Education volunteers work with school groups, courses and visitors. Their role is to inspire learners and visitors by introducing them to the wonder of marine life through our fascinating animals.  Recruitment is done once a year, followed by intensive training that takes 6 months to complete.


Aquarium volunteers assist in the day to day work of the aquarium, by cleaning exhibits both in the visitor areas and behind the scenes.  Volunteers also help to prepare food for the aquarium, and assist with feeding fish.  To volunteer here you need to be fit, mobile and able to swim.

Animal Health

Volunteers in the Animal Health department assist with a range of tasks associated with animal health care.  For this reason we select volunteers who are studying in the veterinary or animal health field. We also have volunteers who can assist with data entry.

Dangerous Creatures

Volunteers in this area are also active in animal care. They may assist with cleaning exhibits, help to ensure that the back of house areas are clean and neat, assist with feeding and do a range of other tasks associated with caring for reptiles.

Dolphins & Seals

Volunteers assist in preparing food for the animals, and clean and perform other tasks as required. There is no set recruitment period, but there is often a waiting list.  You need to be fit, active and be able to swim very well. There is an obligatory training period to ensure that you are able to work in this environment.

Technical Department

Volunteers in the Technical department assist with carpentry, pump maintenance and electrical wiring.  As this is specialised work, volunteers need to have the relevant training, certification or trade registration. 

Volunteer Criteria

  • All volunteers must complete a period of training, which varies in each department.
  • Our volunteer programme is for anyone who is interested in and has a passion for marine life.
  • Volunteers must be over 18 years of age and be able to get to uShaka Sea World easily. This is easiest for those who live in the greater Durban area (between Amanzimtoti, Pietermaritzburg and Ballito)
  • Volunteers can apply up to the age of 75 and can continue to volunteer for as long as the relevant criteria are met.
  • Volunteers are expected to work a minimum amount of time per month which varies per department, this usually amounts to 2 full days per month.
  • There is no maximum limit to the number of hours/days worked per month depending on the requirements of each department.
  • Volunteers can volunteer for more than one department but need to ensure that there is no conflict in hours and relevant criteria are met e.g. level of swimming ability.
  • Volunteers must be able to speak, read and write English.
  • Volunteers must be physically fit and healthy as they may be on their feet for long periods or have to lift heavy objects.
Contact Volunteer Co-Ordinator

If you are interested in volunteering at uShaka Sea World, download the application form below and once completed, send it to Kathy Drummond on
Kdrummond@seaworld.org.za or call +27 31 328 8192 or fax to +27 31 328 8188.

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