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Monterey Bay Volunteers

The Marine Mammal Center's Monterey Bay Operations (MBO) rescues animals from both Santa Cruz and Monterey counties. 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
  • Maintaining equipment, vehicles and the facility
  • Providing public outreach and education programs
Requirements to be a volunteer at Monterey Bay Operations:
  • Commit to one day a week from 10am - 6pm for a minimum of six months (shift time may be flexible)
  • Complete the on-boarding process, including an application, phone interview, and background check
  • Attend the two-day New Volunteer 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 MBO are seasonal, and there may be periods of inactivity. 

We onboard new volunteers in Monterey Bay once to twice a year depending on our volunteer needs. The first step to becoming a volunteer in Monterey Bay is to fill out an application. Please add your name and email address on the interest list. We will notify everyone on the interest list with the application once we have the next New Volunteer Training scheduled. Please note, there may be several months before the next training and before you receive an email. 

Click here to be added to the volunteer interest list!


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