Volunteering at The Museum

Volunteers make our programming possible. Join the team!

Current Volunteer Opportunities

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Shell Ambassadors

Shell Ambassadors are certified shell experts who have completed our 8-hour training program and assessment. The certification covers knowledge of Southwest Florida shells, interpretation of beach ecosystems, effective public relations, and response to legal and ethical dilemmas. Study materials are provided in advance.


Once you complete the training, you receive our blue Shell Ambassador shirt, which indicates to beachgoers that you can answer questions and identify shells. There are no specific hours or shifts required, but Shell Ambassadors who complete 20 volunteer hours on the beach receive a free Golden Olive membership (valued at $100).


Training days (8:30am to 5:00pm) are scheduled throughout the year. Lunch and continental breakfast are included with the $100 registration fee.


An advanced daylong certification course for Shell Ambassadors interested in additional training is available for $50. This program covers scaphopods, cephalopods, local avian fauna, invertebrates, our collections, reproductive and feeding habits of local mollusks, and more.

Other Volunteer Positions

Training Provided 

  • Great Hall of Shells Docent: Interpret our exhibits to the visiting public.

  • Aquarium Docent: Discuss the unique mollusks in our aquarium exhibits with visitors.

  • Aquarium Records Volunteer: Help maintain aquarium data records.

  • Arts & Crafts Volunteer: Construct take-home shell craft bags.

  • Shell Collecting Volunteer: Collect shells for use in Museum programming.

  • Shell Sorting Volunteer: Sort shell donations by species for use in school kits and other educational programs.

  • Collections Volunteer: Help organize the scientific collection. 

  • Front Desk / Retail Volunteer: Assist guests at the front desk and in Museum Store.

Volunteer Perks

  • Free Wentletrap membership after 20 hours

  • 20% discount in the Museum Store

  • Professional training

  • Social events & opportunities

  • A chance to learn something new every day!


We welcome all ages and experience levels! However, volunteers under 18 may only apply for the Exhibits and Arts & Crafts positions.

To register for Shell Ambassador training or other volunteer opportunities,

please email info@shellmuseum.org or call 239-395-2233.