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Are you ready to make a difference? The VolunTEEN program is for teen volunteers ages 14-16 who are interested in discovering more about ocean science, leadership, and conservation.

VolunTEENs create lifelong memories while building skills in science communication. Teens engage with guests about conservation and marine science during a 60 hour volunteer commitment on site at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Volunteering provides teens with insight into careers in marine biology, valuable work experience and an opportunity to connect with Aquarium Staff within a cohort of peers who share similar interests.

What do VolunTEENS do?

VolunTEENS are trained to interpret to our guests about the Aquarium, its inhabitants and ecosystem, focusing on experiential learning for guests. From carts educating guests on conservation issues to engaging at touch pool experiences, VolunTEENs gain confidence and public speaking skills while learning about marine life.


  • Be between the ages of 14 to 16
  • Complete an online application
  • Participate in an onsite interview process
  • If accepted, must complete mandatory trainings and commit to regular volunteer shifts at the Aquarium of the Pacific (60 hours)
    • Mandatory trainings include an online self-led training and one onsite training day
    • Session training dates listed below (must attend online and onsite training!)

Time Commitment:

The VolunTEEN program is a 60 hour program over a 10 week session (Fall, Spring, or Summer). VolunTEEN shift times are from 9:30am to 3:30pm.

  • Spring/Fall Session:
    • Weekends Only - Saturday/Sunday from 9:30 pm to 3:30 pm.
  • Summer Session:
    • 7 days a week - Monday - Sunday from 9:30 am to 3:30pm.

If accepted into the program, VolunTEENs will be assigned to ONE day a week (reoccurring day for duration of session).

VolunTEEN Programming 2024

Spring 2024

  • December 1, 2023: Applications Open
  • January 5: Applications Close
  • January 13 – 14: Interviews
  • January 20 – 21: Onsite Training
  • January 27 – 28: Self-guided online training
  • February 4 – April 7: Weekly Shifts (Weekends only) Please note, we will NOT have VolunTEEN shifts during Spring Break (3/23 – 3/31)
  • April 14: Family Night (Program Completion Ceremony)

Summer 2024

  • March 20: Applications Open
  • May 4: Applications Close
  • May 11, 12, 18, or 19: Interviews
  • May 26: Self-guided online training due
  • June 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, or 16: Onsite Training
  • June 22 – August 16: Weekly Shifts (7 days a week)
  • August 18: Family Night (Program Completion Ceremony)

Fall 2024

  • July 20: Applications Open
  • September 8: Applications Close
  • September 14 – 15: Interviews
  • September 21 – 22: Self-guided online Training
  • September 28 – 29: Onsite training
  • October 12 – December 8: Weekly Shifts (Weekends only)
    Please note, we will NOT have VolunTEEN shifts during Thanksgiving Break (11/23 – 11/24)
  • December 15: Family Night (Program Completion Ceremony)

To Apply

To submit a complete application, you will need the following items: A Short Personal Statement: Tell us in 300 to 400 words, why we should select you for this program. You should include personal attributes that will benefit the Aquarium and what you hope to gain from the experience. You are urged to be creative; let your personality show! Each of these items must be uploaded to your online application.


Volunteer Application

Volunteering at the Aquarium

The Aquarium owes much of its success to our dedicated and committed volunteer staff. You can be part of that story by joining our team in one of the many volunteer or intern programs that we offer throughout the Aquarium.