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!

Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers! We are not accepting new volunteers until summer 2023.

Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Danielle Tikalsky with any questions: dtikalsky@glaquarium.org or 218-740 – 2015 .

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

Volunteer Positions

Exhibit Interpreter

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


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.

Lobby Greeter

Welcome visitors as they arrive to the Aquarium and answer basic questions regarding programs, locations, and animal information.

Otter Mascot

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

Other Volunteer Opportunities

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 Volunteer Coordinator Danielle Tikalsky at dtikalsky@glaquarium.org or 218-740 – 2015.