Junior Volunteers, Job Shadowing & Senior Projects

Summer Junior Volunteer Program

Interested in a summer of fun and learning? The Aquarium invites high school students ages 15-18 interested in marine biology and aquatic science to apply for the Summer Junior Volunteer Program.

Junior volunteers work closely with Aquarium Educators and experienced volunteers as exhibit interpreters at the Tidal Touch Pool and the Skate and Ray Encounters touch pool. Using Discovery Carts with hands-on bio-facts, Junior Volunteers bring exhibits to life for the Aquarium’s many visitors.

The Junior Volunteer Program gives students an opportunity to explore careers in marine biology and environmental science. During the summer, teens go on field trips to local aquatic attractions and have a chance 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 a minimum of six hours per week for five weeks. Please complete an application and return it to the Volunteer Coordinator. The deadline for the 2014 program is May 1.

Download Summer 2014 Junior Volunteer Information
Download Summer 2014 Junior Volunteer Application 

Please call the Volunteer Coordinator Chris Carlin at 252-247-4003, ext. 286, for more information.

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 Guidelines and Application

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.