Volunteering in Monterey and Santa Cruz
Follow these steps to become a volunteer
Add your name to the volunteer interest list to receive an application when volunteer spots are available. (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.)
Complete an application, phone or in-person interview and background check.
Attend a New Volunteer Onboarding Training.
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.
- 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.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.