Youth Ocean Advocates

Youth Ocean Advocates use their time, talents, and passion to conserve our marine environment. Discover the variety of ways you can become involved as a Youth Ocean Advocate at the Seattle Aquarium below.

Youth Interpreters
Youth Campaign
Creativity Inspiring Conservation Youth Artists

Youth Interpreters at the Seattle Aquarium

Youth Interpreters

Youth Interpreters inspire conservation by educating our visitors about our animals and marine environment. The Seattle Aquarium offers two sessions per year, school year and summer, and volunteers commit to serve a minimum of approximately 100 hours during one of them.

Youth Interpreters receive an initial training on marine science topics, conservation and communication skills. Following training, interpreters are deployed throughout the Aquarium to provide amazing learning experiences for our guests.

You might be a good fit for the Youth Interpreter position if you’re passionate about the marine environment, enjoy learning about marine science and enjoy sharing knowledge with others. Youth Interpreter requirements:

  • Youth must be a current freshman, sophomore, junior or senior in high school to apply.
  • Commit to at least 100 hours of service to the Aquarium during a session.
    • School-year session runs November through June.
      • Work a minimum of three five-hour shifts per month each month.
    • Summer session runs June through September
      • Volunteer a minimum of two five-hour shifts per week each week (limited vacation permitted).
  • Participate in all trainings.

We have a limited number of positions to fill each school year and summer. Acceptance to the program is based upon application and interview performance. To apply:

  • Applicants must attend one of our orientation dates. At orientation, you’ll receive an application, which must be filled out and returned to the Aquarium.
  • From the applicant pool, we’ll select individuals to come an interview for Youth Interpreter positions.
  • Youth Interpreter positions are filled based upon interview performance and application score.

Our orientations for the upcoming school year session take place on:

  • Tuesday, September 30 from 6pm to 7pm at the Seattle Aquarium
  • Sunday, October 5 from 3pm to 4pm at the Seattle Aquarium

If selected for the volunteer program, you must attend all of the training dates in one of the cohorts.


Cohort I

Monday, November 17 from 5pm to 8pm

Saturday, November 22 from 10am to 3pm

Saturday, December 13 from 10am to 3pm

Saturday, December 20 from 10am to 3pm


Cohort II

Wednesday, November 19 from 5pm to 8pm

Sunday, November 23 from 10am to 3pm

Sunday, December 7 from 10am to 3pm

Sunday, December 14 from 10am to 3pm


To reserve your place at orientation, or if you have specific questions about the program, please email aquateens@seattleaquarium.org.

Puget Sound: We Love You Beach Cleanup

Puget Sound: We Love You Campaign Members

Youth Campaign Members manage the Puget Sound: We Love You campaign, a youth-run effort to inspire love and conservation of Puget Sound. PS: We Love You focuses on conservation grounded in science, and aims to involve the public by promoting understanding and appreciation of Puget Sound’s aquatic inhabitants. Check out our Facebook page to learn more.

PS: We Love You members creatively involve the community in marine conservation at a local level. Campaign members create and curate content for our blog, Twitter and Facebook page, organize and participate in conservation events, and explore other opportunities for community-based conservation. If you are a self-starter, work well within a team, and are motivated to improve the health of Puget Sound, attend an upcoming orientation to receive an application. Prospective members must be in grades 10-12 at time of application.

Campaign members meet weekly to plan events, create social media content, and participate in continuing education with Aquarium staff and guest instructors. The campaign also takes frequent field trips to scientific and educational facilities, beaches and watersheds, and for conservation and restoration events.

Our next orientations will take place on:

  • Tuesday, September 30 from 6pm to 7pm at the Seattle Aquarium
  • Sunday, October 5 from 3pm to 4pm at the Seattle Aquarium

To reserve your place at orientation, or if you have specific questions about the program, please email aquateens@seattleaquarium.org.

Creativity Inspiring Conservation Youth Artists

Creativity Inspiring Conservation Youth Artists

Creativity Inspiring Conservation partners youth artists with professional mentors to create works of art that inspire conservation of our marine environment. To apply, youth artists should be in grades 9 through 12, have previous art experience, and be available to attend 4–6 classes at the Aquarium on weekends and weeknights.

Applications for youth artists will be available in spring of 2014. For more information on the Creativity Inspiring Conservation program, visit SeattleAquarium.org/creativity. To be added to the mailing list to receive applications, email k.burnley@seattleaquarium.org.

Questions?

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.