Clown Fish at The Living Planet Aquarium

Volunteer FAQ

Do I need a science background to volunteer at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium?

No, but we would prefer that you have a science interest!

How may I monitor the progress of my application?

Once we have decided we would make a good team, you will be contacted for an interview.  Your patience in this process is greatly appreciated.  Not all applicants will be contacted.

After I apply what happens next?

The LLPA interviews for the Adult Volunteer Program on a quarterly basis. We conduct interviews in January, April, July, and October. Applicants selected for an interview will be notified via email approximately two weeks prior to the interview day. 

SMYLE Program interviews are only held once per year, and interviews for the program will be held in May. 

Are all volunteer candidates accepted?

The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium is a world-class institution that receives a high volume of volunteer applications.  Unfortunately, we cannot offer positions to every applicant.

After I have been accepted into the Volunteer Program, what is the next step?

You will be given times/dates for volunteer orientation. This exciting day includes the history of the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, a review of policies/procedures, some paperwork, facts and information about the aquarium and our animals, a behind-the-scenes tour, guest service training, and your volunteer uniform. The orientation is required training for new volunteers, and volunteers unable to attend will not be eligible to continue in the Volunteer Program.

After the orientation day, you will also be required to attend additional training evenings. The dates and times for the orientation and training will be given to the applicants at the interview.

Do I have to wear a uniform?

Yes, uniforms are required for all volunteer positions. The uniform requirements vary between each position.

Why is there a fee to volunteer?

$20 will be collected to cover the cost of your shirt and background check.  This one-time, non-refundable fee compares with other world-class institutions around the state and country.

How do I apply to the specialty positions?

All volunteer accepted into the Adult Volunteer Program begin in the Exhibit Interpreter position. Once a volunteer completes 60 hours as an Exhibit Interpreter they are eligible to apply to a specialty position. Specialty positions may have additional prerequisites and/or requirements for a volunteer to be eligible. For more information on a specific specialty, click on the specialty link on the Volunteer Page.

How do I get started?

After reviewing the Volunteer Service Agreement (VSA) on the Volunteer Page, please submit an application using the link provided below.