Attend a New Volunteer Introduction (schedule below).
After attending a New Volunteer Introduction, complete an application, phone interview and background check.
Attend role-specific training.
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.
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.
- 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.