Volunteer Positions

Interested in volunteering at the Marine Mammal Care Center? Volunteers are a vital component to our success. Thank you for considering donating your time! Learn about the various opportunities below and submit an application!

Animal Care & Husbandry

Animal Care volunteers are the manpower necessary to provide a clean and safe environment for our patients. Previous pinniped husbandry experience not required.  Training is performed in-house, “on the job” under the supervision of the husbandry and veterinary staff. Animal Care volunteers commit to a weekly shift from either (approximately) 6am-12pm or 12pm-6pm for at least one year.

Animal Care Position Info

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More information about our internship opportunity with the Animal Husbandry Department

2020 Husbandry Internship Application

There are limited open positions, if your availability doesn’t match an open shift you will be added to the wait-list for future shift openings.


Education volunteers carry out the essential role of interacting with the public. Education or office background is a plus, but not required.  Training is done in-house by the education staff. Education volunteers commit to a weekly four hour shift for at least one year. More Info on Education Volunteer position

Gift Store Volunteer – The Gift Store Volunteer will assist the Education team with gift store sales and operations, guest interaction, and other day-to-day operations. This volunteer reports to the Docent Liaison, and will be on-site at the hospital and educational facility in San Pedro. More Information

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Other Volunteer Opportunities

We have a variety of other volunteer opportunities that are vital to the continuation of MMCC LA’s mission.

Under 18?  Contact hturkes@marinemammalcare.org to find out ways you can volunteer.

Development Volunteer

Executive Assistant Volunteer

IT/Web/Technical Assistant Volunteer

Event Planning Volunteer

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Have a special skill you would like to share with us?

Contact hturkes@marinemammalcare.org to discuss other volunteer opportunities.

To be considered for a volunteer position at the Marine Mammal Care Center each individual:

  • Must be 18 years or older before your anticipated start date.
  • Selected and Approved Candidates are required to pay for a $40 background check.
  • Must be willing to commit to a consistent shift as required by the specific roles’ commitment requirement..
  • Must submit an application (at the bottom of this page). Approved applicants will then interview and attend orientation sessions


How to become a volunteer:

Once your application has been reviewed and your skills and availability match our needs, our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to schedule an interview.

After the interview, you will be required to attend a series of orientation classes held at MMCC LA in the Center For Marine Studies.

Once completed, it will be determined if your skills and availability will match current openings. Accepted volunteers must then clear a background check.

Husbandry Training Opportunities

MMCC LA offers intensive hands-on volunteer Husbandry Training opportunities to undergraduate college students, graduates and veterinary students looking to gain experience in the marine mammal field.  Please refer to the Husbandry Training Opportunity page for more information.

Questions? Email hturkes@marinemammalcare.org

Information for current MMCC volunteers

To complement your hands on experience, MMCC has an official printed Volunteer Manual that is required reading. You should plan to complete an initial read within the first month of volunteering. There are hard copies located in MMCC’s break area for reference while in-house. Or, you may view online by clicking on the link below.

(*The password may be obtained from MMCC’s Director of Operations.)

MMCC Volunteer Manual – link coming soon

Additional volunteer information:

  • For each area of involvement, specific information and safety skills are needed to perform the tasks.
  • Training is completed in-house, and is hands-on, under the guidance of an experienced supervisor.
  • Additionally, there are periodic “training sessions” offered to current volunteers.
  • These opportunities are posted in the volunteer break area.
  • Please direct questions to the Husbandry Manager, Husbandry Assistant or Education Coordinator.

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