High School

Recruitment for summer 2019 is now closed.

Program Details

The Teen Conservation Leader 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. As a Teen Conservation Leader, students develop important job and life skills, build self-confidence and earn community service hours.

During their first summer, TCL students participate in the Guest Track. Students hone their interpretation skills and provide enriching guests experiences. Students become familiar with Aquarium stories and animals while sharing their passion for conservation. Applicants should have an interest in actively communicating with visitors of all ages and backgrounds.

Additional volunteer opportunities are available only to TCL volunteers who have participated in the summer program. These opportunities include assisting in special events at the Aquarium, supporting a variety of education programs, or interpreting exhibits for guests.

Requirements for Applying:

  • Grade level: Entering 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade next fall
  • Ages: At least 14 years old
  • 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

Important Dates:

Early January

Information meeting

January 27

Application and recommendation form due


Interviews by invitation only


Summer orientation

Early June

Mandatory two-week training

Mid-June – Early August

Summer program

How to Apply:

Recruitment for summer 2019 is now closed. Applications for summer 2020 will be available online January 2020.

For more information about TCL, email Teen Programs at teenprograms@mbayaq.org.