Youth Volunteer Program at Georgia Aquarium
If you have ever wanted to know how the world's largest aquarium works, how much a whale shark eats or what ocean fans like you are up to, then the Georgia Aquarium's Youth Volunteer Program is for you!
The Georgia Aquarium Youth Volunteer Program is a four month program that gives 14 & 15 year olds the chance to learn more about the oceans, their animals, & the Georgia Aquarium. During each session, teens will assist Camp H20 and spend time assisting in the following areas: (A minimum of 112 hours during the four month session)
- Aquarium Greeter positions
- Mascot assistance
- Birthday parties
- Touch Pools
- Arts & Crafts assistance
NOTE: We cannot accommodate requests to assist with teens' school projects.
- Applicants must be 14 or 15 years old by the application postmark deadline. (Anyone 16 years and above is eligible to become a volunteer by applying online. If you will be turning 16 within 2 months of the postmark deadline, please wait and apply as an adult volunteer.)
- Applications will be made available for download three times a year and have a set postmark deadline for each session (Spring/Summer/Fall). The postmark deadline for Summer 2013 is April 10, 2013.
- As part of the application, applicants must submit two letters of recommendation from teachers, employers or community leaders that the applicant has known for at least a year.
- Due to the volume of applications and the limited teen volunteer positions available, not all of those who apply will be selected to participate in the program.
- All youth volunteers are required to commit to 112 hours during their 4 month session. Note: We do not offer one-time community court-appointed or school service opportunities.
- Spring & Fall session youth volunteers will be required to volunteer for 24 hours each month (8 three-hour shifts per month) plus two full days assisting with Camp H2O
- Summer session youth volunteers will be required to volunteer for one full week assisting with Camp H2O (40 hours) and then six hours each week for three months
Our Expectations - Teens must:
- Confirm and secure all necessary means of transportation before applying
- Be able to volunteer at the Georgia Aquarium for 4 consecutive months
- Provide a copy of their birth certificate to verify their age at information session
- Provide current government or school-issued photo ID
- Pay a $30 Youth Volunteer Membership Fee by start of program
- Attend Information Session with a parent - Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. - 12 noon.
- Attend one full day of training at the Georgia Aquarium - Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Report on time for all training and volunteer positions in proper attire
- Provide all Aquarium guests, staff and volunteers with respect, accurate information, and assistance within the Aquarium guidelines
- Maintain a strong work ethic and positive attitude
- Demonstrate care & concern for wildlife and support for Aquarium’s mission
- Abide by Aquarium policies, procedures and code of conduct as set forth by the Georgia Aquarium Volunteer Program
Youth Volunteer Benefits
- raining on the Aquarium exhibits, operations, the animals and conservation
- Aquarium uniform shirt and nametag
- One Volunteer Annual Pass
- Opportunities to attend lectures, special events and tours
- Discounted Behind-the-Scenes Tours for family and friends
- 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
- Invaluable job experience
- Opportunity to meet the Aquarium staff and other volunteers
- 5 FREE general admission daily tickets upon completion of the program
Process for Becoming a Youth Volunteer:
- Download, complete and send in application (with two recommendations) by postmark deadline of April 10, 2013
- If accepted, attend the scheduled information session (April 20th from 10 a.m. to 12 noon) with a parent and pay the non-refundable Volunteer Membership Fee of $30.
- Attend the scheduled full day of training - May 4th, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- NOTE: If teen (or parent) fails to attend either the Information Session or full day of training, no makeup day will be available. Teen must re-apply at the next recruitment.