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2014 Youth Crew


Want to become part of a global network of ocean stewards that empower communities worldwide through engagement and education? Find out more information about Youth Crew, a service learning program for high school students at The Marine Mammal Center. APPLICATIONS FOR 2015 WILL BE OPEN IN NOVEMBER.

Program Overview

Youth Crew is a service learning program that provides the opportunity for high school (or the equivalent level for home school) students to learn more about the fields of marine science and environmental education. Students will have the opportunity to gain hands on experiences working to rehabilitate marine mammals and engage the Center’s guests. Program leads will ensure that all youth feel connected to the Center by providing trainings, career development workshops, and continual support through their experience!  

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Youth Crew Duties

Students are required to commit a minimum of five-months; therefore we don’t offer any short term opportunities.

Animal Care Crew

During their first semester as a youth volunteer, students will work closely with their crew supervisors and fellow adult volunteers to maintain the health of active marine mammal patients. Responsibilities are at the discretion of the crew supervisor and may include cleaning pens/pools, fish kitchen, meal prep, etc.

Education Crew

During the second semester, students will become youth docents and support the Center’s onsite programming such as camp SeaQuest and guest experience. Candidates must be comfortable interacting with visitors.

*All candidates must be 15 years of age by the time their application is submitted.

Applicant Qualifications

  • Must be currently enrolled in high school or equivalent level of homeschool

  • Must be between the ages of 15-18

  • Able to attend mandatory training days during throughout the program

  • Able to make a commitment to one 4- 8 hour shift for a minimum of five months

  • Able to arrange their own transportation to and from The Marine Mammal Center

  • Passionate about ocean conservation

  • Self-motivated

  • Flexible schedule

Application Requirements

  • Online Completed Application Form - posted at the end of November 2014

  • (2) Essay Questions

  • (1) Teacher Recommendation

  • $50 Registration Fee (for youth that are accepted into the program only)*

*Financial assistance is available for those who qualify

Application Calendar
The 2015 application froms will be posted toward the end of November 2014.

Note: Final deadline has changed to January 12th, 2015

Required Forms from 2014 (for reference):

Teacher Recommendation

Youth Crew Waiver Form

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I volunteer if I am younger than 15?
All youth must be between the ages of 15-18 by the application deadline. There are no exceptions. 

Can I volunteer for less than five months, if I volunteer daily for several weeks?
No. All interested youth must commit to be in the Youth Crew program for a minimum of 5-months. All youth volunteers will be placed on a weekly crew, selected by the Youth Crew Team.

Can I just join animal care crew?
No. All participates will have to do both semesters of Youth Crew. In the spring they will participate on an animal care crew and in the summer they will join an education crew.

How often do I have to come to The Marine Mammal Center if I am accepted to the Youth Crew program?
Participants will be required to come weekly for their shift and attend a few additional workshops and trainings during the 5-month program.  

How can I learn more about Youth Crew?
Before the application deadline, we offer an Open House Information Session at The Marine Mammal Center for students and parents to meet the Youth Crew leads and ask questions.

For additional questions contact Deirdre Denmon, Youth Programs Lead or attend a Youth Crew Open House Information Session

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