Volunteer with the Fish

Since opening in 2010, the Living Art Marine Center in Honolulu Hawaii has grown into a staple for marine science education and a local favorite for families to enjoy the beauty of the undersea world. As of 2018, the Living Art Marine Center is permanently closed. Volunteers are no longer accepted. This page is for your reference purposes only.

Always wanted to volunteer "with the fish?" Looking to get a head start on your senior project or community service? Want to build your resume or do you like to help out and teach other people about our underwater environment?
Support our educational mission to teach people about the beautiful underwater world and volunteer with us.

- assist the tour guides
- help with arts and crafts (i.e. Gyotaku fish print and shell carving)
- interpret animals at our tide pool animal touch area
- assist during our guided reef walks
- have a lot of fun and learn about marine life
Interested to do even more than this? Look into signing up for a "Career Exploration" mini-internship.

How do I get started?

Check the volunteer requirements below to see if volunteering is right for you.
Fill out the form below to get in touch with our Volunteer Coordinator.
We'll get in touch with you to schedule an appointment and an interview to talk about the possibilities.

Volunteer Requirements:

Must be 16 years or older to be a volunteer
(underage volunteers need parental consent).
Be willing to commit to volunteer for at least 20 hours per season.
Knowledge about fish is not needed, we will teach you everything.

High school and home school students:

We accept students in their junior or senior year in high school.
Home schooled students are welcome to apply as well.
Younger than 16? Please contact us for the possibilities.

Download volunteer sign-up form

Volunteer Experiences
Volunteers will have a chance to come along for our popular Reef Walk programs. Here you can learn about local marine life in shallow waters. Volunteers can enjoy teaching others about the beauty of marine life, and help us catch reef critters to observe.
A big part of the volunteer experience is working with our school group visitors. Kids enjoy learning about marine life through tours, crafts, and animal interactions. Would you like to help with this?

Career Exploration

Do you have an interest in marine science, ocean animals, or education? Are you looking for a place to get some real life hands-on experience that can help you prepare for your dream job? Look no further. The Living Art Marine Center offers un-paid part-time internship opportunities for high school and college students pursuing a career in Marine Science. Through a unique hands-on learning program, participants learn about marine animal classification, salt water aquarium set-up and maintenance, fish feeding, and public education.

Career Exploration Applicants:

1. are at least 16 years old and enrolled in high school or college(home-schooled welcome).
2. are able to commit to 4 hours per week for the duration of 4 months total
(or 2 months total for summer interns).
3. are comfortable, responsible, and respectful around live animals as well as guests.
4. can arrange their own transportation to the Marine Center.

Career Exploration Benefits:

1. Get valuable hands-on experience in the field of Marine Science, Education, and Aquarium Husbandry.
2. Flexible schedule.
3. More responsibilities and opportunities than regular volunteer work.
4. We'll work with your college or school to get school credit.

How do I sign up?

Application package includes:
1. Application form.
2. Statement of interest - let us know what your interests are.
3. Signed waiver form.
Email to education@livingartmarinecenter.org or send by regular mail.

Intern Experiences
Mahalo to our interns from Queen Lili'uokalani Children's Center and Assets School for their hard work.
Mahalo to our interns from Queen Lili'uokalani Children's Center and Assets School for their hard work.
Interns help with the preparation of our craft activities and assist our visitors with making beautiful ocean art.
Learn how to set-up and maintain salt water aquariums.
Learn how to set-up and maintain salt water aquariums.
Interns have a chance to tag along with the animal caretaker to help with cleaning the habitats and feeding our fish.