm - 4pm on Sundays. The volunteer coordinator is available ONLY Monday - Friday from 9am - 5pmnot available on weekends.
 

April
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
    1
10am - 2pm Catch Gallery (fully staffed)
2
10am - 2pm Catch Gallery (2 spots left)

6pm - 10pm Front Desk Duty (fully staffed)
3
10am - 2pm Catch Gallery (2 spots left)
4
10am - 2pm Catch Gallery (2 spots left)
5 Bank of America Weekend

10am - 2pm Catch Gallery (2 spots left)
10am - 2pm Docent Floater (2 spots left)
10am - 2pm Touch Tank Handler (1 spot left)
2pm - 6pm Catch Gallery (2 spots left)
2pm - 6pm Floater (1 spot left)
2pm - 6pm Touch Tank Handler (1 spot left)
6 Bank of America Weekend

12pm - 3pm Catch Gallery (1 spot left)
12pm - 3pm Floater (1 spots left)
12pm - 3pm Touch Tank Handler (fully staffed)
3pm - 6pm Catch Gallery (2 spots left)
3pm - 6pm Floater (1 spot left)
3pm - 6pm Touch Tank Handler (1 spot left)
7
9:30am - 2:30pm Fishing Clinic II (fully staffed)
 
8
9:30am - 2:30pm Fishing Clinic II (fully staffed)
9
9:30am - 2:30pm Fishing Clinic II (1 spot left)
10
10am - 2pm Catch Gallery (2 spots left)




 
11 12
8:30am - 1pm Special Angler's Tournament (open)
13 14
10am - 2pm Catch Gallery (2 spots left)
15
10am - 2pm Catch Gallery (2 spots left)
16 17
10am - 2pm Catch Gallery (2 spots left)
18
9am - 5pm Fishing Day Camp (fully staffed)
19
 
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10am - 2pm Catch Gallery (2 spots left)
24 25
10am - 2pm Catch Gallery (2 spots left)
26

Volunteer Orientation
2 pm

Museum closes at 4pm
 
27
12:30pm - 4:30pm Fishing Clinic II (fully staffed)
28
10am - 2pm Catch Gallery (2 spots left)
 
29
10am - 2pm Catch Gallery (2 spots left)
30      


 

May
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday



 
      1 2
10am - 2pm Catch Gallery (2 spots left)
Bank of America Weekend
10am - 2pm Catch Gallery (2 spots left)
10am - 2pm Docent Floater (1 spot left)
10am - 2pm Touch Tank Handler (1 spot left)
2pm - 6pm Catch Gallery (2 spots left)
2pm - 6pm Docent Floater (1 spot left)
2pm - 6pm Touch Tank Handler (1 spot left)
4 Bank of America Weekend
12pm - 3pm Catch Gallery (2 spots left)
12pm - 3pm Docent Floater (1 spot left)
12pm - 3pm Touch Tank Handler (fully staffed)
3pm - 6pm Catch Gallery (2 spots left)
3pm - 6pm Docent Floater (1 spot left)
3pm - 6pm Touch Tank Handler (1 spot left)
5
10am - 2pm Catch Gallery (2 spots left)
6 7 8
10am - 2pm Catch Gallery (2 spots left)
9
10am - 2pm Catch Gallery (2 spots left)
10
12pm-4pm Family Fishing Clinic (1 spot left)
11 12
10am - 2pm Catch Gallery (2 spots left)
13
10am - 2pm Catch Gallery (2 spots left)
14
10am - 2pm Catch Gallery (2 spots left)
15
10am - 2pm Catch Gallery (2 spots left)
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18 19
10am - 2pm Catch Gallery (2 spots left)
20
10am - 2pm Catch Gallery (2 spots left)
21
10am - 2pm Catch Gallery (2 spots left)
22
10am - 2pm Catch Gallery (2 spots left)
23
9am - 5pm Fishing Day Camp (1 spot left)
24
25 26 27
10am - 2pm Catch Gallery (2 spots left)
28
10am - 2pm Catch Gallery (2 spots left)
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CONTACT INFORMATION

Lisa Morse
Volunteer and Education Coordinator
lmorse@igfa.org

Phone: (954) 924-4340
300 Gulf Stream Way
Dania Beach, FL 33004