Manatee Rehabilitation Volunteer - Tenders Global

Manatee Rehabilitation Volunteer

Bishop Museum of Science and Nature- Offsite facility

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature is looking for manatee rehabilitation volunteers to assist with our offsite facility. This facility may care for manatees in need of both critical and secondary care. This is an unpaid voluntary positon and local canadites will be given preference. 

The Bishop Museum is in the process of preparing the facility for manatees and is anticipated to open early 2024. Until that time, we may ask for you to come to our main facility, The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature (in Bradenton, FL)  to observe manatee care procedures and practice behavioral observations. The skills you will learn at the museum will prepare you for the work at the offsite facility. Once the facility opens, volunteer work will only be available at the offsite facility. This facility is not open to the public. 


  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Ability to work in adverse weather conditions (i.e., heat, rain, or cold).
  • Must have physical endurance for long days and be able to stand/kneel/walk for extended periods of time.
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs. and move heavy objects.
  • This facility is in a remote area. You must have reliable transportation and be willing to drive to the location.
  • Ability to swim. (Volunteers do not swim or dive but will be working around pools frequently).
  • Must attend an orientation held at the museum and be able to visit the Myakka site.
  • You must sign our photo policy. No pictures of patients or the facility will be allowed. These animals are in critical condition and deserve respect.
  • Ideally looking for people with previous animal care experience. 


Volunteers will be asked to assist staff with:

  • Cleaning; Includes pools, surrounding area and equipment.
  • Assist with light landscape and facility upkeep.
  • Diet preparations.
  • Behavioral observations.
  • Record keeping/logging.
  • Assist with intake of patients, rescue/release paperwork, taking morphometrics and weights.
  • Possibly assist in restraint of manatees for treatments and other duties assigned.
  • Assist with transportation.


Rehabilitation can mean unpredictable shift hours, long hours, and overnight shifts. To be a volunteer, flexibility is appreciated.

Shifts could look like:

  • 8am to 4pm. Routine care of manatees that will include pool cleaning, diet preparation and feeding. Assisting with treatments is a possibility.
  • Depending on your availability and if you can’t work a full day, a minimum of 4 hours would be recommended due to the remote location of the facility.
  • Overnight coverage could look like 2–4-hour shifts. (We do have a small apartment with a bed and shower to stay overnight if necessary).


Anyone interested in learning more about the position or is interested in applying can email [email protected] for more details. 

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