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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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 Pool Interpreter
Provides interpretive information about the touch pool animals while encouraging visitors to follow handling rules. Answers common beachcombing and marine science questions.
Assists horticulture staff in taking care of the nursery including re-potting and watering exhibit stock plants and general upkeep. May also assist with outdoor landscape maintenance projects.
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.
Interested divers need to attend volunteer orientation, and then turn in an application for Volunteer Diving at the Dive Office. If qualified (divers must hold a nationally recognized open-water dive certification or above to apply) the dive team will schedule an interview. After the interview candidates are required to pass an NCARI diver medical exam, complete a Divers Alert Network Diving First Aid for Professional Divers course at the NCARI, and pass NCARI’s watermanship and scuba diver skills assessment before aquarium commercial diver training can begin. Aquarium commercial diver assessments and training can take an estimated 20-30 hours to complete, before becoming a full-fledged volunteer diver. All dive 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 habitat.
For more information about the volunteer program, call (252) 475-2335 or email [email protected].