ROV Instructor Volunteer

Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) are underwater robots that enable researchers and industry professionals to visually assess underwater areas that were once unreachable or too dangerous for human access.

When classes come to participate in our ROV Engineer and Explore Program, students learn to collaborate in teams to design and build an ROV to complete specific missions. They also have the chance to steer a professional grade ROV to observe and explore the underwater environment. Students engage with engineering practices, learn how technology can help us observe and protect the Great Lakes, and gain exposure to career paths in marine technology and freshwater protection.

ROV Volunteer Instructors are needed for helping guide our ROV programs. These programs are shorter than Schoolship and take place dockside, rather than out on the water.

As an ROV Instructor, you will:

  • Support participants in designing and building ROVs through inquiry based questions.
  • Learn how to operate a professional ROV.
  • Support participants in navigating a series of ROV challenges.
  • Teach about the importance of ROVs in Great Lakes research and protection.

If you are interested in becoming an ROV Volunteer Instructor or have any questions, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Rachel Ratliff at (231) 271-3077 ext. 106 or

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