Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in joining our Board of Directors? We’re currently looking for community leaders just like you! Click here to learn more.

Why should I volunteer for the Centre? Check out Executive Director Mark Loria’s answer here.


     Mikes Patterson (l) Volunteer, Mark Loria, Executive Director (c), and Rebecca Hansen (r) Volunteer and Youth Summer Volunteer Coordinator

Volunteer Naturalists

Greet our visitors and help them explore the habitats and marine life of the Salish Sea. We provide the training you need to answer questions about our marine life. It’s the knowledge and friendliness of our volunteers that inspire our visitors to return again and again.

We usually require a commitment of one year, working at least 5 hours per month. Each shift is 2.5 hours and includes a short enrichment/briefing session so you can learn something new, or update your knowledge on our animals and their habitats.

Click here to submit an online application.

School Programs

If you love working with children or adolescents and are available during school hours, consider becoming a School Programs volunteer. Help our Education staff  deliver  curriculum focused school programs from preschool to grade 12.

You choose the level of instruction at which you are comfortable  – we are flexible and all training is provided.

Contact oceaneer1@oceandiscovery.ca to express interest.

Summer Youth Program *This program is now full for 2016

Now in its second year, our Summer Youth Volunteer Program is a great way for youth—ages 13-17—to become engaged in marine science. This program includes games, activities and field trips to understand the Salish Sea and its inhabitants, as well as, gain valuable work experience.  Youth will receive volunteer training and hands-on experience working within our galleries assisting visitors from all over the world. Commitment is one 6 hour day per week from July 14-September 1. Space is limited—an Application and interview process will be used to select candidates.

For more information about this program please visit Summer 2015’s blog here and watch https://youtu.be/vgkntxLLch4. Contact oceaneer1@oceandiscovery.ca or volunteer@oceandiscovery.ca for more information.



Year-round Youth Program

If you are thirteen years or older, you can apply to work as a volunteer naturalist, talking to visitors in the aquarium. Learn and have fun, all while gaining volunteer hours for school and future work references! We provide all the training.

Click here to submit an online application

Aquarist Assistant

Assist our Animal Care Team and ensure we showcase our live exhibits and marine creatures to the best standards at all times. You will be trained to assist our well qualified aquarists in caring, feeding and cleaning habitats for all the animals in our care.



Click here to submit an online application.

*To apply for School Programs, please email oceaneer1@oceandiscovery.ca

Click here to download an application to mail or hand deliver.

*To apply for School Programs, please email oceaneer1@oceandiscovery.ca

To learn more about our volunteer opportunities, please call: Tara Gilroy-Scott, Volunteer + Visitor Experience Manager  250.665.7511 ext. 102, or email:  volunteer@oceandiscovery.ca