This application is for teens that are interested in becoming a SUMMER volunteer at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Teen volunteers educate visitors at our touch pools, turtle exhibit, eagle exhibit, and carts. The teen intending on volunteering should fill out this application.
** Please note, we do not have any teen volunteer opportunities in husbandry, caring for our animals. Husbandry volunteers must be 18.

REQUIREMENTS TO VOLUNTEER
- 14-17 years old
- Commit to 8 hours/week from 6/16/19 - 8/10/19
- Pay $70 volunteer program fee (or apply for a Scholarship to cover this cost before attending orientation)
- Submit one letter of recommendation from a teacher
- Be comfortable speaking with visitors at exhibits

Students accepted into the summer program must be available Saturdays, May 11th and 18th for training.

DEADLINE TO APPLY ---------- Thursday, April 25
TRAINING DAY 1 ----------------- Saturday, May 11 (8:30 am - 3:00 pm)
TRAINING DAY 2 ----------------- Saturday, May 18 (8:30 am - 3:00 pm)
PROGRAM DATES -------------- June 16 - August 10

Name and address


Demographic Information

This information will only be used to give us a better idea of the demographic make-up of our volunteers.


Availability

Please indicate your top 5 preferences for shifts this summer. Two of your selected shifts will be assigned to you.
Morning: 9am-1pm
Afternoon: 1pm-5pm


Emergency Contacts

Please list two people that we may contact in case of an emergency.


Letter of Recommendation

Please list the name of the teacher who will be writing your letter of recommendation. Your teacher should e-mail their letter to austin.conley@ncaquariums.com describing why they feel you should be accepted into the Teen Volunteer Summer Program.


Work & Volunteer Experience

Please list any past work or volunteer experience. If you do not have any, please leave this section blank.


Getting to Know You

Please answer the following questions in COMPLETE sentences in the box below:

1) What are three words you would use to describe yourself?
2) As a volunteer, you will need to initiate conversations with our visitors. How comfortable are you introducing yourself to strangers and talking in front of people?
3) On a Saturday, would you rather: go to a movie with friends, read a book at home, or play a team sport at the park?
4) What is your greatest strength and why?
5) What is your greatest weakness and why?
6) Why do you want to volunteer at the aquarium?
7) What are your future educational and career goals?


Survey

How did you find out about Teen Volunteer Summer Program at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher?


Teen Volunteer Contract

--PLEASE READ--

I understand that as a teen volunteer at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, I must abide by the following rules and requirements, understanding that failure to do so may result in my discharge from the teen volunteer program.

1. I will remember that I am a representative of the Aquarium to the public and I will act in a mature and responsible manner. I will not use my phone when on duty.

2. I will follow the instructions of Aquarium staff and designated volunteers.

3. I will not handle any animals without NC Aquarium staff present (with the exception of the animals in the touch pool).

4. I will wear the appropriate attire when I come in for my shift including Aquarium t-shirt; khaki shorts, pants or skirt; closed- toed shoes; and a nametag.

5. I will wear my aquarium uniform only when I am scheduled to come in to work. I will not wear my uniform to gain free admission for myself or anyone else when I am not scheduled to come in.

6. I will only eat or drink in the designated break areas, not in exhibit areas.

7. I will be on time for all shifts I am scheduled for. If I must miss a shift or am running late, I will notify the Teen Volunteer Coordinator beforehand.

8. I will be courteous and respectful to all NC Aquarium staff, volunteers, and the public.

9. I will not guess or make up any answers to questions I am unsure of. Instead, I will find the answer by looking it up or asking staff or another volunteer for assistance.

10. I will fulfill my volunteer time commitment of 8 hours a week for 8 weeks.