What do you know about coastal creatures or deep-sea digs? What would you like to know? By volunteering at the Aquarium you get the chance to share your knowledge, while learning from education professionals, or go behind the scenes and learn from husbandry professionals as you assist them with a wide range of tasks.

Whether you’d like to learn more about local wildlife, hone your diving skills, or simply contribute to your community the Aquarium’s volunteer program has something for you!

Volunteers are typically asked to commit to 2-4 hours per week for a minimum of one year, though seasonal opportunities and flexible scheduling are possible. All training and materials are provided and applicants must be hard working, reliable and customer-service oriented.

All volunteers start their experience with Aquarium orientation, offered monthly at the Aquarium. Through the orientation you’ll learn more about the Aquarium’s exhibits, its history, and volunteer benefits and responsibilities. Finally, you’ll make a choice about the right volunteer position for you!

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Open Volunteer Positions

Touch Tank Interpreter - Provides interpretive information about the touch tank animals while encouraging proper handling. Provides answers to common beachcombing and marine science questions. These individuals should be outgoing and willing to engage with visitors to the Aquarium.

Weekend Warrior – Works on Saturdays and Sundays at the Touch Tank, for Special Events, and with Discovery Carts. Volunteers should be outgoing, self-starters who are willing to engage with visitors. This is a critical need for the Aquarium and special appreciation is given.

Horticulture Assistant – Assists horticulture staff with various indoor and outdoor activities including watering of exhibit plants, re-potting, landscape maintenance, plant propagation and setting new plants. Assists with special events such as the annual Native Plant Sale.

Special Events – Helps with classes and 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. All materials and training are provided.

Discovery Cart Volunteer – Discovery carts are hands-on, portable education stations. Volunteers encourage visitors to touch items and ask questions. Volunteers should be outgoing and willing to engage with visitors to the Aquarium.

Dive Show Interpreter – Provides facilitation of the Dive Show in front of the Grave Yard of the Atlantic exhibit. Works with visitors and divers to provide answers to common questions about the exhibit and the animals. These individuals should be outgoing and willing to engage with visitors in a presentation format.

STAR Center Interpreter – Works with visitors in the STAR Center to answer questions and engage visitors with sea turtle information. Volunteers should be interested in sea turtles and willing to engage with visitors while wearing a mike.

STAR Center Caretaker – Works in the STAR Center performing routine care of sea turtles including cleaning tanks and feeding turtles. Volunteers should be interested in sea turtles; all materials and training are provided.

Dive Operations – Temporarily suspended, please check back in the spring when the program resumes.

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

Unpaid Internships

Unpaid Internships allow qualified students to explore their interests and gain practical work experience. Unpaid Internships are available throughout the year to interested students and recent graduates over 18 years of age who are seeking practical work experience. Multiple Internships may be available in each department; each department has specific needs and requirements. Qualified individuals are assigned to specific projects working alongside experienced Aquarium staff. The intern will gain real experience and get the opportunity to find out how the aquarium industry really works, and learn what it takes to be successful in that field. You will also be able to get valuable references for your résumé and future job applications.

Interns are an integral part of our staff and assist with all aspects of aquarium operations. Unpaid Internships, although without financial compensation, have real duties and responsibilities that are assigned and evaluated. Prior knowledge is not necessarily required. All Interns are expected to commit to a regular schedule each week, for a specific amount of time. Schedules are agreed upon in advance and flexible to some extent, depending on the supervising department.

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Volunteer Newsletter

One of the perks of being an Aquarium Volunteer is our monthly newsletter. Whether you enjoy it in the break lounge with the staff, at home on the couch or even contribute a column yourself we hope you find it engaging and informative.

October 2015

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May 2015

April 2015