The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) sponsors a volunteer program to allow interested individuals an opportunity to gain educational experience in a world-class marine facility. Volunteers are integral and valued contributors to ASLC’s mission of generating and sharing scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska’s marine ecosystems.
Gain valuable, hands on experience
Discounts on Gift Shop merchandise - 20% discount on non-sale items
Discounts at Haul Out Cafe
Guests accompanying volunteers will receive a 20% discount on gate admission and programs
Free or discounted admission to some state/local attractions, hotels and restaurants (with ASLC ID)
Free admission to ASLC for volunteers, their spouse, children, parents, grandparents and grandchildren
Worker's compensation benefits
Complete and submit a volunteer application and attend mandatory training
Must be at least 14 yrs of age, 16 to work in the Husbandry or Laboratory Departments or apply with HR for the Parent-Partner Interpreter Program (at least 9 yrs of age)
Most positions require a commitment of at least 4 hours a week for at least 4 months or equivalent
No experience necessary
Bring your enthusiasm
Must be able to commit to a consistent schedule and be on time for scheduled shifts
Must have effective communication skills, both oral and written, be detail oriented and willing to work
Must be able to work independently as well as part of a team
Comply with policies and procedures
Must be comfortable with the use of animals for research purposes
Ability to handle confidential information
Applicants should be agile with a good sense of balance in order to maneuver around the exhibits and holding areas
Must be able to lift 50 pounds
Applicants must possess the ability to adapt to an every-changing work environment
Must be able to perform physically challenging work in a variety of weather conditions, including snow, ice and rain
Must be familiar with operation of computers and software including Word, Excel, and Access
Applicants must possess the ability to interact with visitors in a professional manner
"This was an awesome experience. I made many new friends and learned much more about birds and their ecosystems."
"I was very impressed by all the opportunities I was given to learn and participate."
"ASLC is a great place to get marine animal exposure and learn about the marine field."
"It was a wonderful experience, the people are great!"
"I had a fabulous time working at ASLC!"
All volunteer positions may include performing other duties related to the Center's goals and mission statement.