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.

Please note Animal Care volunteers must be age 21 or over

Docent and Gift Shop volunteers must be age 18 or over

If you are interested in an Animal Care, Docent or Gift Shop position, please click on the "Apply Now" button below.


Animal Care Volunteers

****CLOSED AS OF JULY 2017****

PLEASE CHECK BACK IN FALL OF 2017 FOR ANIMAL CARE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Animal Care Volunteer 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 & Volunteer Teachers

Docent Volunteer Description

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

As a PMMC Docent, you will be joining a team of dynamic individuals who are passionate about sharing our mission and knowledge about marine mammals and conservation. Docents greet our guests and take them on a tour to view the animals in our outdoor pools. Throughout the tour, PMMC Docents share information about how we rescue and rehabilitate the animals in our care as well as why it is important and how people can get involved in our mission. Docents can also get involved with promoting PMMC’s mission throughout the community by participating in various local outreach events. 

Volunteer Teacher Description

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

As a PMMC volunteer teacher, you will be joining a team of creative and enthusiastic individuals who have a passion for sharing knowledge about marine mammals and the environment with children and other individuals through structured educational programs. Our education programs include a presentation, a tour and hands on-activities that allow participants to learn the importance of conservation. Additionally, teachers can participate in PMMC’s ‘give back’ programs. These experiences assist children at risk, children in hospitals as well as veterans with challenges they face. Join the team and help us make a difference in the lives of others!

Time Commitment

  • Commitment of one year

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

  • All docents will be cross-trained to assist in the "Treasure Trove" Gift Shop as needed

  • Flexibility to assist at evening or weekend off-site outreach events

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

Skills/Qualifications

  • Age 18 or older ( If you are under 18 you are encouraged to call our education department to inquire about seasonal volunteer opportunities as a junior counselor for our Kids Club and Camp Pinniped program.)

  • Ability to work well on a team

  • Prior docent or teaching experience a plus but not required

"Treasure Trove" Gift Shop Volunteers

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

"Treasure Trove" Gift Shop Volunteer 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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