The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk will be conducting interviews for volunteers on Thursday, Sept. 19, and Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 5 and 7 p.m.

"Helping visitors, especially children, learn about Long Island Sound is personally rewarding and crucial in building public awareness about issues affecting our local environment," said Lisa Slinsky, assistant director of volunteers and community service. "The volunteer program is vital to the mission of the Maritime Aquarium and its educational goals. Plus, it's a fun way to join up with a group of people who have similar interests."

Prior knowledge about marine animals isn't necessary to be a volunteer as that will be taught in a four-week training course, which will meet on Tuesday and Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. beginning on Thursday, Oct. 3.

Volunteers must be at least 15 years old, and work in four-hour shifts. Volunteers work a minimum of four shifts per month for weekday staff and two or three shifts per month for those with weekend availability.

Most volunteers work as gallery guides, helping visitors learn more about the represented animals of Long Island Sound.

A $40 fee covers the costs of training materials and uniforms. Volunteers receive discounts in the gift shop, cafe and on many programs.

Advance registration is required for the interview sessions and volunteer training course.

To sign up or for information, email or call 203-852-0700, ext. 2225.

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