Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer at Moody Gardens!
CLICK HERE to explore our SAVY program.
CLICK HERE to submit a General Volunteer application.
CLICK HERE to submit a Dive Volunteer application.
*We will be accepting new applications in the months of January and September.
Our Adult Volunteer Program is for all individuals ages 18 and older with the ability to pass a background check, commit to a minimum 8 hours per month, with a minimum of 40 hours in front of the scenes before being eligible to apply for additional volunteer positions, and comfortably interact with guests as a representative of Moody Gardens. Additional volunteer positions become available with the accrual of 40 hours of volunteer service. Accrued hours do not guarantee acceptance into any position. Advanced volunteer positions, such as Assistant Rainforest Keeper and Assistant Aquarist, are demanding, competitive, and require an internal application process.
We do not accept individuals seeking court-appointed service hours and at this time we cannot accept international applicants.
Interested in the Moody Gardens Volunteer Diver Program? Below are the requirements to be completed before helping our staff maintain exhibits and work with animals underwater. Before submitting your application, be sure to review these and ensure you are able to make the dates work with your schedule. These will be covered in greater detail during interviews for successful applicants.
» AAUS Medical ($225) due by March 17 prior to taking swim test (2.5 weeks after orientation)
» Swim Test (must pass swim test): March 20 to 24 each day 6 – 8 pm at Texas City Doyle Natatorium, and March 25 from 10 am to noon.
» DAN First Aid Class (must be able to attend one full day): March 4; April 8; May 6; June 10; July 8
» 2 shifts completed volunteering prior to DAN Class
» Check out dive upon completion of all other requirements
Our volunteers are a diverse group of individuals that comprise a variety of professions, backgrounds, and ages. Each has a distinct passion to share our mission with our guests. In exchange for volunteers sharing their passion with us the Volunteer Program offers professional development opportunities, social events, member benefits, recognition of service, and opportunities to learn about and get an up close look at how Moody Gardens operates.
As a public, non-profit educational destination utilizing nature in the advancement of rehabilitation, conservation, recreation and research, most of our volunteers initially focus on guest experience for a minimum of 40 hours and then based off of availability may apply to work behind the scenes alongside our staff keepers and aquarists. The exception to this is for those interested in the Volunteer Dive Program.
We also encourage skill specific applicants. If you have a passion for sharing a specific skill (e.g. marketing, events, arts, electrical, etc) please submit an application and contact us directly detailing your interest.