Heartfelt thanks from the bottom of Elliott Bay!

From the bottom of their cold-blooded hearts, the fish and marine creatures of Puget Sound thank you for your interest in sharing their stories and teaching people to protect them. The Seattle Aquarium couldn't do it without people like you.


Service levels reached in 2014

In 2014, 1,282 volunteers donated 100,846 hours of service to the Seattle Aquarium, representing a donated value of over $2.2 million toward our mission: Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment.

2014 volunteer hours
2014 volunteer years

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.

Summer Session

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.

Upcoming Orientations

Informational orientations for the 2013-14 school year session will take place at the Seattle Aquarium on Tuesday, October 8 from 6 to 7:30pm and Sunday, October 13 from 3 to 4:30pm. Potential volunteers must attend one of the orientations to be considered for the school year 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 aquateens@seattleaquarium.org.

Upcoming Trainings

If accepted to the school year session of the High School Volunteer Program, new volunteers must attend training. Accepted volunteers may select from one of the two cohorts below, and must complete each training scheduled for that cohort, in its entirety.

Cohort 1 Trainings
Monday, November 18, 5–8pm
Saturday, November 23, 8am–1pm
Sunday, November 24, 10am–3pm
Saturday, December 15, 10am–3pm

Cohort 2 Trainings
Tuesday, November 26, 5–8pm
Saturday, December 7, 8am–1pm
Sunday, December 8, 10am–3pm
Saturday, December 21, 10am–3pm


If you have any questions about the High School Volunteer Program at the Seattle Aquarium, don't hesitate to contact our staff at aquateens@seattleaquarium.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!

Creativity Inspiring Conservation

As part of the Seattle Aquarium’s mission, Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment, the Creativity Inspiring Conservation (CIC) program aims to empower youth to create awareness of environmental topics through artistic media. This program was made possible by a generous grant from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board. Learn more about this program and see some of the youth's projects here.