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 Information

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.