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Education Volunteers


Do you love the ocean? Are you curious about marine mammals? Do you enjoy talking with people of all ages? If so, become an Education Volunteer!


Education Volunteers at The Marine Mammal Center

Education Volunteers play a vital role in promoting public awareness of marine wildlife and the Center’s work. They inspire visitors to better appreciate the ocean and help protect the animals that live in it. This is a unique opportunity to help marine mammals in need and to foster a caring attitude in other people, especially youth.

You can help at several locations:

  • Our main hospital and education facility in the Marin Headlands in Sausalito, California
  • Throughout the San Francisco Bay Area at a variety of fairs and events


  • Attend an Introduction Meeting for New VolunteersClick here to find out when the next one is offered.
  • Education Volunteers must attend a 2-day training series to learn about marine mammal conservation and ocean issues with a focus on the animals we rehabilitate
  • Work at least 8-16 hours a month (one 4-hour shift a week, or every other week) for at least 6 months after training
  • Volunteer assignments include indoor and outdoor shifts in varying weather
  • Registration for the training classes and a $50 training fee is required; the fee can be reduced or waived if it’s a hardship 

2016 Trainings (all trainings held at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito):

  • Saturday, January 30 and Sunday, January 31 from 10 am - 4:30 pm

  • Wednesday, April 6 and Thursday, April 7 from 10 am - 4:30 pm

  • Saturday, June 4 and Saturday, June 5 from 10 am - 4:30 pm

  • Monday, September 19 and Monday, September 26 from 10 am - 4:30 pm

  • To inquire about more details, please email

Typically education volunteer trainings are held 4 times a year (one each season)

More Information about Training Sessions:

This is a comprehensive training designed to ensure that volunteers learn information about marine mammals, The Marine Mammal Center, and ocean health, but also techinuqes of best ways to engage visitors. Classes are held at our main facility in the Marin Headlands (in Sausalito, California) and run from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Topics include natural history information of marine mammals; the fundamentals of our rehabilitation, research and education facility; problems facing our oceans; and strategies to communicate effectively with visitors. Applicants should enjoy learning about marine life and sharing their knowledge with others. Please help us advertise: tell your friends, family and co-workers about these upcoming trainings for new Education Volunteers.

Ready to become an Education Volunteer?

  • Attend an Introduction Meeting for New Volunteers. Click here to find out when the next one is offered.
  • Contact The Marine Mammal Center's Education Department at or (415) 289-7356 to register for the Education Volunteer Training. 
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