Roanoke Island Volunteer

Upcoming Orientations

Tuesday, April 25th 11 a.m.-Noon
Sunday, May 7th 2-3 p.m.
Tuesday, May 23rd 2-3 p.m.
Interested in attending? Please fill out and submit the Volunteer Application found below and RSVP to kate.davison@ncaquariums.com.


Engage and inspire

What do you know about coastal creatures? Share your knowledge by volunteering at the Aquarium, while learning from education and husbandry professionals. Whether you’d like to learn about local wildlife, hone your diving skills, or simply contribute to your community, our volunteer program has something for you! Before completing the Volunteer Application please review the available volunteer positions. Be sure to include any and all skills, knowledge and motivations on your application. You must be 16 or older to be an Aquarium volunteer and 18 or older to volunteer in the STAR Center. 

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Volunteer Positions

New Positions: We’re interested in adding new volunteer positions to our program, including Nature Play Attendants and Citizen Science Data Gatherers. If you would like to help pioneer a position or if you have a special skill you think we could use let us know!

Touch Tank Interpreter
Provides interpretive information about the touch tank animals while encouraging visitors to follow handling rules. Answers common beachcombing and marine science questions.
Horticulture Assistant
Assists horticulture staff with various indoor and outdoor activities including watering of exhibit plants, re-potting, and landscape maintenance.
Special Events Volunteer
Helps with activities such as fish printing or nautical wreath making. May assist Aquarium visitors at craft tables during special events. May help behind the scenes with administrative tasks and event preparation.
Discovery Cart Volunteer
Discovery carts are hands-on, portable education stations. Volunteers encourage visitors to touch items and ask questions.

STAR Center Interpreter
Interacts with visitors in the STAR Center and answers questions about sea turtles. Volunteers should be interested in sea turtles and willing to engage with visitors while wearing a microphone.
STAR Center Caretaker
Works in the STAR Center performing routine care of sea turtles including cleaning tanks and feeding turtles.
Dive Operations
National open-water dive certification, a diver physical and dive accident insurance are required. Interested divers need to attend volunteer orientation and then set up an interview with the Dive Safety Officer and Volunteer Coordinator. Thirty+ hours of training are required to become a full-fledged volunteer diver. Equipment is provided. Volunteers assist with routine maintenance in our 285,000-gallon Graveyard of the Atlantic exhibit, assist with public education during dive presentations, and dive recreationally in the Graveyard of the Atlantic exhibit.

For more information about the volunteer program, email our Volunteer Coordinator at kate.davison@ncaquariums.com or call (252) 475-2335.

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