Updated: Thursday, January 8, 2015

The current volunteer openings are listed below.

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

Aquarium Guide

Seasonal Volunteer Guide

Become a Seasonal Volunteer Guide and share the Aquarium's mission to inspire conservation of the oceans. As a Seasonal Volunteer Guide, you'll explore and share the ocean and Aquarium exhibits with our guests.


Seasonal Volunteer Guides stand at various exhibits throughout the Aquarium on a four-hour shift per week or five-hour shift every other weekend. Guides handle live animals and plants in cold water touch pools and should be able to communicate effectively with large and small groups. Guides interact with multicultural and multilingual guests in a respectful and engaging manner. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

Length of Time Commitment

Four months of regular volunteering (once per week on weekdays or once every other weekend) is required. We encourage new volunteers joining our program to commit to one year or more of volunteering to experience all the Aquarium Guide program has to offer. Initially, new volunteers joining the program will focus on learning key exhibits and then add to their knowledge banks by completing additional training.

Recruitment for the Aquarium Guide program will be open through March 21, 2015. Please note there is an application, interview and training process. After submitting an application, we ask that all applicants attend an information and interview session on Tuesday, March 17 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. or on Saturday, March 21 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Aquarium Auditorium. We also ask that applicants attend three evenings of mandatory training on April 13, 16 and 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. Following training, volunteers will be scheduled to immediately begin shifts and complete additional on-the-job training during their shifts.

If you're interested in becoming a Seasonal Volunteer Guide, please complete our Volunteer Guide Program Application.


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.