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.Complete Adult Application Complete Youth Application
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.
None. Nearly anyone can volunteer. However, please let us know if you have particular skills or experience that may be helpful.
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.
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.
No. If you have such coverage, indicate your medical insurance company information on your application. Should you experience a personal medical emergency, we can provide that information to your emergency contact or to medical personnel.
Yes, depending on a number of factors. Please contact us, and we will be happy to discuss the possibilities.
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.
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.
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.
We do not provide offsite or onsite accommodations.
Volunteers must provide their own transportation.
No. However, certain out-of-pocket expenses incurred as a volunteer may be tax deductible. Please consult your tax advisor for specific tax advice.
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.
Yes. You will be able to coordinate and plan by telephone, during business hours.
Benefits for active volunteers while serving include:
Still have more questions about volunteering at the Ark Encounter? Contact us for more information.