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A Sick Patient Needs You Today

Sea otter Pip was in trouble. Battling a potentially deadly parasite, she desperately needed help to survive. It’s kind people like you who make second chances possible for animals like Pip. Will you give hope to a struggling patient and get your gift matched dollar-for-dollar today?

Yes, double my gift!

sea otter Pip
Mendocino coast with poppies blooming in the foreground

Follow these steps to become a volunteer

volunteers assess a beach in the Fort Bragg area
  1. Attend a New Volunteer Introduction (schedule below).

  2. After attending a New Volunteer Introduction, complete an application, phone interview and background check.

  3. Attend role-specific training.

Upcoming New Volunteer Introduction Schedule

New Volunteer Introductions are typically held onsite at our main hospital in Sausalito, California, but are currently being held as online events. Registration is required as space is limited. 

You only need to attend one New Volunteer Introduction - please do not sign up for more than one event.

Northern Range* Rescue and Response Volunteers (must be 21+)

September 21 |  6:00pm-8:30pm


*Currently we are not recruiting additional Response volunteers in Marin, Alameda or Contra Costa counties. We are recruiting for Mendocino, Sonoma, Napa, San Mateo, San Francisco, Solano, Sacramento, Yolo and Placer counties. San Mateo and Mendocino counties are in particularly high need of new volunteers. These county-level needs will be updated for each onboarding cycle.

Volunteers in Sonoma and Mendocino counties (north of Jenner) support all aspects of marine mammal rescue and release.

Note: For Jenner / Bodega Bay and south, see Volunteering in Sausalito and San Francisco Bay Area.

On-call duties include assessing reported marine mammals and working with staff to determine whether rescue is needed and if so, rescuing and transporting injured and sick marine mammals to our hospital in Sausalito, as well as providing public outreach and education on the beach during rescues.

Volunteers must be at least 21 years old, have a valid driver’s license and clear a Motor Vehicle Report. Rescues in this region are seasonal, and there may be long periods of inactivity.

Time Commitment:

  • Attend an annual refresher training as well as any supplemental training.
  • Commit to responding to reported marine mammals in your county on an on-call basis.

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