High School

Recruitment for summer 2018 opens January 8, 2018.

Program Details

The Teen Conservation Leader program provides an important volunteer service to the Aquarium, our guests and our communities. During a fun and intensive two-week training at the beginning of the summer, students learn basic marine biology and ocean conservation. Upon completion of the training, students provide exhibit interpretation for our guests. As a Teen Conservation Leader, students develop important job and life skills, build self-confidence and earn community service hours.

During their first summer, TCL students participate in the Guest Track. Students hone their interpretation skills and provide enriching guests experiences. Students become familiar with Aquarium stories and animals while sharing their passion for conservation. Applicants should have an interest in actively communicating with visitors of all ages and backgrounds.

Additional volunteer opportunities are available only to TCL volunteers who have participated in the summer program. These opportunities include assisting in special events at the Aquarium, supporting a variety of education programs, or interpreting exhibits for guests.

Requirements for applying:

  • Grade level: Be currently enrolled in high school or entering high school next fall
  • Ages: 14 or older
  • Demonstrate an eagerness to learn and to work with people of all ages and backgrounds
  • Be proficient in English and comfortable with science vocabulary
  • Volunteer for approximately eight-hour days as assigned
  • Be available to attend all important program dates, as listed below

Important dates:

January 7

Information meeting at 1:30 or 3:30 p.m. in the Aquarium Discovery Labs. We highly recommend attending the information meeting prior to applying.

January 28

Application and recommendation form due

March 10–11

Interviews by invitation only


Summer orientation, details to be determined

June 11–15 and June 18–21

Mandatory training from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Start and end times will vary. No day will be longer than eight hours.

June 24–August 4

Students select two consecutive, eight-hour shifts each week:

  • Sunday/Monday
  • Wednesday/Thursday
  • Friday/Saturday

July 3, 10, 17 and 31

Summer conservation events, details to be determined

How to apply:

Applications and recommendation forms for summer 2018 will be available online on January 8. Each applicant must submit one recommendation form along with the application, due January 28.

For more information about TCL, email Teen Programs at teenprograms@mbayaq.org.