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Volunteer Opportunities 

The World Aquarium is currently looking for volunteer carpenters, plumbers and electricians. All staff must give guided educational tours to the public as well.  Degrees preferred, but hiring based upon experience.   If you meet these qualifications, please send a cover letter and resume to the President at LSAQUAMAN@AOL.COM.

If you have an interest in biology, animals and the environment and a few hours to spare on a regular basis, consider joining our volunteer team.  Volunteers at the World Aquarium work alongside our professional staff, interact with the public, give guided tours through exhibit realms, and help maintain exhibits. No experience is necessary other than a well honed smile.

Children age 12 and up are eligible for our Volunteer program. Volunteers must come in for a regular shift of 4 hours. Regular attendance and 100% commitment is expected of all Volunteers. Due to our small staff, we can only accept highly motivated and dedicated applicants.

Volunteer Responsibilities

  • Helping Visitors
    Volunteers work on the exhibit floor providing information to our visitors about our exhibits and assisting with animal interaction.
  • Education
    Volunteers give guided tours to groups visiting the aquarium and are encouraged to volunteer for 2-4 tours per month to keep up to date on our ever-changing environment.
  • Exhibit Maintenance
    Volunteers assist the staff with regular daily maintenance such as cleaning exhibits, wiping algae, cleaning exhibit areas and equipment. Other assigned tasks may include duties pertaining to water quality, animal handling and feeding.

If your child would like to learn what it is like to work in an aquarium but cannot commit to a regular program, consider spending a day with our staff at Sea Camp.

Ready to Volunteer?

If you are ready to volunteer in an interactive and fun environment, please download and submit a Volunteer Application.

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‘Artist Apprentices’ Opportunities 

Art students and artists to serve as apprentices in the creation of murals for the new World Aquarium. Apprentices will assist the artist in the following ways: Prepare and mount painting substrate to the studio wall. Assist artist in applying the imprimatura (colored ground) to the canvas. Utilize the grid method to transfer drawings to the painting surface. Assist artist in creating the underpainting; blocking in color areas on canvas and developing the color shapes based on the transferred drawing. Serve as studio assistants in the creation of the mural in any way needed, moving scaffolding while artist paints, mixing paints and mediums, applying final varnish, washing brushes and occasionally running for supplies. Materials are water-based acrylic artist’s paints and mediums. When mural panels are completed, removing the panels from the wall, and preparing them for storage or shipment.
Of artist Brian Mahieu Professor Emeritus of Painting Frank Stack said: “I believe that he is now” the finest landscape painter in Missouri, sensitive, energetic and prolific. One of the best painters working in the country at the present time.”
View the step-by-step process of the first mural in this album on the artist’s Facebook page:
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Submit: your resume and cover letter to

Internship Opportunities 

Please Note:   Internship programs MUST be a part of an education curriculum. You must be doing these programs for credit, whether you are in high school or college. If it is not a part of your school’s curriculum, please consider our Volunteer Program.

Job Shadow (High School)
Ever consider a career in an aquarium? Here is a wonderful opportunity to visit World Aquarium for a day and find out what really goes on in front of and behind the scenes. Learn about the job skills needed as well as the subjects that are involved in this interesting and complex occupation.
*Job Shadowing must be arranged through your school! Please have your guidance counselor call and arrange a job shadowing experience at 314-647-6011.  If you have any questions, please email us at

High School Internships
This program is designed for high school students who wish to gain experience in marine biology, research, or education. This must be part of your school curriculum (1 day/week with 1 semester minimum) as either an internship credit or an independent study credit. Interns work with our animal care staff in caring for the animals, interact with the public, give guided tours to students through exhibit realms, and do exhibit maintainenance.  It is a fun way for students to be learning about possible careers in these exciting fields. Download Application

College Internships
This program allows college students (undergraduate and graduate) to do supervised activities for college credit. There are four different types of internship programs available for college students, including:

  • Research
  • Education
  • Public relations/advertising
  • Exhibit Design

In the Research Internship, students are given the opportunity to select from several areas of bench research currently conducted. These areas currently include:

  • Aquaculture of many fish species, shrimp species, coral reef culture
  • Environmental research involving agricultural waste products, pathenogenic protection methodology for aquacultural species; and biodiversity sustainability studies associated with global ecosystems

In the Educational Internship programs, students work on developing cultural environmental learning programs, religious biodiversity learning programs, and information methodologies for current and new aquariums.

The Public Relations/Advertising Internship includes:

  • Developing projects that promote our summer activities
  • Building national public relationship and advertising awareness
  • Implementing a capital campaign program
  • Creating the national science literacy program
  • And much more

An Exhibit Design Internship gives students who want to specialize in zoo and aquarium exhibit design the experience of implementing their exhibit designs. Activities include:

  • Learning the facets of animal enclosures
  • Formulating ideas for creative exhibits
  • Determining proper exhibit materials
  • Drafting sketches and blueprints
  • Creating a budget
  • Students may also be involved in construction of their exhibit idea, if applicable

Students will find the internship experience to be helpful for future careers.

Please submit your application along with the reference form, a cover letter, your resume, a writing sample (i.e. research paper), and a copy of your transcripts (can be unofficial).

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