High School Volunteer Program
Students in their sophomore through senior year with a deep interest in marine science, conservation or education should apply to join the High School Volunteer Program. High school volunteers inspire conservation of the marine environment through engaging guests in conversation, presenting information on our animals and exhibits, and encouraging guests to consider their role in the environment.
Students are selected for the High School Volunteer Program based upon their application and interview performance. Once accepted, we provide training on marine science and aquarium operations, education, public speaking, and much more. Following training, volunteers work throughout the aquarium in the exhibits. High school volunteers do not work directly with the animals.
To fit student’s busy schedules, we have two sessions each year. We ask that students commit to at least one full session. Following the session, volunteers may choose to reapply to continue their volunteerism at the aquarium.
School Year Session
New students for the school year session volunteer a minimum of three 5 hour shifts per month between December and June on the weekends and select weekdays during school breaks (Winter, Mid-Winter, and Spring Breaks).
Orientation for the school year session takes place in October, with applications due in late October/early November. Interviews take place in November. For those that are accepted, training takes place in early December, with shifts beginning mid to late December. The last shifts of this session take place the first or second weekend of June.
New students for the summer session volunteer 20 five hour shifts through the summer, averaging 2-3 shifts per week between the end of June and end of August. Shifts are available seven days a week during the summer.
Orientation for the summer session takes place in March, with applications due in late March/early April. Interviews take place in April. For those that are accepted, training takes place in early May, with shifts beginning in late June. The session ends in late August.
Informational orientations for the summer 2013 session will take place at the Seattle Aquarium on Sunday, March 31 from 3pm to 4:30pm and Wednesday, April 3 from 6pm to 7:30pm. Potential volunteers must attend one of the orientations to be considered for the summer session and to receive an application.
Applicants must be in 10, 11 or 12 grade at the time of application. To reserve your spot for one of the orientations, please email email@example.com.
If accepted to the summer session of the High School Volunteer Program, new volunteers must attend training. Training dates will be announced soon.
If you have any questions about the High School Volunteer Program at the Seattle Aquarium, don't hesitate to contact our staff at firstname.lastname@example.org. We're happy to answer any questions you may have.
Puget Sound: We Love You
Looking for short term or conservation based volunteer and service learning opportunities for students of all ages?
If so, check out the Puget Sound: We Love You facebook page!
Puget Sound: We Love You is a youth-led campaign designed to promote appreciation and conservation of Puget Sound. Our facebook page - which is managed by High School students - has a wide variety of content, including:
- Fun information on Puget Sound and the animals that inhabit our waters
- Photographs of Puget Sound, local marine animals, and important conservation work
- Actions you can take in your own life to protect and conserve Puget Sound
- Links to volunteer and service learning events specifically for young people
"Like" the Puget Sound: We Love You facebook page so you can stay up to date on upcoming volunteer and service learning opportunities for students of all ages!