Georgia Aquarium Volunteers
Georgia Aquarium's volunteer team is comprised of more than 1,500 enthusiastic and extraordinary people who are passionate about aquatic life and conservation. Whether you have a talent for working with people or your strengths are in other areas, we can use your skills.
In return for your time, you’ll enjoy a unique volunteer experience. You will work in a fascinating environment with great people. You’ll also know you’re helping to create an aquarium experience that will entertain and educate millions of people each year. If you’re wondering how to give back to your community, this is the opportunity that you’ve been seeking!
We have several volunteer programs, each with their own additional benefits and opportunities.
Guest Services – welcoming guests and assisting them with directions and general information about the Aquarium.
Gallery Interpretation – engaging people from all ages and places in learning about aquatic life.
Activity Tables – getting our young guests involved in arts & crafts and older ones in conservation activities during their visit.
Education Programs – greeting and assisting with school field trip groups or children attending Camp H20.
We also have limited volunteer positions available behind the scenes, assisting staff with repairs, water quality tests, animal care, or cleaning exhibits from the inside (diving!). Note that volunteers must be 18 years old, volunteer at least 50 hours in the public area of the Aquarium, and complete any additional training required for their area of interest before interviewing to work behind the scenes. Some positions, such as diver, also require a volunteer to have outside certifications and experience.
- 16 years or older
- U.S. citizen, or hold a current work visa, student visa or green card
- Good communication and interpersonal skills
- Ability to pass a background check and provide contact information for two professional or academic references (If under age 18, provide two letters of recommendation from teachers, employers or community leaders)
- Ability to volunteer at least 100 hours per year, approximately 8 hours per month
- Note: We do not offer one-time community court-appointed or school service opportunities.
- You complete an online application. You will receive a confirmation email that we received it.
- Selected applicants will be invited to attend New Team Member Orientation.
- You pay a non-refundable Administrative Fee of $60 and sign a Volunteer Commitment Form.
- At the same time, you must submit the following:
- If 18 or older: background check consent form & copy of your current US issued Photo ID
- If 16 or 17: driver's license or birth certificate & school ID along with two letters of recommendation from teachers, employers or community leaders.
- Applicants who clear background screening will be invited to attend an orientation class.
- You complete any other training classes and prerequisites required for your chosen position. If interested in a behind the scenes position, you must be at least 18 and apply after 50 volunteer hours.
- Volunteer Program staff will communicate with you via e-mail or telephone to keep you informed as you move through the application and training process.
What else should I be aware of before I apply to volunteer?
- Volunteers must confirm and secure all necessary means of transportation before applying.
- Volunteers are required to follow the uniform guidelines and other policies and procedures of Georgia Aquarium.
- Each volunteer commits to serving at least 100 hours every year. Otherwise, a $60 Volunteer Membership fee will be required the following year to continue in the program.
- Most volunteer shifts are scheduled in four-hour increments.
- Volunteer positions are based on the interests of the volunteer, the skills required, scheduling, seniority and if required, an interview. Seniority is determined by the date the volunteer began his/her service and the number of hours served.