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Students Gaining Valuable Real-World Experience


Plan Ahead For Your Experience

The Vancouver Aquarium offers a wide range of placements throughout the year, open to students ages 14 to 18 (occasional age restrictions apply). These placements are an invaluable support to the Aquarium’s mission, staff, and volunteer team. We accept students many times throughout the year, based on departmental and organizational needs. There are a limited number of opportunities, so advanced planning is essential. Placement opportunities are emailed directly to high school teachers & counsellors. These opportunities are also posted on our Opportunities Available page, under the Youth (Work Experience) Volunteer Opportunities page.

Summer Work Experience

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For Teachers

How can you get your students involved?

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Have questions? Take a look at some questions students, teachers, and parents frequently ask about our youth work experience program.

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Opportunities Available

View the positions we are currently recruiting for placements.

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What can you do at the Aquarium?

Interested in volunteering as a youth, or getting your Work Experience course hours done at the Aquarium? We offer a wide variety of exciting programs for students in grades 8 through 12.

 The benefits of our placements include:

  • Completion of government required volunteer hours for graduation
  • Letter of involvement upon successful completion of the program
  • Aquarium discounts while an active youth volunteer
  • The opportunity to work closely with Aquarium staff and volunteers on a variety of programs

 Types of placements:


  • Depending on the program, youth volunteers may set up props and live animals, tour school groups through the facility, participate in an educational puppet show or slide presentation, and guide students through hands-on wet lab learning experiences. This placement takes part mostly in our classrooms and wet labs.

Interpretive Delivery

  • Interpret props, displays, and live animals for guests or spend some time at our face painting and crafts station, encouraging children to become excited about the aquatic world. This placement takes part mostly in our galleries.

Visitor Experience

  • Be a friendly host to local and international visitors. Meet and greet guests and members, answer questions related to the Aquarium, Stanley Park, and tourism in the Vancouver area. Help guests maneuver through the Aquarium and distribute information regarding Aquarium programs. This placement takes place mostly in our galleries.


  • Encourage children to get excited about aquatic life through camps! Lead them through fun, educational experiences filled with hands-on activities, animal observations, crafts, and play. This placement takes place in our classrooms, in the galleries and outdoors.



Be Engaged

Discover all of 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 Youth volunteers also get perks such as paid parking, discounts, and more!

  • Get nose-to-nose with aquatic animals
  • Work side by side with experienced Aquarium professionals
  • Work in our galleries and wet labs
  • Gain new work experience skills
  • Deliver exciting educational programs
  • Learn valuable conservation practices

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
  • Receive a discount at the Gift Shop and Cafe, and reduced rates for Aquarium programs and membership during your placement

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
  • Participate in conservation programs
  • Serve your community

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