Tall Ships Festival, Updates and More

Tall Ships Festival

We are expecting over 8,000 participants to join us from September 7th to the 9th for our BIGGEST event of the year: Tall Ships Festival! During the festival, a fleet of tall ships occupy the harbor and history comes alive as crews engage the public in cannon battles, pirate adventures, mermaid encounters, ship tours, food trucks, beer gardens, marine education, and much more.

We highly encourage anyone who plans to volunteer to attend ONE of our Tall Ships training dates, which will take place on:
Thursday August 23rd from 6:00pm to 7:30pm AND 
Saturday August 25th from 10:00am to 11:30am (only attend one).

Tall Ships Festival shift details below may be referenced below,
Please use the following link to sign up for training and Tall Ship Festival Shifts: http://signup.com/go/1S6syZ 

Friday September 7th:
Festival Shifts:
9:00 am to 12:30 pm and 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Shift Description: festival assignments will be given on the day of the event.

Friday September 7th:
Sails ‘n Ales (must be 21+):
4:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Shift Description: man gates/designated areas, assist with check-in, refill water/coffee, and provide assistance as needed.

Saturday September 8th and Sunday September 9th:
Festival Shifts:
9:15 am to 12:30 pm and 12:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Shift Description: Festival assignments will be given on the day of the event.

Saturday September 8th and Sunday September 9th:
Mermaid Breakfast:
8:00 am to 11:00 am
Shift Description: Assist with “Host” activities.
Special Note* Shuttle services are not available at this time. Please prepare to avoid parking problems by being dropped off or arriving early. 

More important information:
What are the age requirements?
Volunteers ages 14 and up are highly encouraged to participate.
What is the dress code? Please wear khaki or blue jeans and a navy blue shirt with no logos or your navy O.I. shirt/polo.
Will I be fed? Snacks and water will be available, individuals who work a full day (AM & PM shift) will be receive a lunch.
How do I sign up? Please use the following link to sign up for both Tall Ship Festival training and shifts: http://signup.com/go/1S6syZ 

Questions or concerns?
Please contact James Ibelle at volunteers@oceaninstitute.org 
…wait, who is James?

Our New Volunteer Specialist!

Over the last few weeks, you’ve likely received a few emails from or even met the Ocean Institute’s new Volunteer Specialist, James. Moving forward, he will be your primary contact for all volunteer related communications, questions, and/or concerns. Don’t worry, you will still see Andrea around campus as our Weekend Manager!

A bit about our new Specialist:
James began his journey with the Ocean Institute as an Outdoor Education Instructor in January 2018 and has been slowly transitioning into his new role. He is wrapping up his Bachelor’s in Communications at Colorado State University (online), and presently possess Associate Degrees in Psychology and Sociology. Our new Specialist comes from a seasoned background with experience in realms of customer service, organizational leadership, and volunteerism. That’s right, James is a volunteer himself! James has been volunteering with Orange County Parks as a Park Ranger over the last three years. Please join us in welcoming our new Volunteer Specialist and say hello when you see him around campus!

“Everyone who elects to spend their time at the Ocean Institute shares a collective commitment to inspire others to learn, and I take great pride in belonging to an organization such as this. I’m thrilled to be here and am looking forward to working with you all!” – James

For your records, please take note of James’ contact information -
Email: volunteers@oceaninstitute.org
Phone: 949.496.2274 X 363

Waterman’s 29th Annual Celebration at the Ranch

The Ranch at Laguna Beach is in need of volunteers for their 29th Annual Waterman’s Celebration. This event provides essential funding for ocean preservation and environmental restoration and would not be possible without the assistance of volunteers!

Waterman’s 29th Annual Celebration
Saturday, August 4th 
3:25 pm to 10:00 pm
Shift Description: assist in the facilitation of the event, more details pending. 
Special Note* Dinner will be provided for those who lend assistance (Chipotle burritos, chips and beverages)

For more information please refer to the attached PDF.
If you are able to provide assistance please contact Hannah Brown at hannah@anonymousllc.com.