Volunteer Opportunities


  • Aquarium Educators (formerly known as Aquarium Interpreters) are ambassadors, representing the Waikīkī Aquarium by engaging visitors of all ages and backgrounds in one-on-one conversations about and small group presentations. Our Educators share information about marine animals and the environment at our outdoor reef touch tank exhibit, our monk seal exhibit and inside our galleries. 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.

    Aquarium Educator Volunteer Training

    Aquarium Educator training consists of an online training module and hands-on training. The flexible online course covers interpretation skills and various marine science topics. After completion of the online portion, volunteers schedule two one-on-one sessions where they receive on-the-job training. When trainees feel comfortable, they choose a two hour shift and become Aquarium volunteers.

    To Apply:

    • Complete the Volunteer Application
    • Upload background Check to Application Profile
    • Schedule Meet-and-Greet Session at Volunteer Center
  • Share a sense of wonder about the sea!

    School Support Program Docents help give lively presentations and guide interactive discovery tours of Waikīkī 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.

    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 Waikīkī Aquarium.

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

    To Apply:

    • Complete the Volunteer Application
    • Upload background Check to Application Profile
    • Schedule Meet-and-Greet Session at Volunteer Center
  • Help support the Waikīkī Aquarium’s mission by volunteering in The Shop at Waikīkī 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. This volunteer opportunity is good for individuals who like to work inside.

    Qualifications

    Customer service and retail experience is encouraged but not required. We provide all training. The Shop at Waikīkī 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.

    To Apply:

    • Complete the Volunteer Application
    • Upload background Check to Application Profile
    • Schedule Meet-and-Greet Session at Volunteer Center
  • Many events hosted by the Waikīkī 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 (February)
    • Mauka to Makai (Earth Day Celebration) (April)
    • Ke Kani O Ke Kai Summer Concert Series (June-August)
    • Family Night (August)
    • FOWA – Friends of Waikiki Aquarium Members’ Night

    To Apply as an Individual:

    • Complete the Volunteer Application
    • Upload background Check to Application Profile
    • Schedule Meet-and-Greet Session at Volunteer Center

    To Apply as a Group:

    • Please contact the Volunteer Center at (808) 440-9020.
  • Waikīkī Aquarium offers a Teen Interpreter Program during the summer. Spots for this program are limited and students are selected based on availability, experience, and enthusiasm. High school teenagers learn about Hawaiian marine life and share that knowledge by interacting with adults and children who visit the Aquarium..

    Program Dates:

    All applicants are required to come to a training session on July 1st. Teens must be available to volunteer for a half-day shift (either morning or afternoon) on all Wednesdays, July 8th to July 29th

    To Apply:

    Complete the Teen Interpreter Volunteer Application by June 5th.
    If you have further question please email roney@waikikiaquarium.org.

  • Now accepting applications for:

    Fiscal and Administrative Internship

    Appropriate for: Business major or related field
    Direct Supervisor: Administrative Officer: Byron Apo

    Required Qualifications:

    Detailed oriented, working knowledge of MS Word, Excel, basic accounting knowledge, professional manner, customer oriented, initiative-goal oriented and positive attitude. Business Major or related field.

    Narrative of Duties

    Assist the Administrative Officer with all functions relating to the daily operations of the Waikīkī Aquarium. Update fiscal documents, budget tracking, Inventory management, complete forms such as purchase orders, requisitions, etc. Perform follow up tasks. Resolve minor problems and questions. Answer incoming phone calls, maintain mail run schedule, set up and maintain filing of completed fiscal and HR forms, with the main emphasis on maintaining the highest level of service with all related departments within the Waikīkī Aquarium and other Departments. Other duties as assigned.

    To Apply

    • Complete the Volunteer Application
    • Upload background Check to Application Profile
    • Upload short resume of relevant experience to Application Profile
  • Invasive Algae Clean-ups

    Click here to read more. To sign up for the Invasive Algae clean up email listing to receive clean up registration dates please send your name, and e-mail to volunteer@waquarium.org

  • Beach Clean Ups

    To sign up for the Beach clean up e-mail listing to reviece clean up registration dates please send your name, and e-mail to volunteer@waquarium.org

  • Special Projects

    The Waikīkī Aquarium Volunteer center is open to supporting local schools and community groups by partnering on special projects. Proposals are approved on an individual basis and are up to the discretion of the Volunteer Program Coordinator and supporting staff. Past special projects proposals submitted to the Volunteer Center include:

    • Interactive marine face-whole photo board
    • Paper Shredding
    • Marine themed holiday decorations completed by school students
    • Creative marine themed large-scale lawn decorations

    For special projects proposals please call the Volunteer Center at (808)-440-9020.

  • Hawaii Cultural Gardening

    The Waikīkī Aquarium has always treasured the property’s gardens, but often need help with upkeep, and landscaping. At this time, the Volunteer Center is seeking volunteers who have formal experience with gardening and are willing to dedicate time to help our growing Hawaii Cultural Gardening team. Team members must be willing to get dirty, work early hours, able to work with little supervision, be able to bend and kneel for long periods of time, and capable of lifting up to 30 lbs.

    To Apply:

    • Complete the Volunteer Application
    • Upload background Check to Application Profile
    • Schedule Meet-and-Greet Session at Volunteer Center
  • General Office Support

    Did you know that Aquarium volunteers outnumber staff 8 to 1?

    While many volunteers work directly with visitors and our Aquarium residents, we are also in need of volunteers to help behind the scenes in office support roles. Office Support Volunteers work closely with and for staff members, at a desk they share with other volunteers/staff or from home if the task permits. We seek volunteers with basic computer skills, punctuality, good writing, spelling and typing skills. Staff will provide training for database and website content management software used at the Aquarium. Volunteers must also have an outgoing personality, professional manner/attire, and organizational skills. Serving in an office is an easy way to develop and use professional skills. Some support volunteers are assigned special projects that use their unique skills.

    To Apply:

    • Complete the Volunteer Application
    • Upload background Check to Application Profile
    • Upload short resume of relevant experience to Application Profile
    • Schedule Meet-and-Greet Session at Volunteer Center
  • Coastal Restoration Service Learning

    To compliment local college Service Learning requirements, Waikīkī Aquarium has created individualized student programs. Each student is required to commit at least 25 hours of service time. The Aquarium’s Service learning module incorporates active learning through a combination of training and hands-on experience through the semester.

    Typical projects assigned to Service Learning students include, but are not limited to:

    • Planning and execution of Beach Clean ups
    • Support and participate at Waikīkī Aquarium and UH Botany Department Invasive Algae Clean up
    • Create original social media material to act as marketing
    • Assist with set-up, execution, and tear-down of Aquarium Special Events
    • Take online training focused on Marine Life in Hawaii and use that knowledge to educate visitors about tide pool animals and endangered endemic animal.


    To Apply:

    • Complete the Volunteer Application
    • Upload background Check to Application Profile
    • Upload short resume of relevant experience to Application Profile
    • Upload Class Schedule
    • Schedule Meet-and-Greet Session at Volunteer Center
  • Live Exhibits Volunteer Opportunities

    Aquarist assistants work behind the scenes learning the basic routine maintenance of saltwater and some freshwater exhibits. Duties include, but are not limited to: animal feeding and training, exhibit maintenance, and learning the ropes of aquarium systems and basic aquarium ecology.

    • Animal feeding:
      • Learn to feed fish, invertebrates, reptiles, and possibly our monk seals.
    • Exhibit maintenance:
      • This may or may not include diving in tanks (UH scientific diver status is required to dive our shark exhibit; other tanks only require training and the proper comfort level similar to snorkeling in the ocean).
    • Husbandry:
      • Learn about breeding animals and the husbandry of live feeds plankton systems.
    • Aquarium systems and basic ecology:
      • Learn what creates and maintains healthy aquarium ecosystems and how to recover when one becomes out of balance. Learn about pumps, UV’s, lighting, and temperature regulation within exhibits.
    • Collecting:
      • We are lucky to live in Hawaii where we collect many of the local animals that you see on display. Perhaps you can assist in catching our next octopus or with the collection of new moon jellies.


    Requirements

    Only applicants with previous fish and invertebrate animal care experience or related academic background will be considered. Aquarist assistants are:

    • Enthusiastic and committed
    • Self-motivated and able to work independently and as part of a team
    • Able to climb on top of, around, and inside tanks to clean them when required
    • Capable of lifting a 50-pound bag of gravel


    Training and Commitment

    After successful completion of CITI online training classes and additional Live Exhibits training, volunteers commit to working at least 6 hours a week in 2-3 shifts per week (minimum shift must be at least 2 hours long) for a minimum of 6 months. Ideal candidates will be able to commit to a minimum of 6 hours a week for one year.

    To Apply:

    • Complete the Volunteer Application
    • Upload background Check to Application Profile
    • Upload short resume of relevant experience to Application Profile
    • Upload Class Schedule (If Appropriate)
    • Schedule Meet-and-Greet Session at Volunteer Center
    • Schedule Interview with Biologist