Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s Junior Volunteer Program invites students to join our team to gain valuable experience and earn volunteer hours for school.
Junior volunteer opportunities are available in the spring, summer, and fall each year. Please be sure to submit your application before the deadline listed below:
- 8 Hours
- 2 Dives/Week
- Scuba Certification Card, First Aid/CPR/AED Certification, Copy of their 2 most recent dives from log book
Volunteer SCUBA divers assist with our pool cleaning challenge. Air tanks are provided and some equipment is available. Any person interested in applying must provide a copy of their Scuba Certification Card from a recognized agency as NAUI, PADI, PDIC, or SSI, First Aid/CPR/AED certification and a copy of their 2 most recent dives from their log book.
Junior divers must commit to at least 2 dives per week.
- 3.5 Hours
Junior Volunteers in the Education department will have the opportunity to assist with our educational summer camp programs. Throughout the summer term (June – August), Junior Volunteers will be able to gain experience working with our campers while expanding their own knowledge of marine science. Junior volunteers in this department should be comfortable interacting with children in a learning environment. Junior volunteers will be required to undergo a background check prior to the beginning of the summer camp season.
Summer camp junior volunteers will help with the daily operations of camp. Daily duties include, but are not limited to: assisting campers with lessons and experiments, identifying marine life in Clearwater Bay, showing campers the best techniques for snorkeling and kayaking, assisting camp staff with monitoring camper behavior, and helping to prepare the classroom for camps.
Education summer camp junior volunteers commit to at least 1 weekly reoccurring 3.5-hour shift.
- 4 Hours
Junior Volunteers in the Guest Experience departments are ambassadors to CMA, providing first impressions and enhancing the visitor experience! Volunteers in this department should be very social and comfortable talking to numerous people daily. Previous public speaking experience is not required, but you are required to be willing to improve your public speaking skills!
Guest Experience volunteers engage CMA guests and attend to their needs. Tasks include: greeting guests in the ticketing line, facilitating their entry into CMA, manning the glitter tattoo station, and roaming throughout the building engaging guests about our work and mission. Volunteers must be comfortable with standing and walking on cement, going up and down stairs, and moving quickly from one task to another.
Guest experience volunteers commit to at least 1 weekly reoccurring 4 hour shift.
- 1600+ rescued sea turtles since 2010
- 2100+ Nests monitored since 2010
- 850+ Animals released since 2010
- 190K Volunteer Hours 2020-2021