Mote Marine Laboratory offers a competitive high school volunteer program for those students who are interested in marine science and education. Students selected will have the opportunity to earn service hour credit required for high school graduation. The students will serve as Aquarium Guides and interpret exhibits to guests. Training will be provided.

Eligibility Requirements

  • The SHSVP is for current high school students or students who will enter high school in the following school year.
  • High School graduates and high school students who will graduate before July, are ineligible for the SHSVP, but may apply as a regular volunteer if they are able to serve for at least 6 months.
  • SHSVP volunteers will attend a short series of orientation meetings (2-3) virtually, as well as attending an on-site walkthrough prior to the start of the program.
  • SHSVP volunteers must have transportation to and from Mote Marine Laboratory campus on Ken Thompson Parkway over the course of the program.
  • SHSVP volunteers must commit 32 service hours as an Aquarium Guide to complete the program.  One, 4-hour shift per week for a period of 8 weeks is the expectation, as the program’s duration is scheduled for 8 weeks.   As COVID has affected this past year’s school schedule, which in turn is affecting our available time-frame to conduct our program, there may be situations where 8 weeks is not possible.  We will approach each of these instances individually and will appreciate everyone’s flexibility in advance.  
  • Volunteers will be selected based on application, interview, and availability.

To apply for the 2021 Summer High School Volunteer Program, click HERE.  Once your application has been submitted, you will receive information on scheduling an in-person, on-site interview with one of our Volunteer Coordinators.  Best of luck to you and we hope to see you this summer here at Mote!

For questions, contact Mote's Volunteer Coordinator at