Gallery Ambassador Training

As trained interpretive guides, Gallery Ambassador Volunteers (GAV) will share the marvels of our natural world with thousands of visitors each year. 

Interpretive guides are docent-like volunteer roles.  Utilizing biofacts and activities, Gallery Ambassadors will connect visitors with our resident animals, inspiring guests to help protect these amazing animals and preserve the important habitats they call home.

The Aquarium offers the GAV course two times a year in April and September and consists of a five week training course that meets twice a week from 9am-1pm.


During this class, trainees learn:

  • Life history on The Aquarium’s resident animals on exhibit and those found in the Education Department’s animal collection.
  • Onsite training at our education carts
  • Animal handling * (selection for this portion of the GAV training is based on an individual basis and is up to the discretion of program leaders)

Trainees must pass the five week training class with an 80% average or higher in order to continue on as a Gallery Ambassador with The Florida Aquarium’s Education team.

To participate, there is a $50 non-refundable fee to cover the costs of materials ($10 for current Aquarium volunteers). Fees are collected on the first day of class.