Volunteer & Internship Opportunities

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

At the Aquarium of Niagara, we value our volunteers! 

We have many exciting volunteer opportunities available, in nearly every area of the aquarium.  Volunteers may prepare animal diets, provide enrichment for our animals, or interact with and educate our guests, plus much more! 

Please note that while most volunteers love helping our animals, your safety and the safety of our animals is paramount. There is no guaranteed animal contact or interaction. Working with our animals is considered a privilege, which comes with intensive training and a considerable amount of dedicated time. In fact, volunteer contact with our birds and mammals is uncommon.

College Credit Programs: Some schools may offer academic credit for your volunteer work.  Work-study may be available to students who can meet the volunteer requirements, or can complete an approved work-study project.  For more information, please read the FIB & MMC College Credit Program Job Descriptions.

Community Service:  At this time, we cannot facilitate community service hours, which do not meet the above requirements and the volunteer requirements for the organization and department.

DEPARTMENTS

Education Volunteers and Docents
The education department enriches the aquarium guest-experience by providing information about our animals in as many ways possible.  Education delivers Discovery Cart programs, school programs and outreach, touch tank programs, and daily public talks. Volunteers and interns may help with the delivery of these programs.

  • Volunteers needed daily from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm; full or half day shifts available.
  • Ages 15 years and older.
  • Volunteers are required to give a minimum of 4 hours (one shift) per week.
  • Volunteers must commit to being available at least 4 consecutive months each year.

Questions? Call 716-285-3575 ext. 225.

Fish, Invertebrates, and Birds (FIB) Volunteer
This department, known as FIB, works behind the scenes to care for the Aquarium’s aquatic displays, including our colony of Humboldt penguins. Volunteers and Interns will help to prepare animal diets, water quality, maintain clean and healthy areas, and assist with enrichment.

  • Volunteers and interns needed daily from 7:30 am- 4:00 pm; full day shifts available. 
  • Ages 18 years and older.
  • FIB Volunteers are required to give a minimum of 8 hours (one shift) per week.
  • FIB Volunteers must commit to being available at least 6 consecutive months each year.

Marine Mammal Care (MMC) Volunteer
This department works with our rescued marine mammals. Volunteers 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- 5:00 pm; full day shifts available.
  • Ages 18 years and older
  • MMC Volunteers are required to give a minimum of 8 hours (one shift) per week.
  • MMC Volunteers must commit to being available at least 6 consecutive months each year.

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Learn from the pros! -Work with our talented and knowledgeable team, in an AZA accredited facility!

Our internships provide specialized experiences to recent college graduates and advanced students interested in an aquarium-related career.

Please review the requirements for each internship opportunity.  If you are unable to meet the requirements, please consider a volunteer or college credit program role with us! Some schools may offer academic credit for our various programs.  Internships are unpaid.

Qualifications for internships:

  • Minimum of a college junior in a biological or environmental science, psychology, education, or another related field

*Recent graduate preferred

  • Must be available to work at least 30-40 hours per week
  • Must be able to complete a 10-14 week term
  • Interns are needed daily from 7:30am- 5pm. Full and half day shifts available. Schedule may be somewhat flexible. 

Winter Semester Deadlines:

  • Deadline to apply: December 1, 2019

Upcoming Orientation & Training Sessions:

  • August 17, 2019 9AM-3PM
  • August 31, 2019 9AM-3PM
  • January 11, 2020 9AM-3PM 

Contact Autumn Syracuse to register. [email protected]

To Apply:

Please review the job descriptions, below.  If you meet the qualifications and can commit to the requirements, please submit an internship application for the department you’d like to work with.

DEPARTMENTS

Education Internships
Opportunities available year-round

Education Internship Job Description

Education Internship Application

Questions? Email [email protected]

Fish, Invertebrates and Birds (FIB) Internships

Opportunities available year-round

FIB Internship Job Descriptions

FIB Internship Application

Questions? Email [email protected]

Marine Mammal Care (MMC) Internships

Opportunities available year-round

MMC Internship Job Description

MMC Internship Application

Questions? Email [email protected]