Volunteer Opportunities

Do you live in Sidney or Greater Victoria? Are you interested in giving back to your community and learning about the Salish Sea at the same time? Win, win, right?



Greet our visitors and help them explore the habitats and marine life of the Salish Sea. We provide the training you need to answer questions about our marine life. It’s the knowledge and friendliness of our volunteers that inspire our visitors to return again and again.

We usually require a commitment of one year, working at least 5 hours per month. Each shift is 2.5 hours and includes a short enrichment/briefing session so you can learn something new, or update your knowledge on our animals and their habitats.


Mikes Patterson Volunteer (left), Mark Loria, Executive Director (centre), and Rebecca Hansen Volunteer and Youth Summer Volunteer Coordinator (right).

Mikes Patterson Volunteer (left), Mark Loria, Executive Director (centre), and Rebecca Hansen Volunteer and Youth Summer Volunteer Coordinator (right).


Interested in joining our Board of Directors? We’re currently looking for community leaders just like you! 



Assist our Animal Care Team and ensure we showcase our live exhibits and marine creatures to the best standards at all times. You will be trained to assist our well qualified aquarists in caring, feeding and cleaning habitats for all the animals in our care.

* Must have at least 40hrs experience as a Volunteer Naturalist.



If you love working with children or adolescents and are available during school hours, consider becoming a School Programs volunteer. Help our Education staff deliver curriculum focused school programs from preschool to grade 12.

You choose the level of instruction at which you are comfortable. We are flexible and all training is provided.




Now in its second year, our Summer Youth Volunteer Program is a great way for youth, ages 13–17, to become engaged in marine science. This program includes games, activities and field trips to understand the Salish Sea and its inhabitants, as well as, gain valuable work experience.  Youth will receive volunteer training and hands-on experience working within our galleries assisting visitors from all over the world.  Space is limited. An application and interview process will be used to select candidates. *This program is funding dependent. Watch this space for updated information.


Year-round Youth Program volunteer

If you are thirteen years or older, you can apply to work as a volunteer naturalist, talking to visitors in the aquarium. Learn and have fun, all while gaining volunteer hours for school and future work references! We provide all the training.

Volunteer Application Form

Name *
Address *
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Age *
A waiver must be completed for youth volunteers (13-17 years). All adult volunteers must complete a criminal record check (no charge).
Please read and check to confirm your agreement *
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To learn more about our volunteer opportunities, please call: Tara Gilroy-Scott, Volunteer + Visitor Experience Manager at 250 665 7511 ext. 102, or email: volunteer@salishseacentre.org