An aquarium volunteer talking to a young man about a stuffed animal otter.

Introduce Aquarium visitors to animals and ecosystems from Lake Superior and around the world!  Share your knowledge of fish, shipping, geology and many other topics with visitors of all ages in the exhibit galleries. Whichever volunteer opportunity you choose, you’ll have the ultimate insider experience at Great Lakes Aquarium!

Volunteer Benefits

  • Free admission anytime for the volunteer plus one guest
  • Free parking
  • 30% discount in the gift shop
  • A chance to have a fun, educational and fulfilling experience

Dive Volunteer


Dive in our 26 foot deep exhibits, hand feed 6-foot sturgeon, and help keep our exhibits clean. Must be open water certified and have completed 10 open water dives, at least two of which are cold water dives.

Questions? Please contact Jorie Strunk, Dive Safety Officer at jstrunk@glaquarium.org.

Dive Volunteer Position Description

For other volunteer please us the application under “Other Volunteer Opportunities”

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Exhibit, Lobby and Mascot Volunteers

We are now accepting applicants for non-diver volunteers.
Open volunteer positions and descriptions are listed below.

Questions? Please contact Jacob Behrens, Volunteer Coordinator, at volunteers@glaquarium.org or (218) 740-2007.

Exhibit Interpreter
Enrich our visitors’ experiences by providing hands-on activities and information about animals and exhibits around the aquarium.
Exhibit Interpreter Volunteer Position Description

Lobby Greeter
Welcome visitors as they arrive to the Aquarium and answer basic questions regarding programs, locations, and animal information.
Lobby Greeter Volunteer Position Description

Otter Mascot
The Otter Mascot volunteer performs at special events in the community and other functions as requested by the Volunteer Coordinator.
Otter Mascot Position Description

Larger Volunteer Group and One-time Volunteers

Looking to volunteer with a large group? Hoping to volunteer for a special event (like Scarium or Otters’ Birthday)? We’re excited to set up an opportunity for you! Contact volunteers@glaquarium.org or (218) 740-2007.