Jump in and join us! The water is just fine! Be active in the most innovative aquarium and education program around! Support by sponsoring a tank, becoming a partner or crew with our volunteers.
Check out our current partners here
Find a way to make waves for ocean education at the Aquarium!
Want to get involved in a hands-on way? Volunteering is for you!
Interested in learning more about Team ECCO’s current partners? Visit our Partners page. Be part of an amazing community that supports education to bring marine biology and research to inland North Carolina. Our partners work with us to continue ocean education and support student dreams by giving financial and /or public support. Contact Us to learn more.
Sponsoring a tank is a great way to help maintain and grow the Aquarium.
You can choose:
1. Tank sponsorship
A 14 month commitment, is tax deductible, and gets you some amazing perks! Each January we reboot all of our main exhibit tanks and come up with a cool new theme. In 2019 we will feature lighthouses! The main focus will be NC lighthouses - but be ready for some exciting trivia too! $150 for 8 1/2 x 5 tank sign $250 for 8 1/2 x 11 tank sign
2. Education Sponsorship
Help us bring more young people to the ocean! Sponsor a class for kids at a school of your choice, or let us work with a group in need.
SEA BASE $90 for a 50 minute class/visit for up to 30 total attending ( kids and chaperones)
$105 for a 1 1/2 hour program for up to 30 total attending (kids and chaperones)
$120 for a 2 hour program for up to 30 total attending (kids and chaperones)
SEA LINK $90 ( + travel / animal transport fees for a 50 minute program for up to 40 total attending (kids and chaperones)
* Sea Base programs happen at the Aquarium Sea Link are outreach to other sites
CONTACT US FOR FULL DETAILS
At Team ECCO, our volunteers and interns "own" the Aquarium! They are ready to share their knowledge with you during your visit educating you on our fish, reptile, or just answering questions about how we operate.
All volunteers start at the same level regardless of prior knowledge. Everyone learns from the ground up, and they teach each other. This policy ensures that every volunteer understands the importance of each job at the aquarium from sweeping the floors to feeding the sharks.
All inquiries begin by reaching out to us through our Contact form. Once you’ve submitted your request in writing we will contact you to set up an in-person interview. Be advised that if a prospective volunteer is under the age of 18, a parent must be present at the interview. We want to be completely transparent in our volunteer expectations, and a big part of fulfilling these expectations is parent understanding. The youngest volunteer age is 5th grade.
Selected volunteers will sign an agreement that outlines a code of conduct, dress code and expectation of responsibilities. Each volunteer undergoes a 30-day trial during which he/she can evaluate if they are interested in pursuing a volunteer position at Team ECCO. We understand that our volunteer selection and training process seems very structured- that is because it is. Our volunteers are getting in tanks with our animals and feeding them out of their hands, assisting with touch tank demonstrations or educating the public about what we do at Team ECCO. That knowledge requires training and we are committed to providing our volunteers with the best training there is, which can take time.
Volunteers graduate through 4 levels, and this graduation upward is based upon age, commitment, initiative, and drive. Between each level of volunteer there is a practical skills exam.