Summer Teen Ambassador Programs

Teen volunteers standing in front of the lagoon
teen exhibit guide
Team ocean volunteers cleaning up the beach
Team ocean students learning about seagrass

LOVE the environment? Want to share your passion?

Florida Oceanographic Society has summer volunteer opportunities for teens ages 15-17. 

For more information contact Rosemary Badger, Volunteer Coordinator, at or 772-225-0505 ext 109. 

Florida Oceanographic Society’s Summer Teen Ambassador Programs are competitive summer programs for high school students interested in pursuing careers in marine sciences or environmental education or those who love the ocean and want to learn how they can help protect it. We are offering focused paths for both education and conservation.  Students may apply for one or both programs.  

Education Ambassadors

Ideal for students who like to interact with people of all ages. Participants will train to become exhibit guides and help out at our invertebrate touch tank and stingray tank. Students will work with staff and volunteer mentors to develop skills essential to careers in marine science and environmental education.  Participants will be required to commit 2 half days of 4-hour shifts per week for 9 weeks and will earn over 70 volunteer hours over the course of the summer. The training provided will also prepare students to earn additional volunteer hours throughout the year. Select applicants will be invited to an interview as part of the application process.

Conservation Ambassadors 

Ideal for students who prefer hands on science activities and working in small groups. Participants will work with staff and volunteer mentors to develop science based skills while working with our research and advocacy teams. Activities include living shoreline restoration projects and water advocacy training, in addition to organizing a beach cleanup. Participants will be required to commit to Wednesdays 9am-1pm for the months of June and July, with some additional training in May and will earn over 30 volunteer hours over the course of the summer.

All Prospective Interns Should:

  • Be at least 15 years old by May 1st, 2020
  • Be enthusiastic, passionate and motivated
  • Be comfortable working with others
  • Be able to work outdoors in all conditions
  • Have reliable transportation
  • Be able to make a full summer commitment
  • Be comfortable working in teams

Florida Oceanographic Society will be accepting applications starting in February 2020. Any high school student interested should complete the online volunteer application, submit 2 teacher recommendations by downloading the teacher recommendation form (one must be from a science teacher) and a one-page essay of your related experience and interest in Florida’s coastal ecosystems. Previous participants need to re-apply. Students will be selected based on a combination of their application, essay, teacher recommendations, and interview. All application material must be received by April 19, 2020.

February 1 – April 19 --- applications accepted, interviews conducted

April 20 - April 30 –applicants notified of acceptance

May 8 - all paperwork must be signed and returned

TBA-May date for --Required Welcome and Orientation (2 hours)

TBA-May date for --Required Exhibit Guide Training (2-3 hours)

Upon acceptance, a $15 fee will be assessed to cover program expenses, uniform t-shirts, a nametag and training materials.