High School


Recruitment for summer 2017 is now closed.

Program Details

The Teen Conservation Leader (TCL) program provides an important volunteer service to the Aquarium, our guests and our communities. During a fun and intensive two-week training at the beginning of the summer, students learn basic marine biology and ocean conservation. Upon completion of the training, students provide exhibit interpretation for our guests or support our summer camp programs. As a Teen Conservation Leader, students develop important job and life skills, build self-confidence and earn community service hours. Conservation experiences throughout the summer connect students with opportunities to better understand science and conservation in their local community.

Additional opportunities during the school year and summer are available only to TCL volunteers who have participated in the summer program. Students can assist in special events at the Aquarium, support a variety of education programs or interpret exhibits for guests. Students cultivate lasting relationships with their peers, adult volunteers and Aquarium staff. No matter which of these adventures students choose, they'll take home memories of a lifetime!

Requirements for applying:

  • Grade level: Be currently enrolled in high school or entering high school next fall
  • Ages: 14 or older
  • Demonstrate an eagerness to learn and to work with people of all ages and backgrounds
  • Be proficient in English and comfortable with science vocabulary
  • Volunteer for approximately eight-hour days as assigned
  • Be available to attend all important program dates, as listed below

Important dates:

  • Information meeting: early January
  • Application and Recommendation Form due: late January
  • Interviews: mid-March
  • Summer orientation: early May
  • Two-week training: early June
  • Summer conservation events: June to August

How to apply:

Applications for summer 2017 are now closed. Applications for summer 2018 will be available online January 2018.

For more information about TCL, e-mail Teen Programs at teenprograms@mbayaq.org.