Teen Volunteers

Teen Volunteers

Looking for a fun, exciting place to volunteer? Want to share your passion and enthusiasm for marine biology with others? High school students ages 14-17 are encouraged to apply for the Teen Volunteer program at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

Teen Volunteers train with Aquarium staff to learn about the unique animals and habitats. After training, students engage with visitors from all over the world at the Coquina Outcrop touch pool, the loggerhead sea turtle conservation habitat and at Otters on the Edge. 

Students wishing to complete their senior project at the Aquarium and be assigned a mentor must be a current volunteer, or must apply and be accepted to volunteer in our teen volunteer program.


Students involved in the year-round program are expected to volunteer 8 hours/month for 6 consecutive months, yet have the flexibility of creating their own schedule. This program is recommended for those with busy school, work or sports schedules, out-of-town students, and local students seeking year-round volunteer opportunities.

Summer Teen Opportunities Full 

Thanks to overwhelming interest, registration for our Summer Teen Volunteer Program is full. If you are still interested in volunteering this summer, please complete the year-round teen volunteer application. Please reach out to Austin Conley, teen volunteer coordinator, NCAFF with any questions.


Students involved in the summer program commit to 8 hours/week from June 18 to August 7.  Volunteers have a consistent schedule, set by Aquarium staff, of two weekly shifts.  The summer program is recommended for local students seeking summer volunteer opportunities.  Registration open March 3 to May 5.

For questions about the Teen Volunteer Program, please contact Austin Conley or call (910) 772-0508.