Volunteer Program at Georgia Aquarium
Georgia Aquarium provides a variety of opportunities for our adult volunteers. We are always in need of volunteer assistance in the following positions:
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.
What are the pre-requisites needed to apply to volunteer at Georgia Aquarium?
- 16 years or older (Teens age 14 & 15, please visit our Youth Volunteer Site)
- 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.
What are the benefits of volunteering at Georgia Aquarium?
- A Georgia Aquarium Volunteer Membership (Annual Pass)
- Ability to earn free daily admission tickets and an Annual Pass for a friend or family member
- Discounts on merchandise in the gift shop, food/beverages within the Aquarium and a limited number of additional Annual Passes and general admission daily tickets
- Training on the Aquarium exhibits, operations, the animals and conservation
- Volunteer Newsletters
- Award and Recognition program
- Opportunities to attend lectures, special events and tours
- Opportunities to make new friends and meet people with shared interests
- Most of all, you will have the satisfaction of working with talented, dedicated individuals devoted to bringing the important message of conservation of our aquatic resources to our millions of guests.
What is the process for becoming a volunteer?
- 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 pre-requisites 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 the 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.
We really hope that you will become a volunteer. We're confident that you will have an enjoyable, rewarding and challenging experience! Join the Team. Apply Now!