This application is for teens interested in becoming a long term volunteer at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Orientation for new volunteers is offered once a month, AUGUST through MARCH. 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 volunteer for 50 HOURS (8 hours a month for at least 6 months)
- Pay $50 volunteer program fee (or apply for a Scholarship to cover this cost before attending orientation)
- Submit one letter of recommendation from a teacher
- Have a cheerful, friendly attitude and be comfortable speaking with visitors

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 the days and times you are usually available to volunteer. You will be able to create your own schedule, but please keep in mind that you are required to volunteer for 8 hours a month for 6 months.


Emergency Contacts

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


Personal Reference

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 Program.


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 the Year-Round Teen Volunteer 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 tank).

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 at 910-772-0508.

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, asking staff or another volunteer for assistance, or by taking the visitor’s name, address, and question so that a staff member may respond to the question once an answer has been found.

10. I will fulfill my volunteer time commitment of 8 hours a month for 6 months (50 hours total including orientation).