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Become a Volunteer

Reef HQ Aquarium volunteers donate their time to assist Reef HQ Aquarium expand and improve services to visitors and the local community through providing support and assistance in a range of Reef HQ Aquarium's activities and special programs. The volunteer program enables the local community to become more involved with Reef HQ Aquarium, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park,  and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

The volunteer intake occurs once a year. An open night is held each year in early February to explain the program to interested people and to allow them to lodge an application.

What is a volunteers role?

Most of our volunteer positions are in the interpretation team. This involves talking to the visiting public at Reef HQ Aquarium about the marine life on display and to provide them with information about the Great Barrier Reef. Interpretive volunteers also help with general visitor information and some also do talks and tours (optional). Volunteer shifts are usually on a weekly or fortnightly basis for approximately four hours per shift.

In 2019, all available positions are within the interpretation team. There are only a limited number of volunteer positions available. Most positions are on weekends, however there are a few available spots on weekdays.

There are no positions available in the administration, exhibits or curatorial sections in 2019. Unfortunately, there are also no opportunities to volunteer in the turtle hospital or dive in our tanks.

What skills do I need?

No specific qualifications are required but applicants must be at least 18 years old. Applicants must have, or be willing to obtain, a blue card (suitability card) for working with children. Blue card applications can be made through the Reef HQ Volunteers Association upon being accepted into the volunteer training course.

How do I become a volunteer?

Reef HQ Aquarium accepts a limited number of volunteers each year.  An open night is held in early February to explain the program to those interested people and to allow them to lodge an application. After applications are received, potential volunteers are interviewed to match their interests and skills with the positions available.

Volunteers are asked to make a commitment to:

  • Support the goals of the volunteer program and the policies of Reef HQ Aquarium.
  • Undertake a nine week part-time training course offered on Wednesday evenings and some weekends in March, April and May ($65 fee applies).
  • Contribute four hours per week or fortnight for 12 months.
  • Contribute at least 50 hours of volunteering with us.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at Reef HQ Aquarium please come along to the Volunteer Open Night, which will be held on Wednesday 13 March 2019, 7pm at Reef HQ Aquarium. There is no need to register for the evening. Entry is via the Reef HQ Aquarium Night Entrance in Kelleher Place.

If you have missed the Open Night, you may still be able to apply. Applications for the 2019 intake close on Friday 15 March, 2019. Contact us at for further information.

Last published on 28/01/2015

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