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Join Our Award-Winning Volunteer Team


About Our Volunteers

Our volunteers are passionate people who are dedicated to engaging visitors in amazing educational and interpretive experiences. In 2016 we engaged over 1200 volunteers who contributed more than 100,000 hours of their time to effecting the conservation of aquatic life. Their efforts were recognized a few years ago when they won Volunteer Vancouver's Volunteer Recognition Award for Community Service (Group), sponsored by VanCity.

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Our Volunteer Program

Our volunteer program includes opportunities for adults of all ages and youth to get involved and give back to their community. The volunteer experience provides endless opportunities that will challenge your curiosity and encourage you to grow, learn and meet new people.

We adhere to the values, principles and organizational standards of the Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement and were awarded the Volunteer Manager of the Year Award by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Be Engaged

Discover all the benefits of volunteering: expand your social network; increase your marine and conservation knowledge; gain valuable work experience in a new field and connect with your community. Our volunteers also get perks such as transit tickets, paid parking, discounts and field trips.

  • Get nose-to-nose with aquatic animals.
  • Work side by side with experienced Aquarium professionals.
  • Work in our galleries, offices and library.
  • Gain new work experience skills.
  • Deliver exciting educational programs.
  • Learn valuable conservation practices.
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Be Amazed

If you enjoy interacting with people and animals, we think you'll have an amazing experience while working with us.

  • Make new friends over coffee or hot chocolate in the Volunteer Lounge.
  • Meet and sleep beside the animals during our annual overnight programs.
  • Receive a discount at the Gift Shop and reduced rates for Aquarium programs and membership.
  • Clean up shorelines and have a positive impact on the environment.

Be Inspired

Expand your horizons in ways you never imagined. Meet people while learning and sharing your knowledge as part of our diverse team.

  • Teach children of all ages about aquatic plants, animals and conservation.
  • Help visitors explore the wonders of the underwater world in our galleries.
  • Contribute to our volunteers' newsletter.
  • Participate in conservation programs.
  • Serve your community.
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The Next Steps

If these experiences sound like an opportunity you'd like to be a part of, think about how you'd like to get involved, check out available opportunities, and find out how to apply.

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Types Of Positions

Think about how you'd like to get involved by reviewing the types of positions on offer.

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How To Apply

Check our eligibility requirements and application process. Ensure that you can commit to volunteering for six months or 100 hours.

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Opportunities Available

Find out what opportunities are available or when volunteer recruitment will begin. You can also sign up to get an email sent to you when recruitment opens again.


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