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Volunteers Are Vital

How to Volunteer

First, read the Answers in Genesis Statement of Faith and be sure you agree with our position on the items listed. If you have youth in your volunteer group, be sure to read the following section and fill out the additional parent permission form. Finally, have each member of your volunteer group fill out the application, being sure to let us know of any specialized skills you have. You will have to authorize a background check before being considered as a volunteer.

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Can Youth Volunteer?

Yes. AiG and the Ark Encounter have a history of equipping and encouraging youth in their walk toward maturity, although we know this walk is primarily the responsibility of parents. We invite youth volunteers to help facilitate their physical, mental, and spiritual growth.

The following policy is designed to delineate the requirements for youth volunteer participation at the Ark Encounter. Safety and supervision are of utmost importance while youth are participating on our campus. For the purpose of this document, youth are defined by ages 11–17.

  1. Youth ages 15–17 are allowed to volunteer only if accompanied by a responsible adult (approved by the Department of Public Safety) with a ratio of no more than six youth per adult supervisor.
  2. Youth ages 11–14 are allowed to volunteer only if accompanied and assisted by a responsible and security-approved adult (preferable a parent) with a ratio of one youth per adult.
  3. All youth must complete the online volunteer application.
  4. Projects for youth volunteers must be approved in advance by the volunteer coordinators.
  5. Parental permission and proper insurance are required for each participant.
  6. For volunteers under the age of 18, any parents and chaperones accompanying the volunteers must submit to a background check.
  7. All youth and leaders must abide by the rules of the Ark Encounter, including proper dress code.

Volunteer FAQ


What Specific Qualifications or Experience Do I Need?

None. Nearly anyone can volunteer. However, please let us know if you have particular skills or experience that may be helpful.


Is Answers in Genesis or the Ark Encounter Associated With Any Church or Denomination?

No. Answers in Genesis is a non-denominational parachurch ministry. This position is reflected in every outreach of AiG: the Ark Encounter, seminars, radio, publishing, and so on.


Is the Background Check Required?

Yes. For the protection of visitors, volunteers, and staff, all volunteer applicants 18 years of age and older must voluntarily authorize a background check. We will cover the cost of the background check, regardless of the outcome; however, we ask that all volunteer applicants advise us in advance of any reason(s) a failed result might be anticipated.

For volunteers under the age of 18, parents or a legal guardian must submit to a background check. AiG will cover the cost of the background check.


Is Medical Insurance Required?

No, but if you have such coverage, the application offers the option of indicating your medical insurance company. Should you experience a personal medical emergency, we can provide that information to your emergency contact or to medical personnel.


Can Groups Serve as Short-Term Mission Volunteers?

Yes, depending on a number of factors. Please contact us, and we will be happy to discuss the possibilities.


Are Volunteers Expected to Adhere to a Dress Code?

Volunteers represent the Ark Encounter and Answers in Genesis (AiG), and are expected to comply with the same dress standards as Ark Encounter and AiG staff. Here are a few general appearance guidelines:

Volunteers may also be required to comply with basic safety or health standards.


Are Uniforms Provided?

A volunteer lanyard will be provided for every volunteer to wear onsite. Additional uniform pieces will be provided for volunteers serving in certain Ark Encounter operations positions.


Can My Volunteer Position Be a Part of My Career Development Plan?

Yes. Employers see a history of volunteer service as a positive asset. Our system will make it easy to thoroughly document your service for current or prospective employers. Through volunteering, you can refresh, update, or enhance marketable skills. Also, you might wish to try out new experiences if you are contemplating a career transition.


Do You Provide Accommodations for Volunteers Visiting from Outside the Local Area?

We do not provide off-site accommodations. On-site accommodations are limited. Requests for use of these accommodations will be handled on a case-by-case basis, and are subject to both availability and ministry needs. Contact our volunteer coordinators at 1-888-582-4253 for more information.


Do You Provide Transportation to and from the Ark Encounter?

Volunteers must provide their own transportation.


Are Reimbursements for Fuel or Other Expenses Provided?

No. However, certain out-of-pocket expenses incurred as a volunteer may be tax deductible. Please consult your tax advisor for specific tax advice.


Is the Time I Give as an AiG/Ark Encounter Volunteer Tax Deductible?

You cannot deduct the value of volunteered time or services; however, the IRS will generally allow you to deduct out-of-pocket expenses incurred as a volunteer, such as travel costs. Please consult your tax advisor for specific tax advice.


Can I Volunteer If I Do Not Have a Computer or Internet Access?

Yes. You will be able to coordinate and plan by telephone, during business hours.


Contact Us for More Information

Still have more questions about volunteering at the Ark Encounter? Contact us for more information.