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ABQ BioPark Looking for Volunteers.
How many people can say they're a train conductor? How about a sting ray touchpool attendant?

The ABQ BioPark gives community members the chance to step in these shoes and many others through its volunteer program, and special orientation sessions are coming up this October. 

Touchpool volunteer orientation will occur from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on October 15. Horticulture and Garden Railroad volunteer orientation will occur from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on October 20. Both orientations will be held at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden and Aquarium Education Building.

"Education volunteers are essential to our mission and conservation education goals at the ABQ BioPark," said Education Curator Kathryn Venzor. "They are the heart of our organization."

Plus, it's fun.

"Volunteers not only get to explore and develop their interests, they also get to learn new skills, meet like-minded people, and have fun while helping us work as a team to achieve our conservation goals," said Venzor.

No prior knowledge is necessary - all volunteers will be trained by BioPark staff. Attendees should inform the front gate cashier they are going to volunteer orientation. 

Volunteer orientation is by invitation only. Interested volunteers should complete an online application.

Volunteer descriptions:

  • Touchpool volunteers facilitate the two interactive exhibits in the aquarium using a variety of marine animals including invertebrates, sharks, and stingrays, to teach visitors about marine life and conservation through hands-on learning opportunities.
  • Horticulture volunteers will increase their plant knowledge, practical gardening skills, and learn great gardening tips from BioPark garden staff. No gardening experience necessary.
  • Garden railroad volunteers operate and maintain the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden's G-scale model trains and exhibit while talking to the public about the various trains in operation.