Fort Fisher Teen Volunteers

Looking for a fun, exciting place to volunteer? Want to share your passion and enthusiasm for marine biology with others? High school students ages 14-17 are encouraged to apply for the Teen Volunteer program at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

Teen Volunteers train with Aquarium staff to learn about our unique animals and exhibits. After training, students educate visitors from all over the world at our two touch pools, bald eagle exhibit and loggerhead sea turtle exhibit. Students wishing to complete their senior project at the Aquarium and be assigned a mentor must be a current volunteer, or must apply and be accepted to volunteer in our teen volunteer program.

Teen ocean stewards program

This new program, focused on environmental conservation and stewardship, is perfect for teens who want to take action to protect the environment. Ocean Stewards will meet monthly throughout the 2017-2018 school year to explore the outdoors and engage in stewardship activities to conserve coastal habitats. Monthly in person excursions will take place the first Saturday each month from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and monthly Google Hangouts will take place the third Sunday each month from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. This program runs from September 2017 through April 2018, with our first meet-up on Saturday, September 9th, 2017.

We are no longer accepting applications for our 2017 program.

year-round program
Students involved in the year-round program are expected to volunteer 8 hours/month for 6 consecutive months, yet have the flexibility of creating their own schedule. This program is recommended for those with busy school, work or sports schedules, out-of-town students, and local students seeking year-round volunteer opportunities.

Apply for the year-round program Apply for the Teen Volunteer program scholarship

Summer program

Students involved in the summer program commit to 8 hours/week from June to August. Volunteers have a consistent schedule, set by Aquarium staff, of two weekly shifts. The summer program is recommended for local students seeking summer volunteer opportunities. Apply by April 18! Training for the 2018 Summer program will take place on Saturdays, May 12 and May 19.

Please contact Teen Programs Coordinator Marissa Blackburn at or (910) 772-0508 for questions regarding the Teen Volunteer programs.

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