Pine Knoll Shores Students

Pine Knoll Shores Students

opportunities for students

Applications to all of these programs should be submitted at least six weeks before the preferred volunteer date. Please note that applying for any of the high school volunteer programs does not guarantee acceptance. Please read each section carefully as opportunities may be different this year. 


A limited number of college internships in Education and Husbandry are available each year at the Aquarium. The deadline for summer positions is in early March. Check the Pine Knoll Shores section of the employment listings page for application guidelines.

The North Carolina Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office (NCYAIO) also sometimes offers internships at the Aquarium. The deadline each year is in mid-January. Interested students –  visit the NCYAIO website for qualifications, requirements, and application information.

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  • Interns get hands-on experience.
  • Interns get hands-on experience.
  • Interns get hands-on experience.
  • Junior Volunteers help with special events.
  • Junior Volunteers help at the Aquarium
  • 2016 Junior Volunteers
  • 2016 Education Interns
  • 2016 Husbandry Interns



The 2020-2021 ATA session First Half is Virtual

Through instructor-led group activities and hands-on experiences, participants in this program will learn about the diverse marine life along our coast and how to take an active role in protecting species and habitats. Teen Ambassadors, led by Aquarium staff, will meet twice a month for a program that will inspire a sense of wonder while building and strengthening relationships with like-minded youth. This program focuses on leadership, public speaking, community service, and presentation skills in a fun and exciting way. 

• Open to 7th through 12th graders
• Two Saturdays a month from October to May
• Six to eight hours per month commitment
• Program fee is $80 by the time of registration

The first semester of the 2020-2021 Aquarium Teen Ambassador program will be conducted virtually via the Zoom meeting platform. Virtual meetings will occur twice a month, starting in October, and will be two and a half hours.  We hope to bring the participants onsite during the second semester, but that decision will be made at a later date.  If you are interested in participating in this program please contact Aly Mack at 252-247-4003 ext. 286 or by email [email protected] or Sarah Ferguson 252-247-4003 ext. 258 or by email [email protected]  

ATA Parent Letter


Job Shadow Program

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School-required Community service

Program runs October-May

The North Carolina Aquarium offers students in grades 9 – 12 the opportunity to fulfill the requirements for Senior Projects and other school-based community services through its job shadowing program.  The Aquarium offers job shadowing opportunities of either 8 or 15 hours during the school year, September-April.  Job shadowing is not available during the summer.   

In the course of a job shadow, a student receives a broad overview of Aquarium operations and exhibits.  Each student works with a variety of staff and volunteers in several different departments, including Education and Husbandry, learning about many different aspects of animal life and habitats.  We cannot tailor a job shadow to a student’s senior project topic. For more information please contact Volunteer Coordinator Aly Mack at 252-247-4003 x286

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Summer Junior Volunteer Program

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Interested in a summer of fun and learning? The Aquarium invites rising freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors in High School who are genuinely interested in marine biology, zoology, and environmental science to take part in our Summer Junior Volunteer Program. Those selected to participate in this program will have the opportunity to work alongside experienced volunteers as habitat interpreters and under the supervision of the Education Department. Throughout this program, the Aquarium encourages participation in additional opportunities that enable students to learn about the Aquarium and explore areas of personal interest.   This program is designed to be fun, rewarding, and interesting. Junior Volunteers must always adhere to the Aquarium standards for appearance and conduct.

To be eligible for an interview, the application and one reference must be submitted by the deadline.

We hope that participation in this program will provide the experience necessary for future education and employment opportunities in marine biology and aquatic science. Please note there is a $40 fee for this program due upon acceptance by the orientation date. If there are any further questions regarding the Junior Volunteer Program, please call the Volunteer Coordinator Aly Mack at (252) 247-4003, ext. 286.

Teens who volunteer will be trained to work at these four stations: stingray touch pool, invertebrate touch pool, classroom, and information discovery carts.  Please note there are opportunities for Junior Volunteers to go behind the scenes with staff, however, they will not be trained as husbandry/aquarist volunteers.  There are two Junior Volunteer Applications: one for returning junior volunteers and one for new junior volunteers. Be sure to fill out the correct application.

Application for New Junior Volunteers
Application for Returning Volunteers

Year-round JR Volunteer Program

Program for ages 14-17

The Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores' junior year-round volunteer program is for teens ages 14-17 years old. Teens interested in the program must have completed either the Aquarium Teen Ambassador program or the Summer Junior Volunteer program.

Orientation is held once a month (on a weekend day) from September through March. Junior volunteers are responsible for educating visitors at touch pools, discovery carts, and the classroom. ***Please note, there are NO junior volunteer opportunities in husbandry, as husbandry volunteers are required to be at least 18 years old.***

 If interested and eligible for this program, please fill out the application. Send completed applications to Volunteer Coordinator Aly Mack. Email: [email protected] Fax:252-247-0663 Regular Mail: 1 Roosevelt Blvd. Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512. You can also contact Aly at 252-247-4003 x.286 We would love to have you as a part of our Aquarium family.

Year-Round Junior Volunteer Program Application

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