NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island seeks volunteers

The NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island allows visitors to explore many of the state’s ecosystems and learn about the animals that inhabit them. Find out how you can volunteer at

What do you know about coastal creatures? Share your knowledge by volunteering at the Aquarium, while learning from education and husbandry professionals. Whether you’d like to learn about local wildlife, hone your diving skills, or simply contribute to your community, the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island volunteer program has something for you.

Volunteers must be 16 or older to be an Aquarium volunteer, and 18 or older to volunteer in the STAR Center.

On Sunday, Nov. 4, the Aquarium will offer STAR Center Cold Stun Specialized Training (for STAR volunteers). The training is at 1 p.m. At 2:15 p.m., Sea Turtle Stranding Training will begin.

Interested in attending or finding out more? Fill out and submit the Volunteer Application found at and RSVP to

In addition, the Aquarium is interested in adding new volunteer positions to its program, including Nature Play Attendants and Citizen Science Data Gatherers. If you would like to help pioneer a position or if you have a special skill you think we could use let us know.

Following are some areas where volunteers are needed:

  • Touch Pool Interpreter

Provides interpretive information about the touch pool animals while encouraging visitors to follow handling rules. Answers common beachcombing and marine science questions.

  • Horticulture Assistant

Assists horticulture staff with various indoor and outdoor activities including watering of exhibit plants, re-potting, and landscape maintenance.

  • Special Events Volunteer

Helps with activities such as fish printing or nautical wreath making. May assist Aquarium visitors at craft tables during special events. May help behind the scenes with administrative tasks and event preparation.

  • Discovery Cart Volunteer

Discovery carts are hands-on, portable education stations. Volunteers encourage visitors to touch items and ask questions.

  • STAR Center Interpreter

Interacts with visitors in the STAR Center and answers questions about sea turtles. Volunteers should be interested in sea turtles and willing to engage with visitors while wearing a microphone.

  • Dive Operations

Interested divers need to attend volunteer orientation, and then turn in an application for Volunteer Diving at the Dive Office. If qualified (divers must hold a nationally recognized open-water dive certification or above to apply) the dive team will schedule an interview. After the interview candidates are required to pass an NCARI diver medical exam, complete a Divers Alert Network Diving First Aid for Professional Divers course at the NCARI, and pass NCARI’s watermanship and scuba diver skills assessment before aquarium commercial diver training can begin. Aquarium commercial diver assessments and training can take an estimated 20-30 hours to complete, before becoming a full-fledged volunteer diver. All dive equipment is provided. Volunteers assist with routine maintenance in our 285,000-gallon Graveyard of the Atlantic exhibit, assist with public education during dive presentations, and dive recreationally in the Graveyard of the Atlantic habitat.

For more information about the volunteer program, call (252) 475-2335 or email

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