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Anchor Bay and Fort Bragg Volunteers

The Marine Mammal Center is seeking support in Mendocino County to help fill an immediate need for rescue and response volunteers in preparation for our hospital’s busiest time of the year: pupping season. All new volunteers must attend one of the new volunteer training days in Sea Ranch on Friday, February 2nd and Saturday, February 3rd, or in Fort Bragg on Saturday, February 24th. Email our volunteer team at for more information on how we can expedite the volunteer onboarding process.

The Marine Mammal Center's Anchor Bay and Fort Bragg volunteers rescue animals from Sonoma and Mendocino counties. Volunteers in this role are called when there is a marine mammal is reported in their area.

Volunteer duties in this role include:

  • Assessing reported marine mammals
  • Rescuing injured or sick marine mammals
  • Educating the public about marine mammals and our work
  • Transporting patients to the main hospital in Sausalito
  • Maintaing equipment and vehicles 
  • Providing public outreach and education programs
Requirements to be a volunteer in Anchor Bay or Fort Bragg:
  • Sign up on the volunteer interest list below
  • Submit a volunteer application
  • Attend the all day New Volunteer On-Boarding Workshop 
  • Commit to responding to reported marine mammals in your county
  • Anchor Bay and Fort Bragg volunteers are required to drive so must be atleast 21 years old, have a valid drivers license and clear a Motor Vehicle Report

Prospective volunteers should be aware that rescues are seasonal, and there may be long periods of inactivity. 

Become a volunteer!

The first step to becoming a volunteer in the Northern California rescue range is to email your interest to Once training dates are scheduled, you will be sent a link to fill out a volunteer application, background check and motor vehicle check. Once your application, background check and motor vehicle check is complete, you will be invited to attend the new volunteer workshop offered once a year.


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