Volunteers, Interns, and Jr. Docents

Volunteers, Interns and Jr. Docents

Are you an animal lover? Do you want to work in an institution who serves animals?

We have amazing volunteer opportunities to offer, you’ll be walking in the foot steps of many staff members who started here as volunteers!

Fish, Invertebrates, and Birds: This department, known as FIB, works behind the scenes to care for the Aquarium’s aquatic displays, including our colony of Humboldt penguins. They are responsible for husbandry, life support systems, water quality and enrichment of all these specimens in our care. Volunteers and Interns will help with preparing the diet for the animals, observing the animals, as well as keeping their areas clean and healthy and assisting with enrichment and water quality.

Volunteers are needed daily from 7:30 am- 4:30 pm. Can work full shift or half shifts

Education: The education department handles outreach, touch tanks, most public talks, and biofacts (aquarium-related artifacts). They help to enrich Aquarium guests’ experiences by providing additional information about our animals in as many ways possible. Volunteers and Interns will help with the daily routine and learn how to create lessons, talk to the public about the biofacts, and assist with outreach and the touch tank.

Volunteers are needed daily from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Maintenance: This department keeps the Aquarium clean and functioning. They are an integral part of ensuring that the Aquarium runs smoothly. Volunteers will help keep the facility clean and help with other tasks.

Guest Services: This department welcomes our guest; they are the first face that our guests see when they walk in the door. They also take care of the gift shop. Volunteers will help welcome our guests into the Aquarium and straighten up the gift shop.

Volunteers are needed daily from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Volunteers can work in 4-hour shifts or they may work the whole day. Volunteers are required to do a minimum of 8 hours a month.

Contact us today to start your adventure at the Aquarium of Niagara!
If you are interested in interning or volunteering please contact the Education Department by email at [email protected]

Volunteer or intern for marine mammal care:

  • full-time internship with the Marine Mammal Care department is designed for college students and recent graduates. The internship will be instrumental in gaining increased experience with California sea lions, harbor seals and grey seals. Selected interns will work closely with the marine mammal staff and will be schooled in techniques, animal husbandry behaviors and care.
  • This department works with our rescued marine mammals. Volunteers and Interns will help with preparing the diet for the animals, observing the animals and shows, as well as keeping their areas clean and healthy and assisting with enrichment.Volunteers are needed daily from 7:30 am- 4:30 pm. Can work full shift or half shifts
  • Requirements:
    • Must currently be enrolled in college or recently graduated with a major in animal science, biology. zoology, psyschology or another related field
    • Serious interest in a career with marine mammal training
    • Able to work on a team – as well as function independently – with little supervision
    • Must be able to afford housing and transportation
    • Able to lift and carry fifty (50) pounds; work on uneven and slippery surfaces; withstand extreme hot and cold temperatures; be able to sit/stand for long periods of time when necessary
    • Demonstrated proficiency in public speaking and guest interaction
    • Competent swimmer and comfortable in cold, deep water. SCUBA certification is a plus, but not necessary
    • Must be able to work a 40-hour work week for a 12-week period

Interested candidates should send resume and cover letter to Krystin Zelasko at [email protected]