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Plan Ahead For Your Experience

The Vancouver Aquarium offers a wide range of Work Experience placements through the year, open to students in grades 10-12 (occasional age restrictions apply). These placements are a valuable support to the Aquarium mission, staff and volunteer team. We accept placements at many times during the year, based on departmental and organizational needs. There are a limited number of opportunities so advance planning is essential. Placement opportunities are emailed directly to high school work experience coordinators, where arrangements must be made by the coordinating teacher. On-site training, supervision and evaluation are provided.

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Info For Students

Interested in getting your work experience hours done at the Aquarium? Visit your career prep teacher or guidance counsellor and ask them if they're already on our mailing list. If not, have them email workexperience@vanaqua.org to request to be added. If they are, ask them to notify you when placements become available.

The benefits of our placements include:

  • Completion of government requirements for graduation
  • Letters of reference upon successful completion of program
  • Aquarium staff discounts while an active Work Experience Student
  • The opportunity to work closely with Aquarium staff on a variety of programs

Info For Teachers

Work Experience placements are offered to all high schools in the Greater Vancouver Area (and beyond, if there is interest). Work Experience teachers are welcome to contact Christy Smith, Coordinator of Volunteer Services & Youth Programs, for more information on the work experience program or to join the mailing list.

Phone: 604-659-3478
Email: workexperience@vanaqua.org

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