These are opportunities can be offered as year-round or seasonal commitments.
Touch Pool Interpreter (ages 14+)
Provides interpretive information about the touch pool animals while encouraging visitors to follow handling rules. Discusses common beachcombing and marine science questions.
Discovery Cart Volunteer (ages 14+)
Discovery carts are hands-on, portable education stations, to encourage guests to explore topics related to animals and ecosystems of North Carolina. Currently our Discovery Cart Interpreters will be located outside in the courtyard and through the exhibit space. Topics may include Sea Turtles, Sharks, Carnivorous Plants, Alligators, River Otters, and more!
Visitor Services Attendant (ages 14+)
Visitors Services Attendant will be located at the Visitor Services Desk in the Lobby and will welcome visitors as they enter through the aquarium. This station will help to orient visitors to the exhibit spaces and bathrooms, discuss daily programs, and more!
Community Science (ages 16+) Community science projects utilize the observation powers of the public at large to collect data about the natural world that can be used by scientists. Plus, it is a fun way to get outside, hone your observation skills, and learn more about the nature in your own "backyard." Our projects at the aquarium focus on collecting observations about what wildlife are using our gardens and grounds. Most of our projects focus on pollinator observation (butterflies, bees, etc.), but also include other invertebrates, birds, mammals, reptiles, and even fungi! No previous experience is required, and time commitment can be as little as 30 mins/week...though more is welcome and appreciated! Comfort with using smartphones and/or tablets for photography, and with uploading data to internet sites (such as inaturalist.com) is helpful.
Special Summer Opportunity
Youth Naturalist - Camp Assistant (ages 14+)
Check back Spring of 2023 to learn more about this opportunity.
The Youth Naturalist is a summer teen volunteer program that helps develop personal and professional life skills for students interested in summer camp, outdoor environmental education, science, and more. Volunteer as a summer camp assistant, working with our Special Activities education staff helping campers with crafts, games, and activities at the Aquarium for at least 2 weeks over the summer. Activities and crafts may include, fishing, tie-dye, kayaking, fish printing, ecological field trips, crabbing, snack time, outdoor games, investigation labs, and more!
For more information about the volunteer program, call (252) 475-2335 or email [email protected]