After careful consultation with our partners at Newport Aquarium and our Board of Directors regarding the health and safety of everyone involved in our summer programming. Our Summer Naturalist and Jr. Camp Counselor programs are currently suspended due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.
WAVE Foundation prides itself on educating our leaders of tomorrow. Teens can jump in to helping in a unique environment. This is a great opportunity for teens who are interested in aquatic life and conservation.
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Should you have any questions regarding the application or any of the volunteer programs, contact the Community Engagement Office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 859.815.1404.
Jr. Camp Counselor:
The Junior Camp Counselor Program is an educational boot camp for 14 to 17 year old individuals interested in a career in science, teaching, or working with children. Students will learn about our animals, the Aquarium exhibits, local and global conservation efforts, techniques for teaching children as well as behavior modification. During Camp WAVE, junior counselors will assist in storytelling, game initiating, page coloring, home sick mending, high-five giving, line leading, note taking, clue charading, and world changing interpretive moments.
For a junior camp counselor, we require a minimum of 24 full days, Mon-Fri, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, June 1st – August 7th. There is a strong preference for junior counselors to volunteer at least three days a week.
Summer naturalists provide exhibit interpretation and engage guests throughout the Aquarium. The Summer Naturalist program is for high school students ages 14 to 17 years. Students receive training about our animals, and exhibits. Students must commit to a minimum of 100 hours on the exhibit floor from May through Labor Day weekend. Orientation and training will take place prior to May.
Teen applicants must also submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher, mentor or adult sponsor (other than a parent) with their application.
The Discovery Station Interpreter serves as an educator who is instrumental in the delivery of educational and conservation material utilizing the Discovery Station artifacts. This interpretive position for is perfect for people who enjoy interacting with guests! We have three Discovery Stations based around Saving Animals from Extinction (SAFE). We focus our carts on African penguins, sea turtles and sharks! Each cart is filled with interesting hands-on artifacts ranging from shark jaws, to fake sea turtle nests to penguin feathers. Our Discovery Station volunteers will educate our guests about these artifacts and how we can save animals from extinction together! Discovery Station volunteers must be 16 years or older.
The Discovery Station volunteer opportunity is currently at capacity. We encourage you to submit an application to be kept on file for when positions become available..
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Applications completed online will be automatically submitted to WAVE Foundation’s Community Engagement Office. Should you have any questions regarding the application or any of the volunteer opportunities, contact us by emailing email@example.com or calling 859.815.1424.