Make a difference!

Make a world of difference for the waterways and wildlife you love by volunteering with the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. Volunteering at the Aquarium offers hands-on, feet-wet learning experiences, along with fun social opportunities. Help visitors explore the wonders of North Carolina’s waterways. Give children unforgettable experiences at Aquarium touch tanks. Participate in special events and activities year-round, and play a direct role in coastal conservation.

Dive in!
The Aquarium offers certified SCUBA divers a unique and rewarding way to volunteer.
Divers inside the 306,000-gallon Living Shipwreck exhibit converse with visitors about the many animals gliding around the three-quarter-size replica of a sunken WW II U-boat. Divers also assist with other in-water programs, as well as help care for the animals and maintain the exhibits. Download information on requirements to become a volunteer diver. Click here for more information and to request an application.

Volunteers assist in a variety of areas, from visitor education and exhibit interpretation to special events. They play key roles in the daily operation of the Aquarium and in its conservation efforts. As exhibit interpreters, they provide personalized, informal interpretation of the Aquarium’s aquatic life and habitats.

No prior experience is necessary, and anyone with an interest in North Carolina’s habitats and animals is encouraged to apply. Volunteers receive training in environmental education and animal handling. Flexible schedules are available. Additional benefits include free Aquarium admission, discounts at the Aquarium Gift Shop and on Special Activities. Click here for more information and to request an application.

Positions for volunteers ages 18 and older include the following. For programs open to high school students, click here.

Information Desk Assistant
Touch Tank Interpreter
Discovery Cart and Gallery Interpreter
Classroom Assistant

Download more on the application process. Download the volunteer application here!

To learn more about volunteering with the Aquarium, contact Volunteer Coordinator Chris Carlin at 252-247-4003.

Current volunteers — sign in here: Volunteer Information Center

Are you a high school student?

Does your idea for a senior project include the Aquarium?  Would you like some summer experience in marine biology? Want to see what’s all in a day’s work at the Aquarium? Check out the Junior Volunteer Program and job shadowing for high school students.

College students — Are you coming to the beach this summer?

Share your love of animals with others and help spread the Aquarium’s conservation message while gaining valuable experience working in an aquarium setting. The Aquarium invites college students who are spending part or all of the summer at the Crystal Coast to join our volunteer team. No experience is necessary. We provide the training you need to be an exhibit interpreter. Flexible schedules are available.

Contact Volunteer Coordinator Chris Carlin at 252-247-4003, ext. 286.