Volunteer

Volunteers help keep us afloat.

As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, we can’t thank our volunteers enough for their tireless efforts in supporting the Aquarium. Our Volunteer Program is made up of 350+ diverse, enthusiastic individuals. We offer many different positions for volunteers, including engaging with our guests, behind the scenes, or in a traditional office setting.

Why Volunteer?

Volunteering is an opportunity to join a community of individuals that are passionate about conservation, education and hospitality. Our volunteers enjoy a rewarding experience and many benefits. If you are a student interested in volunteer opportunities, please click here.

Benefits
  • Interaction with visitors from around the country… and the world
  • Guest Passes
  • Free Parking during volunteer shifts
  • Recognition and award pins for hours worked
  • Access to the Aquarium library, field trips and ongoing education opportunities
  • 20% Aquarium Gift Shop Discount
  • Social gatherings at the Aquarium
  • First-hand look at behind-the-scenes operations
Milestones
  • 25 hours earns a name badge and back-of-house entry to the Aquarium
  • 50 hours earns an Individual Membership
  • 250 hours earns two complimentary Aquarium tickets
  • More than 250 hours earns 10% discount on a special event
  • 500 hours earns a star pin and 2 complimentary Aquarium tickets
  • 750 hours earns 2 complimentary Aquarium tickets
  • 1,000 hours earns a 500 hour star pin, 2 complimentary Aquarium tickets and a shark tooth pin presented at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Party
Description

To help with the maintenance of freshwater and saltwater exhibits including backup areas. Duties include food preparation, feeding fish and invertebrates, cleaning tanks, record keeping, general maintenance and special projects.

Qualifications

Must have prior animal care experience (home aquaria, pets, etc.); must be agile and able to lift 50 lbs; must be willing to get wet and handle fish, shrimp, squid, etc. to be used for food; must be willing to learn more about animal and tank care independently; must be able to stand for extended periods of time; must be able to keep meticulous records.

Requirements

In addition to general requirements, must complete additional training with Husbandry staff.

Commitment

Must be able to work at least one, four-hour shift each week for one year.

Description

Duties include preparing food for dives; helping to feed the animals and maintain exhibit tanks; help maintain backup areas and equipment; interacting with visitors to educate them about the animals and their ecosystems; and general help as needed upon request of the Life Support and/or Aquarist staff.

Qualifications

Must be 18 years of age, have advanced SCUBA certification or the equivalent and work well in a team-oriented environment.

Requirements

In addition to the general requirements, divers must complete the Aquarium diver certification program, which includes an “in-water” skills test and an apprenticeship with experienced divers.

Commitment

Must be able to work two, seven-hour shifts (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.) each month for one year.

Description

To serve as an Aquarium ambassador, including serving as exhibit interpreters for guests. Exhibit guides convey the theme of the Aquarium with special emphasis on fun, education and conservation messages throughout the facility.

Qualifications

Exhibit Guides must be outgoing and enjoy working with the public, as well as working with and handling animals. Patience, excellent verbal communication skills, flexibility, and a sense of humor are essential in this position.

Requirements

In addition to general requirements, volunteer exhibit guides must be eager to learn, prepared for on-the-job training and willing to attend additional training as required.

Commitment

Must be able to work at least one, four and a half hour shift per week or a minimum of one shift every other weekend for one year.

If you are a student interested in volunteer opportunities, please visit our students page for more information on our programs and internships.

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