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Animal Care Volunteers


Animal Care Volunteers enjoy the satisfaction of contributing to the rehabilitation and release of marine mammal species back to their ocean home.

Animal Care Volunteers have the unique opportunity to provide hands on patient care to the marine mammals in our facilities. Daily tasks include preparing feeds, feeding animals, weighing animals, updating patient charts, and cleaning pens and pools. Animal Care Volunteers make up half of our volunteer work force and contribute tens of thousands of hours every year.

You can help at several locations:

  • Our main hospital and education facility in the Marin Headlands in Sausalito, California
  • Or at one of our triage sites in Monterey, San Luis Obispo or our brand new facility in Hawaii


  • Attend an Introduction Meeting for New Volunteers. Click here to find out when the next one is offered.
  • Attend an Orientation Training (register after attending an Introduction Meeting)
  • Commit to one day or night shift a week for a minimum of six months. Shift times vary depending on season and number of patients on site.

There are two different types of Animal Care Crews:

  • A year round Topside Animal Care Crew which takes care of the majority of our patients. These patients include California Sea Lions, Elephant Seals, Northern Fur Seals, Guadalupe Fur Seals, and Stellar Sea Lions.

  • A seasonal Harbor Seal Crew, which cares solely for harbor seal pups from about February through June.

PDF Animal Care Volunteer Description

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