Volunteer Opportunities

  • Aquarium Educators (formally known as Interpreters) are educational resources for guests that share natural history information on our outdoor reef exhibit, guide visitor observations and answer questions about Hawaii’s marine environment. Aquarium Educators commit to work one two-hour shift per week for a minimum period of six months. Shifts are available every day of the week from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., and 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. All volunteers must be at least 18 years old, pass a criminal background check, and meet in person with Volunteer Program staff prior to registering for the training course.

    Aquarium Educator Volunteer Training

    An ALL NEW online training course for new volunteers is beginning in January 2015!

    This flexible online course covers interpretation skills and various marine sciences. One-on-one sessions are then scheduled and trainees will receive on-the-job training.

    Please call 440-9020 or email volunteer@waikikiaquarium.org for more information and to begin the application process.

  • Share a sense of wonder about the sea!

    School Support Program Docents help give lively presentations and guide interactive discovery tours of Waikiki Aquarium exhibits for students in Kindergarten through grade 6. Volunteering as a Docent provides rich opportunities to learn about Hawaii’s marine life and contribute to conservation education in our community.

    Upon completion of training, School Support Program Docents volunteer one morning a week (Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday) from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. throughout the school year (October – May).

    School Support Program Docent Training

    The 12-session training course for new Docents is held once per year in September. Our 2015 training course is scheduled for:

    September 2015
    Tuesdays and Thursdays (6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.), and Saturday mornings (9:00 a.m. – 12 noon) at the Waikiki Aquarium.

    Missed the 2014 training course? Prospective Docent volunteers are encouraged to inquire regarding shadowing and pre-training opportunities throughout the year.

    Please call 440-9020 or email volunteer@waikikiaquarium.org for more information and to learn how to get involved with our School Support Docent program.

  • Help support the Waikiki Aquarium’s mission by volunteering in The Shop at Waikiki Aquarium. Volunteers act as aquarium “ambassadors” assisting guests with purchases and helping with shop upkeep and displays. Our merchandise collection includes clothing, jewelry, books, children’s toys, and souvenirs all with ocean and marine life themes.


    Customer service and retail experience is encouraged but not required. We provide all training. The Shop at Waikiki Aquarium volunteers receive individualized on-the-job training from staff and current volunteers.

    Volunteers work one 4-hour shift per week for a minimum of six months. Morning shifts are from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and afternoon shifts are from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    Contact us today for more information about getting involved and sharing the Aloha Spirit with our guests. Call 440-9020 or email volunteer@waikikiaquarium.org to find out about current opportunities.

  • Many events hosted by the Waikiki Aquarium would not be possible without the time and energy of dedicated volunteers. Special Events volunteers assist at aquarium functions throughout the year. Special Event crews help in various capacities such as set-up, registration, craft and activity tables, scrip sales, food booths, guest greeting, and much more!All events support the Waikiki Aquarium’s mission “to inspire and promote understanding, appreciation, and conservation of Pacific marine life.” Our annual events include:International Koi Show
    Mauka to Makai (Earth Day Celebration)
    World Oceans Month
    Seasons and the Sea
    Ke Kani O Ke Kai Summer Concert Series
    Family Night
    Friends of Waikiki Aquarium Members’ NightContact the Volunteer Office at 440-9020 or email volunteer@waikikiaquarium.org for more information about getting started as a Special Events volunteer.
  • This summer Waikīkī Aquarium is starting a Teen Interpreter Program. We are looking for a few good high school teenagers who would be willing to learn about Hawaiian marine life and who also enjoy interacting with adults and children.
    Program Dates: All applicants are required to come to a full day training session on Tuesday, July 8th. Teens must be available to volunteer for a half-day shift on all Wednesdays, July 8th to July 30thTo Apply: Fill-out the application by May 30th. Go to:
    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Rn8788FZh83SoFYmdR5PfBVxFalP7YPhu5YdQ8m1LR8/viewform#start=inviteIf you have further question please email roney@waikikiaquarium.org.
  • The Waikiki Aquarium is seeking enthusiastic and motivated individuals to assist staff in our live exhibits department.Interns will be involved in the care and maintenance of various exhibits including Hawaiian monk seals, vertebrates and invertebrates.

    Interns will learn how to care for and train Hawaiian monk seals.Interns are unpaid, responsible for their own transportation and housing/expenses on Oahu.

    Interns must commit to full length of internship from the start and all start/end date/discrepancies must be discussed prior to start of internship.

    Two positions available per semester

    Semesters: Application Deadlines
    Fall (Aug 25 – December 19) July 25
    Spring (Jan 1 – May 17) November 25
    Summer (May 13– August 25) March 25

    Minimum Requirements:

    Able to work 20 hours/week for the chosen semester, will include weekend and holiday work; also will include a variety of schedules (4days/week; AM 7-11 or PM 11-3; weekly pool cleaning Wed 4-8pm mandatory)Must be able to speak and comprehend English
    Must be 18 years and older
    Drivers License
    Ability to work unsupervised
    Ability to follow instructions
    Able to work in outdoor climate
    Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
    Strong interest in marine mammals – husbandry, care, training
    Comfortable with public speaking
    Experience with animals

    Duties Include:
    Daily habitat cleaning/maintenance
    Daily diet preparation
    Maintaining supplies and facility at APHIS/IACUC standards and cleanliness
    Public narration during feeding sessions/Q+A with public
    Wednesday evening pool cleaning pressure washing
    Record keeping
    Database entry
    Participation in monk seal training sessions (to assist with daily health exams, husbandry sessions, and research data collection)
    Feeding and cleaning of aquarium tanks
    Weekly training class attendance and quizzes

    To Apply:
    Applicants may apply by submitting a resume and cover letter (1 page max). Applications must be submitted via e-mail. In the cover letter, please include what you are hoping to learn from this internship and address whether you meet the minimum requirements listed above.

    Email: volunteer@waquarium.org