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.
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. After you attend the online 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.
Our application period for summer 2022 is now closed. The next opportunity to join the YOA program will be in fall 2022 for our school-year session, which will run from January to June 2023, with volunteer opportunities available each weekend. Once the orientation dates are finalized, they will be posted here. If you would like to receive an email once the dates are set, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accepted applicants are required to attend an initial training series. Training consists of four to five dates, totaling around 20 hours. Check back here for summer session training dates once they are confirmed. Training dates and information will also be discussed during the orientation session.
If you have any questions about the high school volunteer program at the Seattle Aquarium, don't hesitate to contact our staff at email@example.com.
Seattle Aquarium Marine Science Club
The Seattle Aquarium is proud to host this free, online, drop-in club for teens in grades 9–12 who are interested in and passionate about marine conservation.