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Oceanscape Network Youth Correspondents Program


Basic Requirements

• You must between 14 and 17 years in age.
• Read over the information about the Aquarium’s volunteer programs. Then complete the online application by clicking here.
• Prior to acceptance, you must complete a short phone or in-person interview with the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Youth Programs Coordinator and the Manager of Education Innovation.
• You should have access to your own transportation.
• You must be reliable, respond to email or phone messages promptly, and keep scheduled appointments.

Helpful Interests and Abilities

Websites are a visual medium, so our youth volunteers are extensively involved in the production of videos, photo features and written articles for use online. Because of the nature of this work, it is helpful to have the following interests and abilities.

• Be comfortable working in front of a camera, engaging with others and speaking confidently.
• Be comfortable working outdoors in various types of weather conditions.
• Be comfortable with physical activities which may include walking, hiking or standing for long periods of time.
• Be outgoing, creative and inquisitive.
• If you have interests in drama, journalism, photography, travel, science or sports this may be a great opportunity for you!

Details On Volunteer Activities

• Most of our activities take place on Oregon’s Central Coast (Lincoln City to Waldport area) or in the central Willamette Valley (Salem, Corvallis, Eugene areas).
• Activities may involve interviewing, discussing, learning from or working with various scientists, educators, conservation experts and others. Most of these experiences will take place on camera and may require the volunteer to function like a journalist.
• Youth Correspondents may work on short projects or long-term projects, including the production of our Oceanscape Explorer video newsmagazine.
• Opportunities will arise on a variable schedule throughout the month and may require the volunteer to be flexible.


Email us anytime at volunteer@aquarium.org or call Monday through Friday during regular business hours at (541) 867-3474.


About The Youth Correspondents Program

This short video will help you understand how our program enables teens to build online content to educate others while exploring, learning about and adventuring in Oregon.

Oregon Coast Aquarium Release Waiver and Medical Information Form

To complete your application, you must print out and return this form. (Individuals under 18 must have their parent or guardian sign.) Please mail the completed form to: Oregon Coast Aquarium, Attention: Oceanscape Network, 2820 SE Ferry Slip Road, Newport, Oregon 97365. Due to limited space in this program, submission of an application does not guarantee acceptance as spots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and upon the successful completion of all other requirements.

Our Non-Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of Oregon Coast Aquarium to offer equal opportunities, and to not discriminate against someone because of that person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, gender orientation, sexual orientation, marital status or veteran status or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law.