Roanoke Island Volunteer

Roanoke Island Volunteer


Engage and inspire


Share your knowledge of marine life by volunteering at the Aquarium, while learning from education and husbandry professionals. Whether you would like to learn about local wildlife, improve your diving skills, or simply contribute to your community, our volunteer program has something for you! Before completing the Volunteer Application, please review the available volunteer positions.

 You must be 14 or older to volunteer with us, please check each position for more details.


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Volunteer Positions

New Positions: If you would like to help pioneer a position or if you have a special skill, you think we could use let us know by reaching out to the Volunteer Coordinator!

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. 

Horticulture Volunteer (ages 16+)
(Not Currently Accepting Applications) 

Assists horticulture staff in taking care of the nursery and greenhouse including re-potting, watering, weeding and general upkeep.  Potential for assisting with outdoor landscape maintenance and Citizen Science projects.

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!

STAR Center Interpreter (ages 18+) 
Interacts with visitors in the STAR Center and answers questions about sea turtles. Volunteers should be interested in sea turtles and willing to engage with visitors while wearing a microphone.

STAR Center Caretaker (ages 18+) 
(Not Currently Accepting Applications) 

Works in the STAR Center performing routine care of sea turtles including cleaning tanks and feeding turtles. Volunteers should be able to interact with visitors while conducting routine care.  

Dive Operations (Must have Open Water Dive Certificate) 
(Not Currently Accepting Applications)

Interested divers need to attend volunteer orientation, and then turn in an application for Volunteer Diving at the Dive Office.  If qualified (divers must hold a nationally recognized open-water dive certification or above to apply) the dive team will schedule an interview.  After the interview candidates are required to pass an NCARI diver medical exam, complete a Divers Alert Network Diving First Aid for Professional Divers course at the NCARI, and pass NCARI’s watermanship and scuba diver skills assessment before aquarium commercial diver training can begin. Aquarium commercial diver assessments and training can take an estimated 20-30 hours to complete, before becoming a full-fledged volunteer diver. All dive equipment is provided. Volunteers assist with routine maintenance in our 285,000-gallon Graveyard of the Atlantic exhibit, assist with public education during dive presentations, and dive recreationally in the Graveyard of the Atlantic habitat.  

For more information about the volunteer program, call (252) 475-2335 or email [email protected]

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