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2015 Youth Crew


Want to become part of a global network of ocean stewards that empowers 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’s main hospital in the Marin Headlands.

Youth Crew is an annual, application based program. All students must commit to being in the program for a minimum of six months (February-July) and commute weekly to The Marine Mammal Center’s main hospital in Sausalito, California!

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 have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working to rehabilitate marine mammals and engage The Marine Mammal Center’s guests. Youth Crew runs for six months from February- July and all participants are required to commit to the full program year.

Applications are now CLOSED for the 2015 program year.

Applicant Qualifications

All Youth Crew program participants must:

  • Be a high school student (or equivalent level of home school) between the ages of 15-18
  • Be able to commit to a weekly 4-8 hours shift every week for a minimum of five months (February – July) and have a flexible schedule
  • Be available to attend all mandatory training days and workshops
  • Arrange their own transportation to and from the Center
  • Able to make a weekly commitment to one, 4- 8 hour shift for a minimum of five months
  • Have an interest in marine biology, conservation and/or other related fields!

Youth Crew Duties

Students are required to commit to both sessions of Youth Crew, a minimum of five months, therefore we don’t offer any short-term opportunities.

Animal Care Crew
During their first session 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 in our Veterinary Science department. 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 session students will become camp counselors or youth docents in our Education department. Youth will be required to support the Center’s onsite programming with Camp SeaQuest or Guest Experience. All participants must be comfortable interacting with visitors.

How to Apply

Youth Crew is a six month service learning program for high school students. All interested applicants must apply to the program. Due to the nature of the program, all applicants must be 15 years of age to apply.

Applications for 2015 are now CLOSED

Application supplemental forms are due before the application deadline. The application deadline for the 2015 program has past.

Application Requirements

2015 Youth Crew Application (Now Closed)
One Teacher recommendation
Youth Crew waiver form
• $50 Registration Fee* (only for accepted youth)

* Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.


Application Calendar

Applications for the 2016 Youth Crew Program will be available in Fall 2015 



Frequently Asked Questions

Would you like to know even more about Youth Crew?
Download the Youth Crew program flyer or attend an Open House Information Session.

Can I volunteer if I am younger than 15?
All youth must be between the ages of 15-18. 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 five months (February- July). 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 sessions of Youth Crew. In the spring they will take part in 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 five-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 More Information Contact:

Deirdre Denmon
Youth Programs Lead


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