Pine Knoll Shores Teen Volunteers

Pine Knoll Shores Teen Volunteers

Summer Junior Volunteer Program

We are currently not accepting applications for this program but we hope to see you next year. Check back in Spring 2022 for next summers program
For more information on teen programs please contact Sarah Ferguson at [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.

For more information on teen programs please contact Sarah Ferguson at [email protected]

Year-round Junior Volunteer Program

Program for ages 14-17

We are currently not accepting applications for this program but we hope to see you next year. For more information about our teen programs please contact Sarah Ferguson at [email protected]

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.




Please check back for the 2022 session

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. This program is open to 7th through 12th graders, requires participation two Saturdays a month from October to May. Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Aly Mack [email protected] for more information on the program and how to register.  


Job Shadow Program

School-required Community service
Check Back for 2022 Dates

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 [email protected]

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