Beginner Environmental Leadership Program

Get Involved:

If you have a passion for aquatic ecosystems and a talent of engaging with people, Georgia Aquarium’s Beginner Environmental Leadership Program is for you! Open to all high school students aged 15-17, this program is dedicated to empowering teens to become tomorrow’s leaders in environmental conservation.

The Deal:

The Beginner Environmental Leadership Program runs three times a year and will last for four months. Teens may volunteer on any day during the summer and on breaks and weekends throughout the school year. Sessions are broken down below:




January - April

May - August

September - December

75 Hour Commitment

130 Hour Commitment

75 Hour Commitment

The Details:

Volunteers will begin in the Gallery Guide position in the following areas:

  • One full week assisting with Camp H2O (Summer Only)
  • Guest Interpretation
  • Guest Engagement
  • Touch Pools
  • Event Craft Tables
  • Birthday Parties

All teens will also take the skills they’ve learned at Georgia Aquarium and apply them elsewhere through the completion of a collaborative community project.

Please note that there will be no behind the scenes positions available to teens.
We do not offer court-appointed or school service opportunities.

How to Apply:

1. Register for one mandatory Information Session by emailing Dani Ferraro at This is your chance to learn more about our program and ask any questions you may have. One parent or legal guardian must attend. In order to accommodate as many people as possible, only one adult will be permitted to accompany each teen.

2. Complete online application by deadline. Applications are only sent to those who have attended an information session. Information sessions will be held during the evening of December 12th and the morning of December 16th.

3. If selected for an interview, teens will participate in a mandatory four hour interview. During interview days, teens will learn more about the Aquarium, participate in team building activities, and take part in a brief interview.

4. Accepted applicants will be notified within two weeks of their interview date. Accepted volunteers will be expected to bring a $45 Administrative Fee in the form of check or money order to volunteer orientation. Late fees will not be accepted and will result in removal from the program.

Applicants must be between the ages of 15 and 17 at time of application. (Anyone 18 years & above is eligible to become an adult volunteer by applying online via the adult volunteer page. If you will be turning 18 during a session, please wait and apply as an adult volunteer.)

Due to the volume of applications and the limited number of teen volunteer positions, not all who apply will be contacted for an interview.

Important Dates for Spring 2019

December 12th, 6pm - 8pm

Evening information session (must attend one)

December 16th, 9am - 11am

Morning information session (must attend one)

December 23rd

Application deadline

January 6th
9am - 12pm or 1pm or 4pm

Interview Date (must attend - no make-up dates will be provided)

January 20th, 9am - 3:30pm

Orientation (must attend - no make-up dates will be provided)

What We Expect—Teens Must:

  • Be currently enrolled in high school or home school
  • Confirm and secure all necessary means of transportation before applying
  • Be available to volunteer at Georgia Aquarium for a four-month time period
  • Provide a copy of their birth certificate to verify their age at interview
  • Provide current government or school-issued photo ID
  • Pay a $45 Administrative Fee at least one week prior to the start of their program
  • Be available to attend one interview day at Georgia Aquarium - January 6th
  • Be available for and attend one full day of training at Georgia Aquarium – January 20th
  • 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

What We Provide:

  • All necessary training
  • Aquarium uniform shirt and name tag
  • One Volunteer Pass valid for length of service
  • “Dip Days” to educate teens about our research and conservation efforts
  • Free parking during volunteer shifts
  • Discounts in the food court and gift shop
  • Invitations to exclusive events
  • Invaluable job experience
  • Opportunity to meet the Aquarium staff and other volunteers
  • Opportunity to learn the ins and outs of Aquarium operations

Upon successful completion of the teen volunteer program & return of their Aquarium ID, teens will receive five one-time use daily tickets.