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Volunteers: The Heart and Soul of The Marine Mammal Center


Volunteers help us rescue and rehabilitate sick and injured marine mammals, educate the public about the conservation of marine mammals and their ocean environment and so much more!

Get involved now! The Marine Mammal Center has a record number of patients on site and needs urgent volunteer support. We are offering an Animal Care Support Role for a limited time. The Animal Care Support Volunteer commits to a four hour shift providing immediate relief to our maxed out crew volunteers, allowing the veteran volunteers to spend more time in the pens providing patient care. The Animal Care Support Volunteer assists with the daily tasks such as dishwashing, cleaning, fish sorting, food prep, etc.  We have support role shifts every day, seven days a week, during the following time slots:

  • Shift #1:  10am to 2pm
  • Shift #2:  2pm to 6pm
  • Shift #3:  6pm to 10pm
To sign up for one of these shifts, email with your preferred date and shift time.
Note: Must be 18 or older to volunteer. No more than 4 volunteers per group.

Not able to donate your time? Check out other ways to support us during this busy time.

Become a Volunteer!
The first step to becoming a volunteer is to attend an Introduction Meeting. View the schedule and RSVP online.
Animal Care Volunteers
Join an animal care crew and provide patient care to sick and injured marine mammals.
Stranding and Rescue Volunteers
Save a life! Rescue and transport injured or sick seals and sea lions.
Education Volunteers
Become a docent, greet visitors and inspire the next generation of marine conservationists.
Join our Youth Crew
Are you between the ages of 15 and 18? Become an ocean steward and help marine mammals.
Additional Volunteer Opportunities
We have many other exciting volunteer opportunities in our Retail, Administration, Facilities and Development Departments.

Corporate Volunteer Days
Learn about the Center's missions and  work alongside Animal Care Crews, contributing to the rehabilitation of marine mammal patients.
TMMC offers paid and upaid internships in different departments. Click here to see our current opportunities.
A unique opportunity for Veterinary Medicine Students tp gain exposure to marine mammal medicine and rehabilitation.
Satellite Facilities
We have volunteer opportunities in Anchor Bay, Fort Bragg, Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Kailua-Kona, Hawaii!
Current Volunteers Only
Access to the Volunteer Only Intranet.
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