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San Luis Obispo Volunteers


The Marine Mammal Center's San Luis Obispo Operations (SLO) rescues animals from San Luis Obispo county. Volunteers at this site commit to joining one day crew a week for a minimum of six months.

Volunteer duties at this site include:

  • Assessing reported marine mammals
  • Rescuing injured or sick marine mammals
  • Providing patient triage care
  • Educating the public about marine mammals and our work
  • Transporting patients to and from the facility
  • Maintaing equipment, vehicles and the facility
  • Providing public outreach and education programs
Requirements to be a volunteer at San Luis Obispo Operations:
  • 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, interview, and clear a background check and Motor Vehicle Report
  • Attend an Introduction and Orientation Meeting (usually offered on a Friday evening) and the New Volunteer Training Day (offered the Saturday following the Friday training)
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • To drive you must be at least 21 years old, have a valid drivers license and clear a Motor Vehicle Report

Prospective volunteers should be aware that rescues and animal care at SLO are seasonal, and there may be periods of inactivity. 

Become a volunteer!

The first step to becoming a volunteer at our San Luis Obispo location is to complete a Volunteer Application. Please note that the application process is competitive and only complete applications will be accepted. Upon approval of your application, you will be contacted to schedule a 20 minute interview. Upon acceptance, you will be sent information to complete a background check and register for the new volunteer training classes.

Upon approval, you will be invited to the two-day New Volunteer Training. You must attend both days of classes to become an active volunteer. Please note that these trainings only occur a few times per year, so there may be a waiting period of a few months before you may begin as a volunteer. During the Orientation Meeting on the first day, we provide an overview of our organization, the different volunteer opportunities available and our organization's policies and procedures. During the New Volunteer Training Day on the second day, we cover basic animal husbandry and rescue procedures. 

Click here to complete the Volunteer Application


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