The ELC is seeking dedicated high school volunteers who will invest their time, energy & spirit into making the world a better place! We are looking for teens who are dedicated to learning, teaching, & advocating for the ELC & the environment. 

Join the 2020-2021 ELC GreenTeen! team! 

ELC GreenTeen! volunteers have the opportunity to earn community service hours for school, build a resume, work as an ELC camp counselor, learn about conservation & the local environment, make a difference in our community through a NOAA project, & make new friends.

The ELC GreenTeen! program is flexible to fit our busy teens’ schedules from June 2020-March 2021.  


Applicants must be between the ages of 14 - 18 (must have completed 8th grade or higher upon
start of summer camps on June 3rd, 2020) 

New this year, we are also seeking 2 - 3 GreenTeen! Parent Leaders to assist with the program. Please contact Sarah Christopherson at if you're an interested parent!

The GreenTeen! responsibilities include: 

  1. Assist ELC Environmental Educators with summer day camps as camp counselors (minimum 1 full camp session, but most GreenTeen!s will be scheduled for 2 sessions, 3-5 days)

  2. Attend educational lectures, workshops & classes provided by ELC or its partners (minimum 3 workshops)*

  3. Lead nature-based activities at annual public events, assist with aquariums including the Touch Tank, & work as camp counselors during ELC school break camps throughout the year (minimum 3)*

  4. Participate in the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Planet Stewards Education Project. New this year, GreenTeen!s will participate in the ELC’s Single Use Plastics Advocacy Program through beach clean-ups & plastic pollution analysis, creation of a marine debris art display, & advocating to local businesses to reduce single-use plastic products at their facilities (minimum 3)*
    *Seniors graduating in spring of 2020 are exempt from these requirements, but still encouraged to participate when able.

The GreenTeen! volunteer program is competitive & only accepts a total of 30 responsible, driven & enthusiastic teens, so please be thorough in your application responses. We expect teens to treat this opportunity with maturity & professionalism, & contact Environmental Educators directly via phone or e-mail when necessary. It is important that teens have access to reliable transportation & the ability to arrive on time & be picked up on time.  

For those accepted, the tuition for the program is $50.00 which covers the cost of the t-shirt, lecture & workshop admittance, four free admission passes to the ELC, food & supplies for GreenTeen! orientation, & professional training by ELC Environmental Educators. Scholarship funding is available to those who qualify.

Applicants must:

  • Complete online application in its entirety by MAY 1st, 2020.  This should be done by the teenager applying, not a parent or guardian

  • Parents/Guardians: read and check acknowledgment box for the indemnification & hold harmless agreement on the online application

  • Read GreenTeen! Volunteer Handbook in its entirety & check acknowledgment box on the online registration

If accepted, GreenTeen!s must:

  • Pay tuition of $50.00 (scholarship funding available to those who qualify)

  • Provide background screening information, including full name & social security number (required by law for volunteers working with children 10 hours or more per month).

  • Attend training & orientation on Tuesday, June 2nd from 10:00am – 5:00pm. Orientation & training is mandatory. If you cannot attend orientation but still wish to participate, please contact us ASAP.

  • Sign in for each shift at the ELC & keep track of volunteer hours

Benefits of the GreenTeen! Program:

  • Make a difference in our beautiful Indian River Lagoon community

  • Build your resume

  • Earn community service hours for school 

  • Attend nature-related lectures & workshops free of charge

  • Make a difference in our community by helping to eliminate single use plastic pollution through the NOAA Planet Stewards Education Project

  • Four free passes to visit the ELC with friends & family

  • Share your love for the environment with ELC guests 

  • Learn about conservation & the local ecosystem

  • Obtain experience working with children in day camps

  • Form friendships with like-minded teens who love the outdoors

  • Explore environmental, education & conservation related careers 

  • Sport a very special ELC GreenTeen! t-shirt that’s yours to keep

  • Go behind the scenes of ELC’s aquariums & learn how to care for aquarium critters

  • End of program party & awards ceremony


Questions about the GreenTeen! program, scholarships, or the application process should be directed to the ELC Environmental Education team via e-mail at or by phone at 772-589-5050


ELC is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3). Admission, memberships & donations are critical to continuing our mission. 


Join or give today!



255 Live Oak Drive

Vero Beach, FL 32963


Located on the western base of the Wabasso Bridge on the 510 Causeway.

ELC is a Smoke-Free campus.  Service Dogs only, please.


Phone: (772) 589-5050

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