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.

Puget Sound: We Love You Beach Cleanup

Youth Ocean Advocates volunteer their time, talents and passion in support of the Aquarium’s mission: Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment. We’re looking for passionate young people who have an interest in learning about the ocean and will work to inspire others to take conservation action.

As a Youth Ocean Advocate, you will:

  • Learn about the marine environment, conservation and advocacy techniques.
  • Teach the public about the marine environment and its inhabitants, as well as about actions people can take to protect the ocean—by educating Aquarium visitors and creating content for our social media campaign.
  • Participate in conservation projects like beach cleanups, tree plantings and citizen science.
  • And much more!

If accepted as a Youth Ocean Advocate, you’ll join a group of over 140 teen volunteers from across the Puget Sound region. The initial volunteer commitment will be for either a school year or a summer. School-year volunteers participate in a minimum of three volunteer activities each month. Summer volunteers complete a minimum of 20 volunteer activities over the course of the summer. Volunteer activities vary in length from three to five hours. After completing your initial volunteer commitment, you may choose to remain a Youth Ocean Advocate volunteer until the summer after your senior year in high school.

Requirements and orientation

Youth Ocean Advocates must be enrolled in grades 9–12 in a high school, Running Start or homeschool program at time of application.

We have a limited number of positions to fill each school year and summer. Potential Youth Ocean Advocates must attend one of our orientation sessions. At orientation, you’ll receive an application to fill out and return to the Aquarium. From the applicant pool, we’ll select individuals to interview for the program. Positions are filled based upon the applicant’s interview performance and application.

Orientations for our school year session will take place on Thursday, September 22 from 6pm to 7pm and Saturday, September 24 from 11am to noon. You only need to attend one orientation to be considered for the school year session. Please reserve your spot for the orientation you plan to attend by emailing


Accepted applicants are required to attend an initial training series, composed of four sessions in their entirety. Accepted applicants will choose which series of trainings to attend.

School year training dates coming soon.

Training series A:

  • Monday, May 9 from 5pm to 8pm
  • Saturday, May 14 from 10am to 3pm
  • Saturday, May 21 from 10am to 3pm
  • Saturday, June 18 from 10am to 3pm

Training series B:

  • Wednesday, May 18 from 5pm to 8pm
  • Sunday, May 22 from 10am to 3pm
  • Sunday, June 5 from 10am to 3pm
  • Sunday, June 12 from 10am to 3pm

If you have specific questions about the Youth Ocean Advocates program, please contact us at We hope to meet you at an upcoming orientation!

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.

For more information on the Creativity Inspiring Conservation program, visit To be added to the mailing list to receive applications, email


If you have any questions about the High School Volunteer Program at the Seattle Aquarium, don't hesitate to contact our staff at  We're happy to answer any questions you may have.