Join Our Team! Volunteer!


If you love and respect the underwater world and want to have fun, being a WAVE Foundation volunteer is for you. WAVE Foundation has 500 volunteers that perform different responsibilities in our community and at Newport Aquarium. In return for your time, you will discover the wonders of the aquatic life and the importance of conservation while meeting people from around the world. WAVE Foundation is always looking for volunteers with diverse backgrounds. Each volunteer is a treasured addition to our WAVE family.

WAVE Volunteers Make Us Happy!

WAVE Foundation appreciates our volunteers. We thought it would be fun to make a short video to show the diversity of our team in our community. We could not do it without you!

Who Can Volunteer?

Anyone! No fish experience is needed. Year-round volunteers must be 18 years or older, younger volunteers are welcome to join the Summer Naturalist and Jr. Camp Counselor Programs.

Volunteer Schedules

We’re flexible. We appreciate and value your time and have several volunteer options so one is bound to fit into your schedule. We need volunteers on weekdays, weekends and evenings for a range of special events.


There are dozens of benefits to volunteering, but here are some quick highlights:

  • Discounts at the gift shop, Sharky’s Cafe, and Sweet Dreams Candy store
  • Newport Aquarium passes
  • Participate in social activities
  • Unlimited special awards and recognition opportunities

If you have questions about our volunteer program, please email volunteer@wavefoundation.org or call the Community Engagement Office at 859.815.1424.

Volunteer Opportunities