Vancouver Aquarium Youth Team Opportunities for Spring and Summer Break



Tuesday January 14th we are hosting an info session for Youth and parents to come and learn more about the YouthToSea program and the commitment involved with it. 7:00pm at the Aquarium.

Please email to register spaces are limited.

Ocean Wise is proud to be launching our YouthToSea Spring and Summer Leadership Programs in 2020. For those of you involved in youth volunteering in the past, this program is our AquaCamps Work Experience program, but amped up to offer more development/opportunity.

These programs are designed to offer youth (14-18) an opportunity to build their personal leadership, problem-solving and life skills. Youth in the program will volunteer in our AquaCamps at the Vancouver Aquarium during our Spring or Summer sessions working with children. Youth volunteers will expand their social network, increase their marine conservation knowledge, connect with their community and gain employment skills.


Students who complete the Leadership Program will receive:

  • 120+ hours of volunteer service
  • Ocean Wise Animal Handling Certification
  • WHMIS Certification
  • CAN Autism Training
  • Ocean Wise Leadership Program Certificate of Completion
  • Opportunity to join member-only workshops/events at the Vancouver Aquarium
  • Valuable work experience and professional contacts

There is also an opportunity to complete an original ocean conservation service project of their choosing with an Ocean Wise mentor as well as access to the YouthToSea Microgrants – where students can apply for grants to fund their ocean service ideas! Youth who complete the program will be invited to the Showcase event in October 2020 – which is a weekend of outdoor learning including camp activities, water activities, presentations, networking opportunities and fun & games of course! The program is fully funded, there is no cost to the students to participate – all offsite training and certifications are included.

If you’re interested by cannot commit to the full placement, we will still have a few part-time positions available which have a much lower hour commitment.

Returning Aquarium volunteers will be given first opportunity to sign up for the program in Spring and Summer. There is no need to re-apply on the website, if you are interested in the program please contact to let us know which placement you are interested in by the application date!

More information including how to apply, placement dates/times, and FAQ’s can be found at: