Pine Knoll Shores Teen Volunteers

Pine Knoll Shores Teen Volunteers

Summer Junior Volunteer Program

program for rising 9th-12th graders

The 2022 Summer Junior Volunter Program is closed.
f you are interested in being placed on wait list for the 2023 year plase email [email protected]

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 the duration of 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.

Year-round Junior 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. 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 in our year-round volunteer program contact Volunteer Coordinator Aly Mack
[email protected] or call 252-247-4003 x286


Program for grades 7-10

The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium Teen Ambassador (ATA) program offers an excellent opportunity for seventh through tenth graders to learn about the diverse marine life along our coast. During this program, students will take an active role in becoming environmental stewards for their community.  

Aquarium Teen Ambassadors will meet twice a month on Saturdays (9 am-12 pm) October-May, at the Aquarium. The program focuses on marine and coastal ecology and will enhance participants' personal/professional developmental skills. All interested individuals (teen and parent/guardian) are required to attend our parent meeting on Saturday, September 3, from 10:00-11:00 am at the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores.  

This is a very highly sought-after program.  To ensure it operates at its highest quality, we limit the number of participants. If we exceed our cap for the program, we will use a lottery to select participants.   We do have other youth opportunities throughout the year that you can register for, if not selected, which will also be discussed during the parent meeting. 

Registration occurs the week following the interest meeting.  You will be contacted via phone by our registrar if selected. The fee for the entire program is $80.  If any of your students have concerns regarding this fee, please contact us. 

To get an estimate of how many people we may have at the parent meeting, you must RSVP for the meeting by August 29

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Kayla Hoopes ([email protected]) and Michelle Sinclair

Other PROGRAMs for Students

We have job shadow programs and select internships for students throughout the year. Follow the link for more student opportunities.

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