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Become a Volunteer Diver

  • Ongoing professional training

  • Individual Plus Aquarium membership (after 50 hours of service)

  • First-hand look at behind-the-scenes operations

  • 20% Aquarium gift shop discount

  • Recognition, guest passes, and awards for hours served

  • Volunteer appreciation events

  • Satisfaction of knowing you are helping us in our mission to protect, conserve and inspire conservation of San Francisco Bay and its watershed, from the Sierra to the Sea.

Position Description:

On SCUBA, assist with the underwater maintenance of aquarium exhibits, including underwater vacuuming and scrubbing. Other duties include setup and break-down of vacuum pumps, preparing food, performing broadcast feedings, and assisting with in-water sevengill shark target feeding


Must be a certified SCUBA diver with a minimum of 10 logged dives and experience with cold water diving. Must also have a current dive physical, be first aid certified, and necessary dive equipment (booties, gloves, and mask).


Must be at least 18 years old, able to lift at least 50 pounds, and in good physical condition. Must be comfortable underwater and around various aquarium animals, including rays and sharks. Must also pass in-water and written dive tests.


Must be able to work one eight-hour shift per week for a minimum of six months and commit to an initial training period of two months.

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