Volunteer at Moody Gardens

Ready, Set, Go!

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us!

Are You Under 18?

CLICK HERE to explore our SAVY program.

Are You Over 18? 

CLICK HERE to see open positions to determine what interests you most and CLICK HERE to submit a regular application or CLICK HERE for a dive application.

What Roles are Available?

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 or 10 shifts (a shift is half a day) 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 team.

Listed above is a selection of positions immediately available upon acceptance into the program. If you are interested in the dive program please visit the Volunteer Diver Application. Additional 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 Aquaristare demanding, competitive, and require an internal application process.

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.


Our Adult Volunteer Program is for all individuals ages 18 and older with the ability to pass a background check, commit to 96 yearly hours, with a minimum of 40 hours or 10 shifts ( a shift is half a day) in front of the scenes and comfortably interact with guests as a representative of Moody Gardens. We do not accept individuals seeking court-appointed service hours and at this time we cannot accept international applicants.

Why Should You Volunteer?

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.

How to Become a Volunteer?

  • Read through the available positions above to determine what interests you most and submit an application or a dive application.
  • A member of Volunteer Services will contact you to sign up for an interview where you willreceive a better understanding of the program and the position(s) you are interested inworking.
  • During the Interview Session complete a Criminal History Background Check. (Upon clearance of your background check Volunteer Services will contact you with our available Orientation schedule.
  • Attend Orientation where you will learn about Moody Gardens as well as receive training on our customer service, safety, and general policies. Confirm your chosen volunteer area and schedule any training sessions that might be necessary for your area.
  • Attend any required training sessions and pass an associated knowledge assessment test.
  • Accept your volunteer name tag, volunteer shirt and official welcome!