VOLUNTEER for the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Do you love the ocean? Are you interested in teaching others about the amazing creatures that live along the North Carolina Coast? If so, then volunteer at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher!
Volunteers are vital to the operation of all of the Aquarium's programs. From helping to teach the public to assisting with plant or animal care to diving in to clean an exhibit, we simply could not do it without them.
In addition, the Aquarium also occasionally offers internships for highly motivated students and career changers who are of college age and above.
Volunteers commit to a minimum of 8-10 hours each month for six months. Due to the training that is required for some departments, volunteers are encouraged to stay on for a full year. Education Volunteers
act as exhibit interpreters, educate through smart carts and presentations, and facilitate classroom crafts. Education volunteers must enjoy working with people! Excellent customer service skills are a must. Horticulture Volunteers
assist with plant care. Horticulture volunteers should have a basic knowledge of plant care and be willing to get wet and occasionally dirty. Certified Dive Volunteers
assist with routine cleaning and maintenance of exhibits. After training, some volunteers present popular education programs to audiences at our daily Dive Shows. Dive volunteers must be scuba-certified, in good health, and have proof of a recent physical. Potential divers must be at least 18 years of age and must successfully complete a swim test, an underwater skills test, and a husbandry practicum. Aquariology Volunteers
assist in general maintenance of both freshwater and saltwater exhibits. Aquariology Volunteers must be willing to get wet and dirty. Operations Volunteers
ensure both the facility and grounds are safe, clean, and in a pleasant condition. This includes helping with repairs, maintenance, modifications, and instillation of mechanical systems. Operations volunteers must be hard workers, dependable, and have experience in engineering and electrical work. Special Events Volunteers
assist with organizing, set up, and break down of big events including Trick or Treat Under the Sea, weddings, and receptions. Special Events volunteers must be physically able to work and lift some heavy materials.
Those interested in volunteering at the Aquarium must first complete a Volunteer Application Form and submit it to the Volunteer Coordinator. A list of orientation dates will then be forwarded to each applicant. All potential volunteers must attend one orientation. Orientations are the perfect time to find out what the aquarium is all about, meet aquarium staff, and learn more about our volunteer opportunities.
If you have any additional questions please contact the volunteer coordinator.