Teen Volunteer Program

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. We have made the decision to cancel our Summer Naturalist Program and Jr. Camp Counselor Program.

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.

We are accepting applications for 2021 and the deadline is December 15 2020.

Click Here to Complete the Teen Application

Should you have any questions regarding the application or any of the volunteer programs, contact the Community Engagement Office by emailing volunteer@wavefoundation.org or calling 859.815.1424.

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 Naturalist:


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.

We are accepting applications for 2021, and deadline is December 15, 2020.
Interviews will take place in December 2020 – January 2021. Applicants that pass through the interview process will be called back for auditions before being accepted into the program.


Discovery Station:

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..

Click Here to complete the Discovery Station application

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 volunteer@wavefoundation.org or calling 859.815.1424.