Updated: Monday, December 1, 2014

The current volunteer openings are listed below.

For more information, e-mail volunteers@mbayaq.org.


Animal Medical Complex Volunteer

We're currently accepting applications for a volunteer position in our Veterinary Services Department. The volunteer will assist the director of veterinary services and the registered veterinary technician with the routine maintenance of the Animal Medical Complex and provide support for the medical care of the living collection. Duties will include cleaning and disinfecting equipment and treatment areas, assisting with procedure set-up and break-down, and assisting with data entry and record-keeping projects. The volunteer will have opportunities to observe medical procedures on a variety of species.


Working in the Veterinary Services Department can be very demanding, both physically and emotionally, especially given the sensitive nature of some procedures, and their outcomes. Volunteers must understand and support the decisions made by staff regarding animal care.

Candidates that are actively pursuing registered veterinary technician (RVT) or Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) education or have had prior experience working in a veterinary medical setting are preferred. Please note this is not an RVT or DVM internship position; we are seeking volunteer candidates only. The minimum age to volunteer for this position is 18 years old.

Length of Time Commitment

The volunteer will work approximately 8 to 12 hours per week, split between two days, for the duration of four months. Shifts are available at the following times:

  • Tuesday: 8 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 8 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • Thursday: 8 a.m.–1 p.m.

Applicants must complete an online application. We also ask that applicants submit a cover letter or brief resume detailing their education background and any previous veterinary experience via e-mail to volunteers@mbayaq.org. Applicants will then be contacted and sent a more detailed description of this volunteer position. Please note there is an interview and matching process that will also take place to determine the best candidate for the position.

If you're interested in applying for the Animal Medical Complex Volunteer position, please complete our Husbandry Volunteer Application Form.

Aquarium Adventures

Seashore Sleepover Volunteer

We're looking to recruit a number of volunteers to assist staff with camp-in sleepover events inside the Aquarium. There are 12 sleepover events per year held on Friday and Saturday evenings. There may be periodic events held on other days of the week. Volunteers are not required to help with every sleepover but regularly assist with camp-in events approximately one time per month.

Sleepover volunteers assist with the set-up and check-in of groups and coordination of camp-in activities. Volunteers may also stay overnight assisting staff with activities, snack time and the pack-up/exit of the Aquarium.


We're looking for enthusiastic candidates that are comfortable greeting and interacting with people and groups of all ages, and are excited to learn about and share marine science with diverse audiences. Standing and walking around the Aquarium is required for the position. There may be some lifting and carrying of light materials, including camping gear.

Length of Time Commitment

There are two schedules for sleepover volunteers:

  • 6 p.m.–9 a.m. if the volunteer stays overnight (this includes a large break for sleeping inside the Aquarium; a typical volunteer shift is 6 to 8 hours)
  • 6 p.m.–10 p.m. if the volunteer does not stay overnight

Please note there is an application and interview process. Volunteers must also complete a Live Scan fingerprint and background check prior to being accepted for the position.

If you're interested in applying to become a Seashore Sleepover Volunteer, please complete our Volunteer Application Form.