BBQ Chef (Former Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 10 February 2018
9-5 shifts, opening and closing. Usually busy. I learned a lot about working in a kitchen and how to work with a proper team. It was always hard during lunch rush when we would have to pump out food. I liked it because it taught me how to work and always stay on my toes.
Gallery Educator (Current Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 8 August 2017
The Vancouver Aquarium is a great and dynamic place to volunteer, with each shift cleanly laid-out. As a Gallery Educator, I learn something every day regarding the animals and the organization every single time I volunteer. The management and staff are welcoming and flexible, far nicer than what I first expected when joining. The hardest part about volunteering there as a Gallery Educator, I believe, is being able to communicate perfectly. As a fluent English speaker, it can be difficult to word my sentences to maintain guests' interest and be informative at the same time. That being said, I really enjoy volunteering there. They provide you with everything from discounts to volunteer jackets and lockers. Seeing the animals and staff every shift (especially the sea otters and dolphins) make my day. I have volunteered at large social events, in kitchen environments, etc, but I honestly do not think I have had a better volunteer experience elsewhere.
Discounts, free admission, and able to see the animals on shift.
Volunteer Experiences (Former Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 22 March 2017
My duties as a volunteer were divided into thirty minute rotations with other people involved during my term performing the same duties. It was a diverse job that never got dull with helpful management and a supportive staff.
Practicum Student (Former Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 19 February 2017
It's a very nice place to work in. The people you work with, from the volunteers to the front office staff, are just great and phenomenal. Not only is it a place where you can interact with visitors from diverse backgrounds, but you can also see and learn an abundance of information about the world's marine life. Huge thumbs up on this one!
Lots of awesome people and cool atmosphere beautiful place to work.
Line/Prep Cook (Former Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 6 May 2016
Enjoyed my 3 years working and living in Vancouver. Met so many awesome people made friends that will remain friends for years. Management seemed to change very often and employees rarely had opportunity to move up in the company. For experience and enjoying your job the Aquarium was a perfect pit stop.
VOLUNTEER (Current Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 21 May 2015
Always learning new things and meeting amazing people! The atmosphere is unlike anything I have ever experenced! You don't need to be a scientist to volunteer at the aquarium! Just bring what you offer to the table and you will be welcomed with open arms!
Gallery Assistant (Former Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 30 March 2015
30 minute shifts with two 30 minute breaks I learned a lot on how such a big place like the Aquarium works Management is kind and friendly Co-workers are the best Hardest part of the is maneuvering around the facility Most enjoyable part of the job is getting to go to the aquarium
Banquet Coordinator (Current Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 11 February 2015
- Establish and build relationships with all customers/clients - Assist in making the Vancouver Aquarium the venue of choice - Meet all customer/client needs in a timely fashion to ensure 100% customer satisfaction - Set up and tear down event area to meet the customers/clients needs - Manage a high volume of requests from customers, clients, and staff - Effectively troubleshoot issues/concerns and manage change - Provide mentorship and guidance to all staff - Analyze existing procedures and processes and recommend/implement enhancements to improve business practices and customer service
Human Resources Intern (Current Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 29 November 2013
As a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of ocean and aquatic life, the Vancouver Aquarium was a wonderful workplace experience.
The HR Department included me in every opportunity to gain applicable experience as a growing professional. Some of my experiences include but are not limited to: Preparing for audits; Managing independent projects; Managing confidential information; Assisting in payroll administration; Full recruitment cycle; Pre-sceening culture interviews; Creating policies and procedures; Running background checks and personality assessments.
Volunteer opportunities, Aquatic Life Presentations from industry experts
Interpretive Delivery Assistant (Former Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 5 July 2013
-A typical day would include interacting with kids who come to whatever station you are assigned to, answering questions/giving directions to the public, helping set up stations, carrying supplies, helping with any emergencies, and providing a friendly experience. -I learned how to handle certain marine animals -The hardest part was being ready for an ever-changing schedule, as well as being on your feet for up to 8 hours. -Working with people/kids, and having a hands on experience with certain animals.