Discovery and Learning

Volunteering on the Team

As a Discovery and Learning Volunteer, you will be part of our fantastic Host team. Your main role will be to interact with, engage and inspire our visitors about our animals and marine conservation. These interactions take many forms including informal chats, busking activities and mini shows. Hosting is great for improving communication skills and gaining confidence. It gives volunteers invaluable experience in formal and informal education and public communication. It is also great fun and an opportunity to be part of a team. Other opportunities often arise including working with our visitors in our Creative Centre (during weekends and holidays), being involved in tours and birthday parties and assisting in one-off events such as rockpooling, fish dissections and representing the National Marine Aquarium at shows and events around Plymouth. Volunteers can also get involved in formal education including school tours, art and science workshops.

Further information:

  • Positions available for applicants aged 17+
  • Shifts 10am – 4pm (weekends and holiday shifts available)
  • Great for improving your communication skills

Can you offer us something else? If you have other skills that you would like to offer, please get in contact! If you are interested in any of these opportunities or would like to know more, e-mail us at


Work Experience with the Team

Here at the National Marine Aquarium, we pride ourselves in providing the opportunity for young people to experience working in our Discovery and Learning Team, supporting us in achieving our aim of ‘Driving Marine Conservation through Engagement’. Pupils get the opportunity to communicate with members of the public, teach them about a wide variety of marine life and to educate visitors on marine conservation issues. They are also provided with the opportunity to shadow the teaching of school groups and to carry out some independent project work suited to their area of interest. Through such activities students are able to improve their presentation skills, gain confidence in communicating with others and experience working as part of a team. The placement also allows pupils to become more aware of the variety of careers open to someone with a Marine Biology/Zoology qualification.

Please note: The work experience placements we have on offer are only designed for pupils who have been requested to find a placement by their school and who are between the ages of 14-17. We only take on one student per placement so that we can dedicate time to ensuring they get the most out of their time with us. The placements take place during term time and last one week only.

If this sounds like an opportunity you would be interested in, please send us a CV and letter stating why you would like a placement here. You can email these documents to, or alternatively you can post them to the following address:

Karen Willcocks
National Marine Aquarium
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