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WCS- New York Aquarium

602 Surf Avenue

Brooklyn, New York 11224

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Join Us As We Grow Our Team! Become a Volunteer with the Education Department at the NEW -New York Aquarium!

As the New York Aquarium prepares to open the exciting Ocean Wonders: SHARKS! Exhibit this summer, we are seeking diverse, enthusiastic, and dedicated people to help engage, inspire, and educate guests of all ages about wildlife and conservation. By connecting people to animals and nature at the park's touch pool, exploring conservation stories through interpretation at exhibits, or taking on active roles in conservation by assisting with campaigns, education volunteers are vital to the WCS mission to save wildlife and wild places worldwide.

As an education volunteer, you will have the opportunity to meet individuals from around the world and join a family of fellow volunteers, staff, and wildlife experts who share a passion for our natural world. You can help in a variety of ways to staff exhibits, teach visitors about marine conservation, and assist at events and education programs.

We invite you to a volunteer Open House where you can learn about all of our volunteer opportunities, take part in fun activities, fill out an application, and have the option of being interviewed while you are here!

Education volunteer programs are open to:

  • Working and Retired Adults

  • Seniors

  • College/Grad Students

  • Teens who are at least 15 years of age or older

To save time, we encourage those attending the event to print out the application ahead of time by visiting our website at Bring the completed application with you the day of the Open House.

Watch a walkthrough animation of the new Ocean Wonders: Sharks! exhibit here:

Take a look at our agenda for the day!

10:00am- 10:30am: Check-in/Welcome/Questions

10:30am- 11:00am: Late arrival Check-in/Welcome/Questions

No admittance after 11am.

10:15am -12:30pm: Ongoing hands-on Activities

Participate in fun, hands-on activities and demonstrations with current volunteers.

10:15am to 12:30pm: Application Help

Have an application, but have some questions? Want to fill out an application at the Open House? Our volunteers will be on hand to help answer your questions and will be happy to look over your application to make sure it’s complete. Volunteers do not evaluate applications. They only check for completeness and accuracy of contact information.

10:15am to 12:30pm: Get an Interview!

Volunteer applicants will have the option of signing up for and having an interview the day of the open house (Last interview spot is 12:15pm). Volunteer Applicants will also have the option of scheduling an interview for another date at the open house.

12:30pm to 1:00pm: Short Tour of Aquarium Exhibits!

Have questions? Call the volunteer office Sunday through Thursdays at 718-265-3450 or email us at

Please note:

  • Volunteer Applicants must be at least 15 years of age or older to apply.

  • Applicants currently enrolled in high school will need a teacher recommendation form (available on the aquarium website or at the open house)

  • Applicants 18 years of age and older, if accepted, must submit and pass a background check.

  • Admission for this event is FREE for the Volunteer Applicant only. Accompanying guests must pay admission.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Volunteer Applicants must be a minimum of 15 years of age or older to apply. By registering for this event, you certify that you are at least 15 years of age or older.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Use this link for directions to the New York Aquarium:

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Have questions? Call the Volunteer Office Sunday through Thursdays at 718-265-3450 or email us at

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

While it is recommendaed that you bring your printed ticket, your name will be on our registration list at check in. So no need to worry if you left your tickets at home.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Becasue we would like to contact potential applicants, please be sure the names of all ticket holders match the names on the ticket. If you need to update ticket information before the event, please contact the Volunteer Office Sunday through Thursdays at 718-265-3450 or email us at

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