Pine Knoll Shores Students

opportunities for students

Applications to all of these programs should be submitted at least six weeks prior to the preferred volunteer date. Please note that submitting an application for any of the high school volunteer programs does not guarantee acceptance. 

  • Interns get hands-on experience.
  • Interns get hands-on experience.
  • Interns get hands-on experience.
  • Junior Volunteers help with special events.
  • Junior Volunteers help at the Aquarium
  • 2016 Junior Volunteers
  • 2016 Education Interns
  • 2016 Husbandry Interns

Aquarium Teen Ambassador Program

Become an Advocate for the ocean

Through instructor-led group activities and hands-on experiences, participants in this program will learn about the diverse marine life along our coast and how to take an active role in protecting species and habitats. Teen Ambassadors, led by Aquarium staff, will meet twice a month for a program that will inspire a sense of wonder, while building and strengthening relationships with like-minded youth. This program focuses on leadership, public speaking, community service and presentation skills in a fun and exciting way. For more information please contact Volunteer Coordinator Aly Mack at 252-247-4003, x286 

• Open to rising 7th through 10th graders
• Two Saturdays a month from October to May
• Six to eight hours per month commitment
• Program fee is $80 by the time of registration


job shadowing & senior projects

 High school students who need volunteer hours for science classes or other requirements may contact the Volunteer Coordinator to request a job-shadowing experience. The Aquarium offers these opportunities during the school year only. For more information, contact Assistant Volunteer Coordinator Alyssa Knowlton at 252-247-4003, ext. 258.

Job Shadow

2019 Summer junior volunteer program

(2019 Application is Due April 30)

 The Summer Junior Volunteer Program is open to all high school students, ages 14-17, who are genuinely interested in marine biology, zoology, animal husbandry and environmental science. Those selected to participate in this program will have the opportunity to work with Aquarium staff and experienced volunteers in the Education Department. Junior volunteers work closely with experienced volunteers as habitat interpreters and at the invertebrate touch pools and ray touch pools, and at various Discovery Carts.  Throughout the duration of this program, there are opportunities to explore areas of personal interest. This program is designed to be fun, rewarding and interesting.

Junior Volunteers are selected through a competitive application and interview process. Applicants should be prepared to commit to the orientation and a minimum of eight hours per week for five weeks. To be eligible for an interview, the  Junior Volunteer Application and one reference must be submitted. The deadline for applications is April 30. There is $25 fee for this program, due upon acceptance by the orientation date.

Please submit your completed application and one reference to the Assistant Volunteer Coordinator Alyssa Knowlton. You can hand deliver the application and reference to the Aquarium or mail them to North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, 1 Roosevelt Blvd. Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512.  For questions, please contact Assistant Volunteer Coordinator Alyssa Knowlton at 252-247-4003, ext. 258.

JR Summer Program Application



The Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores junior year-round volunteer program is for teens ages 14-17 years old. Teens interested in the program must have completed either the Aquarium Teen Ambassador program or the Summer Junior Volunteer program.

Orientation is held once a month (on a weekend day) from September through March. Junior volunteers are responsible for educating visitors at touch pools, discovery carts, and the classroom. Please note, there are NO junior volunteer opportunities in husbandry, as husbandry volunteers are required to be at least 18 years old.

 If interested and eligible for this program, please fill out the application. Send completed applications to Assistant Volunteer Coordinator Alyssa Knowlton. Email: [email protected] Fax:252-247-0663 Regular Mail: 1 Roosevelt Blvd. Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512. You can also contact Alyssa at 252-247-4003 x258 We would love to have you as a part of our Aquarium family.

Year Round Application


A limited number of college internships in Education and Husbandry are available each year at the Aquarium. The deadline for summer positions is in early March. Check the Pine Knoll Shores section of the employment listings page for application guidelines.

The North Carolina Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office (NCYAIO) also sometimes offers internships at the Aquarium. The deadline each year is in mid-January. Interested students –  visit the NCYAIO website for qualifications, requirements and application information.

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