At Pacific Marine Mammal Center, we love our volunteers! We utilize volunteers to help us with our animal care, docent & education, and Gift Shop needs.

We have recently updated our volunteer process. Please read the three volunteer job descriptions below, then click on "Apply Here" to complete our volunteer application. The online application will ask to rank your interest in each volunteer position (1st choice, 2nd choice, 3rd choice). Due to the volume of volunteer applicants, you may not be contacted immediately after applying - please be patient with us!

Animal Care is busiest between January and May. Please note our Animal Care positions are seasonal and are closed as of February 17, 2016. If you select Animal Care as your 1st choice and you do not indicate a 2nd or 3rd choice on your application, you most likely will be contacted only during times when we are recruiting solely for Animal Care volunteers.


Animal Care Volunteers

Volunteer Job Description

Animal care volunteering is a unique opportunity to work with marine mammals. As a volunteer, you will assist in the treatment and care of seals, sea lions and cetaceans stranded due to injury or illness along Orange County beaches, and to help release healthy animals back to their natural habitat.

Time Commitment

  • Commitment of one year
  • One 4-8 hour shift per week on a consistent day
  • All our volunteers are encouraged to volunteer at our annual fundraising events

Skills/Qualifications

  • Must be 21 years or older
  • Ability to work well on a team
  • Willingness to commit to PMMC on a weekly basis
  • High levels of physical fitness and mental dedication
  • Eagerness to work hard under difficult and stressful conditions
  • Ability to tolerate unpleasant sights and smells

Docent Volunteers

Morning shift: 10 am - 1 pm
Afternoon shift: 1 pm - 4 pm 

Docent Volunteer Job Description

As a PMMC docent, you will be trained to meet and greet our visitor's yard guests while sharing information about our history, mission and patients. Being a docent at Pacific Marine Mammal Center is a unique opportunity to support marine mammal rescue and meet people who share your interests in marine mammals and the environment.

Time Commitment

  • Commitment of one year

  • One 3 hour shift per week - on a consistent day

  • All our volunteers are encouraged to volunteer at our annual fundraising events

Skills/Qualifications

  • Age 18 or older

  • Ability to work well on a team

  • Willingness to commit to PMMC on a weekly basis

Gift Shop Volunteers

Morning shift: 10 am - 1 pm
Afternoon shift: 1 pm - 4 pm 

Gift Shop Volunteer Job Description

Gift Shop volunteers greet and assist our visitors with their Gift Shop purchases and payment transactions. Volunteers help stock the gift store shelves, take simple inventory as requested, and help keep the Gift Shop tidy.

Time Commitment

  • Commitment of one year (some flexibility allowed in summer months)

  • One 3 hour shift per week - on a consistent day

  • All our volunteers are encouraged to volunteer at our annual fundraising events

Skills/Qualifications

  • Age 18 or over preferred

  • Basic computer skills a plus

  • Basic cashiering skills a plus

  • Ability to work well on a team

  • Willingness to commit to PMMC on a weekly basis (some flexibility allowed during summer months)

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