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San Luis Obispo Volunteers


The Marine Mammal Center's San Luis Obispo Operations (SLO) rescues animals from around San Luis Obispo county and provides triage care to those patient onsite. Volunteers at this site commit to joining one shift a week for a minimum of six months. 

Volunteer Duties

  • Assessing reported marine mammals
  • Rescuing injured or sick marine mammals
  • Providing patient triage care
  • Educating the public about marine mammals, ocean conservation and The Marine Mammal Center
  • Transporting patients to and from the facility
  • Maintaining equipment, vehicles and the facility
  • Providing public outreach and education programs
Volunteer Requirements
  • Commit to one regular day or evening shift per week, for a minimum of six months (approximate shift times are morning 7:30-1:30, afternoon 1:30-7:30, and night, 7:30-9:30, although exact shift times vary with patient load)
  • Complete the volunteer application process outlined below
  • Clear a background check and motor vehicle report
  • Attend the new volunteer training day and complete required annual training classes each year
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • To be eligible to drive, a volunteer must be at least 21 years of age, have a valid driver's license and clear a motor vehicle report
Volunteer Characteristics
  • Must be alert and physically capable to work with fast, wild animals
  • Able to walk long distances and carry heavy equipment on sand and difficult terrain
  • Comfortable engaging with the public on the beach during rescues
  • Be a team player and work with volunteers of all ages and backgrounds
  • Willing to get dirty and pitch in wherever needed

Become a volunteer!

The first step to becoming a volunteer at our San Luis Obispo location is to submit your interest below. When volunteer spots become available, everyone on the interest list will receive an email with a link to complete a volunteer application and information on the required new volunteer training. Please know that this could take several months as there are only a few trainings offered each year. Additionally, the application process is competitive and not every applicant will be accepted.

Click here to be added to the interest list!

Volunteer Application Process

  • When you receive the email with the volunteer application link, please complete the volunteer application
  • Upon acceptance of your volunteer application, you will be contacted to schedule an interview
  • After your interview, you will be notified if you have been selected and asked to complete a background check and motor vehicle check
  • After you have cleared, you will be invited to attend a full day new volunteer training*, covering an overview of our organization, the different volunteer opportunities available, our organization's policies and procedures, basic animal husbandry and rescue procedures

*Please note that this training only occurs a few times per year, so there may be a waiting period of a few months before you may begin as a volunteer.

There is an upcoming New Volunteer Training on Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 9am to 5pm. If you are interested in being considered for this training day, please submit your interest by Friday, January 5, 2018. Thank you!


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