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Become an Aquarium volunteer

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Become an Aquarium volunteer

Volunteer applications are now closed. 

You've been waiting patiently, but we're very pleased to announce that applications are open for new Two Oceans Aquarium volunteers - you just need to complete a short training programme!

Our volunteers are people who love the ocean and offer up some of their free time to help us spread the love of the ocean and its inhabitants. You don't need any prior experience or qualifications to become a volunteer, so this is the perfect opportunity for people who want a taste of what their future career in marine science may hold, or who already have a career in an unrelated field and simply want a hobby that keeps them in touch with the ocean. Young or old - all are welcome.

Volunteer induction course information:

  • Course 1: Saturdays (x6) 19 August to 30 September, 09h00 to 13h00
  • Course 2: Mondays (x6) 21 August to 25 September, 13h00 to 17h00
  • Requirements: Ages 17+, a willingness to volunteer at the Aquarium in Cape Town, and a love of the ocean!
  • Cost: R500 per person (R250 for registered SA students and pensioners)
  • Contact for more information

Course format:

Our two Volunteer Training Programmes will begin on 19 and 21 August 2023 respectively, under the care of marine sciences educators of the Two Oceans Aquarium Foundation. The course will take place over 6 days, consisting primarily of self-study content, and in-person practical sessions at the Aquarium and assessments. Topics covered are useful outside the Aquarium and as a volunteer - you'll learn all about life on South Africa's rocky shorelines, the differences in life between our two oceans, and the seaweeds and invertebrates that live around the Cape Peninsula.

Once your course is completed and you've passed the assessments, you may volunteer on the floor with our visitors, educating them on the animals and plants found along our coastline. We require each new volunteer to begin as a front-of-house volunteer for a prescribed number of shifts, and to meet a minimum level of commitment before being allowed to assist in other roles behind the scenes - but if you stick with the programme, you'll be able to get involved wherever your passion lies at the Aquarium!


Please complete the form below (it may take a moment to load). Once completed, a member of our team will get in touch with payment details for the registration fee.

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