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.  

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!  

Husbandry: Food Prep Team (ages 18+) 

Food Prep Team helps us prepare diets for our animals! This position includes, but is not limited to cutting up fish, squid, shrimp, and more, along with sorting diets for each habitat. Due to daily schedules and needs, this position is only offered Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in the morning. 

Horticulture Nursery Volunteer (ages 16+)
(Not Currently Accepting applications)
The Horticulture Team is responsible for growing plants for in the indoor wetlands habitat, as well as maintaining outdoor garden habitats and landscaped areas of the property. Volunteers assist horticulture staff in taking care of the nursery and greenhouse including re-potting, watering, weeding, and general upkeep. Assistance with seasonal outdoor landscape maintenance & Citizen Science projects may be possible. 

STAR Center Interpreter (ages 18+)
(Not Currently Accepting Applications)
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 (ages 16+) 
(Not Currently Accepting Applications)

Interested divers must 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 diver certification or above to apply), the dive team will schedule an interview.  After the interview, candidates are required to pass an NCA Dive Medical Exam, complete a Divers Alert Network CPR for Health Care Providers course or Diving First Aid for Professional Divers course at the NCARI (or have an equivalent and current CPR and First Aid Certification), and pass NCARI scuba diver checkout dives. Once these steps are completed, training as an Aquarium Volunteer Diver can begin. The process of becoming an NCARI Volunteer Diver is estimated to take 20-30 hours to complete. All standard dive equipment is provided, aside from a bathing suit, towel, and shower supplies. NCARI Volunteer Divers assist with a mixture of routine habitat maintenance, public engagement, and educational presentations while scuba diving in our 285,000-gallon Graveyard of the Atlantic habitat. 

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

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