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Junior Camp Counselor Volunteer

Become a Junior Camp Counselor Volunteer!

The Florida Aquarium is looking for responsible high school students, ages 14 – 17, to serve as volunteer Junior Camp counselors for Summer 2022; from May 31 – August 5.

All Junior Camp Counselors must commit to one full day of service (8:30 AM – 5 PM) Monday through Friday, for each week throughout the summer. A training schedule is also required. This is a highly competitive program; only students who exhibit a desire to serve and can commit to the strict schedule will be accepted into this program. A complete application includes the submission of an application form, essay, and a recommendation from a non-relative adult. Applications are due by 5 PM on March 4, 2022.

Please read this description carefully, as it contains important specifics about the program, application process, training and service dates and expectations.

This program is designed to provide an overview of the many aspects of the Learning Department at The Florida Aquarium, as well as introduce the Junior Camp Counselors to a professional environment. By the end of the summer, our Junior Camp Counselors will have:

  • learned about the marine environment and ways they can inspire others to care for it
  • delivered extraordinary customer service to our campers
  • practiced public speaking and/or classroom management
  • created their own program to further enhance the camper experience

Junior Camp Counselor Position

Junior Camp Counselors will serve with our AquaCamp program; assisting the counselors and instructors with classroom management, deploying resources, delivering programs, managing homesickness, and developing rapport with the campers. Junior Camp Counselors will be assigned to work AquaKids (5-6 year olds), grade K-1 campers, or grade 2-3 campers.

For those applicants who are strongly invested in learning more about early childhood education, we are offering the opportunity to work with our AquaTots (3-4 year olds) program on Wednesdays. An additional response on the application will be required to be considered for this opportunity.

All Junior Camp Counselors will be required to pass a Level 2 background check prior to the beginning of their service. Fees will be reimbursed to those who complete their fingerprinting at the requested facilities.

All Junior Camp Counselors are required to commit to the application schedule and training days listed below, as well as to serving one full day (8:30 AM – 5 PM) per week during the summer (May 31 – August 5). Your schedule will be determined prior to the summer to allow for scheduling around this commitment. Accommodations may be made for vacations or prior commitments within reason and with sufficient notice.

Parents of applicants to the Junior Camp Counselor Program are asked to allow their child to be the primary point of contact for this application. Parents of selected Junior Camp Counselors are asked to support their child in their commitment to the Learning Team by providing reliable transportation, helping ensure their child is prepared for each shift, and providing enough advance notice of family vacations or other scheduling conflicts to allow the selected counselor to communicate their scheduling needs directly to their supervisors.

Important Dates & Requirements

Important Pre-Selection Dates
Friday March 4, 2022: Complete Applications Due by 5 PM (includes online application, essay, and recommendation)
Friday March 11, 2022: All Applicants Notified of Interview Status
Saturday March 26, 2022: Group Interview for Selected Applicants | 1 – 4 PM
Friday April 8, 2022: All Interviewed Applicants Notified of Acceptance Status

Required Training Dates
Saturday April 30, 2022 (OPTIONAL): Paperwork and fingerprint processing | 9 AM – 12 PM
Saturday May 7, 2022: Camp Training I | 9 AM – 12 PM
Saturday May 14, 2022: Camp Training II | 9 AM – 4 PM; lunch provided

To apply for the 2022 Junior Camp Counselor program, please submit the completed application process no later than 5 PM on March 4, 2022.

Candidates will be contacted about their interview status no later than March 11, 2022. Applicants who participate in the interview process will be notified about their acceptance status no later than April 8, 2022. A registration fee of $30 covers the cost of your uniform, access badge, nametag, and other materials you will need. If this registration fee causes any hardship, we can work out other details for payment. There are a limited number of Junior Camp Counselor positions available – not all applicants will be selected.


A Completed Application Includes the Following


Application form     Recommendation form

Essay submitted through the application form or emailed to

Junior Camp Counselor Essay Prompt: Describe a camp counselor or teacher who has been a good role model for you and how you hope to impact the campers you may work with this summer. This essay is required for all Junior Camp Counselor applicants and must be 500-1000 words.


Incomplete applications will not be considered.