UGA Aquarium Volunteer

Are you passionate about marine life? Do you want to share your excitement for the coast with others? Learn about volunteer opportunities at the UGA Aquarium.

Volunteer Information

Volunteer applications are accepted January – March and August – October.
Learn more about becoming a volunteer here

Contact: Katie Higgins
Phone: 912.598.2364
Email: kt.higgins@uga.edu

Behind The Scenes Volunteer:  


  • 18+ years of age
  • Must have availability Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
  • Able to dedicate several hours twice a week
  • Comfortable with strenuous work and able to lift 50 lbs
  • Undergo and pass background check

Duties: (may include but aren’t limited to)

  • Cleaning, feeding, tank maintenance, water quality
  • General animal husbandry
  • Would be welcome to participate in other volunteer opportunities around the aquarium, such as assisting with programs, aquarium/touch tank docent, special events, and outreach programs.

UGA Aquarium Docent: 


  • Volunteers must be 18 +  or accompanied by an adult while on campus
  • Able to dedicate a few hours on Mondays, Wednesdays or Saturdays
  • Must pass background check


  • Assist visitors at the touch tanks
  • Provide interpretation in front of aquarium tanks and exhibits

Public Programs Volunteer:


  • Must be 18+
  • Able to dedicate time on Tuesdays 9:30 a.m. -noon or Thursdays 9:30-10:30 a.m.
  • Comfortable working with families and Pre-K age groups
  • Must pass background check


  • Assist with set up and teaching of family field trips, ages 5 and up
  • Assist with set up and teaching of family Pre-K aquarium explorations



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