Volunteer Opportunities


  • Aquarium Educator

    Aquarium Educators (includes Gallery Guides, Outside Station Educators) are ambassadors, representing the Waikiki Aquarium by engaging visitors of all ages and backgrounds in one-on-one conversations and small group presentations. Educator stations include: Edge of the Reef Exhibit, Monk Seal Exhibit, and inside the galleries. Don’t know a lot about marine science or how to talk to visitors? Don’t worry! This special training course is offered to prepare volunteers with all the fun facts, information and teaching tips needed to become an Aquarium Educator.

    Shifts available: 9am-11am, 11am-1pm, 1-3pm, 3-5pm seven days a week.

    Time Commitment:  2 hours minimum per week

    Responsibilities:  Answer questions from the public, initiate conversations with visitors, and demonstrate appropriate animal handling of our live touch tank animals. Please see Volunteer Manual for policies & procedures.

    Qualifications: Must have enthusiasm, and interest in sharing marine biology and conservation knowledge with Aquarium visitors. Willingness to learn about Aquarium exhibits and marine science.  

    Aquarium Educator Volunteer Training

    Aquarium Educator training consists of an online training module and hands-on training. The flexible online course covers education skills and various marine science topics. After completion of the online portion, volunteers schedule two in-person 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 and TB Clearance to Application Profile
    • Schedule Meet-and-Greet Session at Volunteer Program Center
    • Schedule two one-on-one meetings with Education Supervisor Guerin Earhart
  • Marine Educator Internship

    Fall 2020 Marine Educator Internship Program

    The Waikiki Aquarium offers unpaid marine educator internships. We are looking for applicants who are interested in learning about Hawaiian marine life and sharing that knowledge with Aquarium visitors from around the world. Gain experience in marine biology, education, public speaking, hospitality, tourism and more as a Marine Educator Intern! Internships can also be offered for college credit at the discretion of your college.

    Interested applicants must be able to work weekly a minimum of 3 half day (4 hour) shifts available daily from Sept 16-December 12, 2020. Interns will be assigned to one educator station each day where they will answer visitorʻs questions and educate the public on our exhibits. Interns will be required to write a monthly report on guest interaction and create 5 educational posts for social media each month. 

    Applications will be accepted between July 23 – August 25th, 2020.

    Applicants must be available for an in-person interview before August 31st. Interns will be selected and notified mid August through early September. In order to complete the program requirements, interns must complete an online training course by September 7, 2020. Interns must attend a two-day training course September 8, 2020 and September 15, 2020 9am-12pm.

    When filling out the application you must select which times (3 minimum) you will be available.

    Internship Time Slots:

    • Monday 10am-2pm
    • Tuesday 10am-2pm
    • Wednesday 10am-2pm
    • Thursday 1pm-5pm
    • Friday 1pm-5pm
    • Saturday 10am-2pm
    • Sunday 10am-2pm

    Deadline to apply is August 25th, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. HST.

    Requirements:

    • You must be a current undergrad or graduate student or graduated less than 1 year ago
    • Submission of resume and cover letter indicating why you are interested in an internship and your relevant experience
    • Ability to intern a minimum of 12 hours per week for the entire duration of the program
    • A strong interest in our mission

    To Apply:

    • Complete the Internship Application
    • Upload Background Check and TB Clearance to Application Profile
    • Upload Class Schedule
    • Upload Resume and Cover Letter
    • Email volunteer@waikikiaquarium.org if you have any questions
    • Schedule Meet-and-Greet Session at Volunteer Program Center
  • Live Exhibits Volunteer Opportunities

    Aquarist assistants work behind the scenes, help care for the Aquarium’s diverse aquatic collection, and learn the basic routine maintenance of salt water and some freshwater exhibits. Duties include, but are not limited to: animal feeding and training, husbandry, exhibit maintenance, and learning the ropes of aquarium systems and basic aquarium ecology.

    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 4 hours a 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 4 hours a week for one year.

    To Apply:

    • Complete the Volunteer Application
    • Upload Background Check and TB Clearance 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
  • Gift Shop Volunteer

    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 are encouraged but not required. We provide individualized on-the-job training from staff and current volunteers. Volunteers work one 4-hour shift per week in the morning 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. or afternoons 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 and TB Clearance to Application Profile
    • Schedule Meet-and-Greet Session at Volunteer Center
  • School Support Program Docents

    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 6th Grade. 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). Prospective Docent volunteers are encouraged to inquire regarding shadowing and training opportunities throughout the year.

    To Apply:

    • Complete the Volunteer Application
    • Upload Background Check and TB Clearance to Application Profile
    • Schedule Meet-and-Greet Session at Volunteer Center
  • High School Student Volunteer Opportunities

    Summer Break

    Each summer, the Waikiki Aquarium welcomes high school students to participate in our Education Departments Teen Educator Program. Students will learn about Hawaiian marine life and share that knowledge with Aquarium visitors.  Applications for the Teen Program will be available in May. Be sure to check back for the application link and more information.

    Fall Semester

    Homeschool and alternative school students looking to expand their knowledge of Hawaiian marine life are encouraged to inquire about opportunities with our Education Department during the Fall. Please email inquiries to Mary Roney at roney@waquarium.org

  • Special Events Volunteers

    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 Waikīkī Aquarium’s mission

    to inspire and promote understanding, appreciation, and conservation of Pacific marine life.”

    Our annual events include:

    • Mauka to Makai (Earth Day Celebration) (April)
    • Ke Kani O Ke Kai Summer Concert Series (June-August)
    • Family Night (August)
    • FOWA – Friends of Waikīkī Aquarium Members’ Night

    To Apply as an Individual:

    • Complete the Volunteer Application
    • Upload Background Check and TB Clearance 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.
  • Events Internship

    The Waikīkī Aquarium offers unpaid events internships. As an Events Intern, you will be a part of the team that ensures our events run smoothly. Sharpen your experience in event coordination and customer service as an Events Intern. 

    Time Commitment: Shifts are typically from 4:45PM – 9:30PM on Luau Days and 4:45PM-10:30PM on Private Event Nights. Starting hours may vary based on the renter’s request. Training consists of 2 weeks of shadowing a supervisor.

    Responsibilities

    As an Events Intern, you will be responsible to:

    • Greet guests with Aloha at the front desk and monitor guest count and re-entry of guests.
    • Provide security during the evening rentals
    • Answer any questions regarding the rental operation of the Aquarium facility, including providing directions to the Aquarium
    • Assist supervisor with securing all exhibit areas and outdoor areas around the Aquarium perimeter.
    • Prepare rental equipment, post signs, and assist supervisor with preparations of the facility prior to renter arrival.
    • Monitor galleries, exhibits, and guests during functions to ensure there are no damages to the property or exhibits.
    • Assist renters in locating equipments for rental 
    • Setup, breakdown, and operate sound system (when applicable)
    • Be familiar with and enforce all facility rental policies and procedures.
    • Monitor gates and facility areas during setup, event and breakdown. 
    • Stock restroom and clean exhibit windows

    To Apply:

    • Complete the Volunteer Application
    • Upload Background Check and TB Clearance to Application Profile
    • Schedule Meet-and-Greet Session at Volunteer Center
  • Visitor Services Internship

    The Waikiki Aquarium offers unpaid visitor services internships on a case by case basis, determined by staff availability and internship requirements. As a Visitor Services Intern, you will be a part of the team that provides excellent customer service and welcomes our guests to the Aquarium. Gain experience in hospitality and tourism management as a Visitors Services Intern.

    To Apply:

    • Complete the Volunteer Application and indicate any internship requirements from your college/university
    • Upload Background Check and TB Clearance to Application Profile
  • Community Educator Programs Internship

    Are you interested in the planning and implementation of our community educational programs? The Waikiki Aquarium offers unpaid internships on a case-by-case basis, determined by staff availability and internship requirements. In your application, please include your resume and cover letter stating what you are interested in achieving in your internship.

    To Apply:

    • Complete the Volunteer Application
    • Upload Background Check and TB Clearance to Application Profile
    • Upload Class Schedule (if applicable)
    • Upload short resume and cover letter of relevant experience to Application Profile
    • Schedule Meet-and-Greet Session at Volunteer Center
  • Group Volunteer Opportunities

    Beach and Invasive Algae Clean-ups

    In an effort to keep our coastlines clean and healthy, we host multiple invasive algae and beach cleanups each year. These events are open to the public and can accommodate groups looking for a volunteer opportunity. To read more about Invasive Algae Clean-ups Click here .

    To sign up for the Invasive Algae and beach clean-up email list and receive clean-up registration dates, please send your name and email to volunteer@waikikiaquarium.org

    Special Projects

    The Waikīkī Aquarium Volunteer Center is open to supporting local school 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.  

    For more information or to submit a special project proposal, please email volunteer@waikikiaquarium.org or call the Volunteer Center at (808) 440-9020.

  • Hawaii Cultural Gardening

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    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 Hawai’i Cultural Gardening team. Team members must be willing to get dirty, work early hours, work with little supervision, be able to bend and kneel for long periods of time, and capable of lifting up to 30 lbs. Plant Guide

    To Apply:

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

    The Waikīkī Aquarium prides itself on partnering with community organizations, educational institutions, and non-profits. These partnerships include ancient Hawaiian traditions like the concept of the Ahupua’a, a Hawaiian word for plot of land that is linked by similar geographic, socioeconomic, and climatic factors. An Ahupua’a starts at the top of a mountain and stretches to the sea. This is often referred to as Mauka to Makai (Mountain to Ocean).

    Keeping with the tradition of Mauka to Makai, the Aquarium supports community partners who do their part to conserve and educate through volunteer programs. Waikīkī Aquarium has a volunteer program consisting of approximately 300 volunteers in addition to holding both Beach and Algae Clean-ups. Our Mauka partners who offer volunteer programs include Ka Papa Loʻi ʻO Kānewai and Papahana Kuaola.

    Volunteer at Ka Papa Loʻi O Kānewai

    Ka Papa Loʻi ʻO Kānewai Website

    First Saturday Community Work Days are a Kānewai tradition going back to 1980 and the revitalization of the current garden area. First Saturdays are open to anyone in the community looking for an opportunity to experience traditional farming methods, converse with Hawaiian Language speakers, talk story with practitioners, ku‘i ‘ai, ku‘i ka imu, and enjoy the day with family and friends. Please visit their website for more information.

    Volunteer at Papahana Kuaola

    Papahana Kuaola Website

    Papahana Kuaola is successful with the support of dedicated and passionate volunteers. While the work that volunteers do can be physically challenging, the experience is invaluable. Volunteer Workdays are hosted every 3rd and 4th Saturday of the month. To RSVP, please visit their website.

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