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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.

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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.


  • Have at least a 2.5 GPA
  • Be between the ages of 14 to 16
  • Complete an application
  • Participate in an interview process
  • If accepted, complete the required training and commit to regular volunteer shifts at the Aquarium of the Pacific

To Apply

To submit a complete application, you will need the following items: * A digital copy of your school transcripts * One Letter of Reference: The recommender should not be a person related to you. We recommend that you select someone who can speak to your interest in science or marine life. Feel free to have them write an individual statement. * 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.

Fall 2022

  • August 15: Applications Open
  • September 15: Applications Deadline
  • September 23, 24 and 25: Interviews (at the aquarium)
  • October 8 - 16: Training Week
  • October 22 - 23: Makeup Training
  • October 29 - December 18: Weekly shifts (Weekends only)
  • January 8 - Family Night (Program Completion Ceremony)


Thank you for your interest but we are not currently accepting applications. Please check back at a later date.

Staff pose with a sea lion on exhibit.

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.