The Two Oceans Aquarium has been open for almost 20 years and has grown to become a business of more than 100 staff members. In reality, however, we have close to 400 people “working” in this building, because 75% of our workforce happens to consist of volunteers. Ranging from volunteers who have been with us from the very beginning to Young Biologists who qualified less than a week ago, our extended family is as diverse and interesting as they come.

In order to become a volunteer of the Two Oceans Aquarium, you are required to complete a seven-week training session, during which our Environmental Education team teaches you about the ins and outs of the flora and fauna of our marine coastline. Training is essential; we want to make extra-sure that you know what to say to our visitors.

A volunteer’s first 45 hours is spent at our Microscope and Touch Pool exhibits, educating our visitors about the amazing creatures and plants found along our coast. After those initial 45 hours there is a sea of other volunteering opportunities to explore, such as behind the scenes (BTS) volunteering, where you get the great honour of gutting squid in the Aquarium feed prep room, assisting with one of our educational programmes in the Environmental Education Centre, or eventually becoming a penguin volunteer and looking after our feathered friends.

There are many opportunities for volunteers of the Aquarium and hard work and commitment can open many doors. It will also mean that you make life-long friends, with the same interest in the oceans and the wish to conserve this magnificent ecosystem.

“Did you know? Many of our permanent staff members started as volunteers. ”

Are you ready to become a Two Oceans Aquarium volunteer?

Applicants must be 18 years or older, need to be prepared to attend all of the training sessions during the seven weeks of training (training takes place on Saturdays) which will start late January 2016 and, once qualified, need to be able to volunteer at least once a month.

Applications are open from 1 to 14 November 2015. In order to apply, fill in the form below:​

Volunteer application form

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