As a teen volunteer you may help visitors locate camouflaged animals, assist children in touching live stingrays, or tell guests how much a green sea turtle weighs! Volunteers also have the opportunity to engage in individual projects furthering conservation in their community after completing a year of service. Quarterly social events are offered, which may include anything from bird-banding, to snorkeling, and more!
The Tennessee Aquarium’s Teen Volunteer Program was designed to give high school students the chance to become actively involved in their community by providing opportunities to learn more about the field of biology, further pursue their interests in conservation, and meet like-minded teens who share similar interests while giving back to their community through volunteer hours. Students from any city, county, private school or home school who have successfully completed one year of high school science are eligible for the program. This is a great way to meet students from other schools and gain important experience interacting with adults and children while expanding your own knowledge in our truly one-of-a-kind environment!
Those teens selected for participation in the program are responsible for attending a mandatory training class. After successfully completing the course and passing the exam, our students become members of the Education team, and will be responsible for a 4.5 hour shift twice a month for an entire calendar year. With this service comes the opportunity to spend time with fellow volunteers through socials and engaging recreational activities both on and off of the aquarium campus, as well as the chance to create and conduct a conservation project based on each individual’s unique interests.
- Applicants must be high school students between the ages of 14-17 years old who have completed at least one high school Science and be able to volunteer for at least ONE calendar year.
- Applications must be filled out by the student!
- After interviews are conducted with selected applicants, up to 20 students will be chosen per recruitment to become a teen volunteer.
- Students accepted into the program will complete a one day mandatory training session.
The next application process begins in Fall 2018.
If you have any questions regarding the Teen Volunteer program, please contact Beth Brellenthin at firstname.lastname@example.org.