Conservation Education Volunteer

National Marine Aquarium

Plymouth, Devon

Volunteer • Part Time Oleta Forde

Sectors: environmental education, conservation & wildlife, marine conservation

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

About the Opportunity 

If you have a passion for the ocean and love talking, then this is the volunteer role for you! Join our fantastic volunteer team, interacting, engaging and inspiring our visitors about ocean animals and marine conservation. This is done through 1-1 interactions, artefact busking and mini talks.

Joining the Conservation Education Volunteer team is a fun opportunity to be part of a team. Volunteers gain invaluable experience in formal and informal education, public engagement and science communication. You do not need to have any previous knowledge as you will be provided with necessary training, including information and knowledge about marine environments, conservation and animals. 

Volunteers inspire and educate the public about marine life, which is vital to helping the National Marine Aquarium deliver its charitable objective of 'Connecting us with our Oceans'.

About National Marine Aquarium

The National Marine Aquarium is the largest public aquarium in the UK welcoming 300,000 visitors per year (including the 30,000 school students who engage with our innovative Just Add H2O Schools Programme). Our awe-inspiring exhibits, featuring marine animals from near and far, provide an environment that intrigues, inspires and motivates our visitors to engage with our conservation messages and hopefully do their bit to help protect the marine environment.

What are we looking for? 

Our Volunteer Programme is more suited to long term volunteering as there are lots of opportunities to get involved with to support the Discovery & Learning Team, there can also be a lot to remember in terms of species identification and mini show information. So, this opportunity would not really be suited to those looking for a short-term volunteering opportunity. To get the most out of this opportunity we would like volunteers to commit to at least one shift a week for a minimum of 4 months though ideally for longer.

Practical Considerations


  • Volunteer 1-3 days a week, shifts are 10am-4pm (6 hours long with a 30-minute lunch break)
  • Should have strong communication skills and enjoy talking
  • Ability to stand or walk for the shift (6 hours)
  • Should have an interest in the marine environment, prior knowledge is not essential as training is provided
  • Should have an interest in marine conservation
  • Need to be reliable and dedicated
  • To volunteer you must be aged 17 or over (If you are 17 you must have a letter of consent from a parent or guardian).
  • In line with the requirements of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996, all applicants must be eligible to live and work in the UK. As part of the recruitment process, you will be asked to provide documented evidence of eligibility.
  • The National Marine Aquarium Limited welcomes applications from all sections of the community and is an Equal Opportunities employer
  • We are unable to offer travel expenses and so our volunteers would need to be local to the Plymouth area.

How to Apply

  • You only need to apply a month or two in advance of the time you would ideally like to volunteer. We recruit all year round for volunteers and cannot guarantee a position too far in advance.
  • Please email a brief outline (no more than 200 words) of why you would like to Volunteer in the Discovery & Learning Team and any skills or experience you have that would make you a strong candidate, if you would like to you can also include a CV.
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