Junior Volunteers & Job Shadowing

Summer Junior Volunteer Program

Interested in a summer of fun and learning? The Aquarium invites high school students ages 14-17 interested in marine biology and aquatic science to apply for the Summer Junior Volunteer Program.

nca-pks-junior-volunteerJunior volunteers work closely with experienced volunteers as exhibit interpreters at the Tidal Touch Pool and the Skate and Ray Encounters touch pool as well as various Discovery Carts. With a gained knowledge of current conservation actions and “bio-facts,” junior volunteers bring exhibits to life for the Aquarium’s many visitors.

The Junior Volunteer Program gives students an opportunity to explore various fields of marine biology and environmental science. During the summer, the junior volunteers are encouraged to participate in field trips that further allow teens to be involved in the natural world, as well as opportunities to go behind the scenes and learn about animal husbandry and exhibit maintenance.

Junior Volunteers are selected through a competitive application and interview process. Applicants should be prepared to commit to the orientation and a minimum of six hours per week for six weeks (35 hours within their designated session). Please complete an application and return it to the Assistant Volunteer Coordinator. The deadline for the 2015 program is May 1.

 For questions, please contact Assistant Volunteer Coordinator April Vautrinot at 252-247-4003, ext. 258.


Job Shadowing

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

Download  job shadow application and guidelines

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.