Get Involved

Are you chatty?  Knowledgeable about local marine life? Or would love to learn about local marine life and share that with the public? Love to read stories and always wanted to be a puppet master?

Volunteering with the aquarium was a wonderful experience for me. Not only did I learn a lot about myself and gain confidence in teaching and interacting with others, but I learned a lot about the beautiful species that call our oceans home! I would highly recommend this as an opportunity to develop important skills and learn a lot along the way.

– Kayleigh, 2015 Volunteer

I was a volunteer at Petty Harbour mini aquarium, and it was one of the most fun experiences of my life! Everybody there is so good at what they do, and I got to be around some of Newfoundland’s incredible marine life every time I went! The experience was altogether a very amazing and beautiful one.

– Claire

Volunteering at the Mini has been such a great experience. I’ve often witnessed the amazement on the face of someone who just learned an incredible fact about one of the many creatures, but I’ve also frequently been the one who was amazed. The Mini provides a positive and stimulating environment for guests, volunteers and employees alike and I look forward to being involved each summer.

– Volunteer since 2013

I have been interested in the ocean and biology since I was five, and volunteering at the Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium has really opened up a whole new world for me. From crab to codfish, there is always something new to experience. It’s amazing to view ocean life up close!

– Elijah Porter, Junior Volunteer

Now recruiting for summer volunteers. Email us today to inquire.

Board of Directors

Melanie Knight – Founder

Melanie Knight is the Founder of the Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium and past Executive Director. With her BSc in Marine Biology from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Melanie worked with the largest and the smallest aquariums in Canada including the Vancouver Aquarium and the Ucluelet Aquarium, as a marine educator and manager of volunteers. She has worked with United Way and been a director for the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Educators and Volunteer Resources BC board. Melanie is now a consultant and public speaker. Melanie lives in Vancouver with her husband and K9.

Kiley Best - Chair of the Board

Kiley Best is the Chair of the Board and has been involved with the mini since 2013 as a board member, and was drawn to the excitement of the project by founder Melanie Knight, friends since undergrad at MUN. She has been there since construction started and the water first started flowing. She is a fisheries technician at Marine Institute by day and loves the outreach and education aspect of her work and research, which translates to her love and passion for the mini aquarium. She can be found in, on, and around the sea… marathon swimming, conducting scientific research and educating. 

Meredith Schofield - Curator and Co-Executive Director

Meredith a Marine Biologist with an M.Sc. and part of the family since 2013 has taken time between working at WorldFish Cambodia, the Ocean Sciences Centre, and DFO to run the operations of the aquarium. She started with us in 2013, transitioned to curator and operations manager in 2015 and now as co-executive director for 2017. She has a deep love for animals (aquatic and land-lovin’ alike), a knack for exhibit design and loves teaching others about all the weird and wonderful ocean life in our beautiful province. You are likely to find her and her big lovable Bernese Mountain Dog out assisting the scuba divers and setting up the newest exhibits.

Keith Moore – Board Director

Keith Moore is a science centre professional, teacher and lover of the natural world.  Sea Ravens and tinkering with the aquarium’s systems are two of his favorite things, and he can most often be found in coveralls behind the scenes.  Keith joined the Mini Aquarium team in 2014 as the Executive Director, and has now transitioned to the Board for 2017 (and beyond) as head of the finance committee.

Adam Press – Board Director

Adam Press is a mechanical engineer who loves to develop small renewable energy devices that help people all over the world stay connected, light their way, collect environmental data or do whatever else they need power for.  He joined the Board of Directors for the Mini Aquarium in 2016 as a way to get involved with something he cares a lot about: ocean and environmental conservation. He heads up the communications committee. He’s got a big family:  One wife, three cats, one big dog, two boys, and a baby on the way.  His boys love the Mini Aquarium almost as much as he does!

Bryan Martin – Board Director

Bryan Martin is a dad, environmental scientist and all around ocean fanatic.  When he is not working, he loves hanging out at the mini aquarium with his family, having a cuppa at the Watershed Cafe, and then hiking the trails in Petty Harbour or Maddox Cove with his little black dog. Bryan joined the board in 2016 as a member at large and heads up the safety committee.

Pam Burke - Board Director

Pam is a GIS specialist and long-time member of the Mini family. With a background in marine biology and coastal management, she is no stranger to the ocean or the aquarium animals. Her favourite things include the giant squid, fishy puns, and a good day on clothes. Pam began as a volunteer interpreter when the Mini Aquarium opened it’s doors in 2013, transitioning to the role of Program Coordinator in 2015 and 2016, and is now returning for season 5 as a member of the board.

Keith Mercer - Board Director

Teacher, marine biologist, hell of a guy.  His love for the ocean goes deep.  He’s been involved in the aquarium since it’s inception.

Work at the mini!

Our employees help advance this mission by engaging the public through our exhibitions, public and school programs, special events and public lectures.  If you are a dynamic individual who enjoys interacting with the public and learning through fun, then the Mini Aquarium has opportunities that are right for you.

Summer jobs have been filled for the season.

Missed the deadline? Volunteer for the season! It is a great way to get work experience and to know the current staff and animals.