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Animal Care Volunteers

Animal Care Volunteers enjoy the satisfaction of contributing to the rehabilitation and release of marine mammal species back to their ocean home.

Animal Care Volunteer

Animal Care Volunteers have the unique opportunity to provide hands on patient care to the marine mammals in our facilities. Animal Care Volunteers make up half of our volunteer work force and contribute tens of thousands of hours every year.


  • Preparing Patient Feeds
  • Feeding Patients
  • Cleaning Pens and Pools
  • Washing Dishes
  • Weighing Patients
  • Updating Patient Charts
  • Drawing up and administering basic medications (after taking the Basic Meds Class)

Training Requirements:

  • Attend an Open House
  • Complete the prospective volunteer screening process
  • Attend an New Volunteer Orientation
  • Attend a Basic Animal Husbandry Training
Time Commitment:
  • Commit to the same day or night shift a week for a minimum of six months. 
  • Shift times vary depending on season and number of patients on site.
  • Typical day shifts run from 7am to 4pm and typcial night shifts run from 7pm to 11pm.

There are two different types of Animal Care Crews:

  • A year round Topside Animal Care Crew which takes care of the majority of our patients. These patients include California Sea Lions, Elephant Seals, Northern Fur Seals, Guadalupe Fur Seals, and all other marine mammal patients.

  • A seasonal Harbor Seal Crew, which cares solely for harbor seal pups from about mid-February through the end of July.

Become a Volunteer!

The first step to becoming a volunteer is to attend an Open House.

Click here to view upcoming dates and sign up!

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