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Follow these steps to become a volunteer

volunteers holding boards walk toward a sea lion needing rescue
photo by Brian Simuro © The Marine Mammal Center
  1. Fill out and submit a volunteer application by June 29, 2021, to be considered for our next New Volunteer Training on July 31. (Please note only adults 18+ who are no longer in high school are eligible to apply.)

  2. When contacted, complete a phone interview and pass a background check.

  3. If accepted, attend a New Volunteer Onboarding Training on Saturday, July 31, 2021, from 1-5:30pm.


If you are interested but not available for the July 31 training, add your name to the volunteer interest list to receive an application when volunteer spots are available again. (Please note there may be a waiting period of several months before you receive an application and only adults 18+ who are no longer in high school are eligible to apply.)

Volunteers in Monterey Bay and Santa Cruz counties support all aspects of marine mammal rehabilitation from rescue to rehabilitation to release.

Duties include rescuing and transporting* injured and sick marine mammals, preparing food and feeding patients, cleaning pens and equipment, providing public outreach and education programs, and assisting with releases.

*Volunteers must be at least 21 years old, have a valid driver’s license and clear a Motor Vehicle Report to drive on behalf of the Center.

Time Commitment:

  • Commit to the same shift every week for a minimum of six months.
  • Shift times vary depending on season and number of patients onsite.
  • Typical shifts run from 10am to 6pm.

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