Marine Mammal Care Center
Los Angeles

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 Interested in volunteering at the Marine Mammal Care Center? Learn about the various opportunities below and submit an application!

Volunteers are a vital component to our success. Thank you for considering donating your time! 

Seasonal Opportunities

Seasonal volunteers assist the Animal Husbandry team during our busy spring season so they may spend more time providing patient care. Seasonal volunteers DO NOT work directly with our patients, but are just as vital to helping us save lives! See shift times and responsibilities below:

Animal Care Support (7:00am-10:00am) (11:00am-2:00pm) (4:00pm-7:00pm)

  • Laundry: washing blankets and towels to keep animals warm overnight
  • Dishes: cleaning and disinfecting dishes and feeding tubes
  • Kennel Cleaning: wash and sanitize kennels used to hold animals

Record Keeping (8:00am-11:00am)

  • Updating medical charts using notes from daily feed sheets

Seasonal opportunities usually last from mid-February through June, but exact timing varies with patient count. These volunteers commit to a weekly shift through the busy season. To apply for a Seasonal Volunteer Opportunity complete this form and send to

Animal Care Husbandry

Husbandry volunteers are the manpower necessary to provide a clean and safe environment for our patients.  Involvement in activities is based on skill level of a volunteer. Daily tasks performed include, but are not limited to:

  • Food Preparation:  Thawing fish / Preparing gruel / Weighing out scheduled meals / Engaging in safe food handling practices 
  • Kitchen Tasks:  Washing dishes and feeding tubes / Sanitizing food prep areas / Maintaining a clean and safe food prep environment
  • General Cleaning:  Laundry / Kennels and portable housing / Animal enclosures / Human break areas
  • Recordkeeping:  Accurately transferring patient information into medical charts
  • Feeding:  Providing meals to patients – under the supervision of the husbandry staff / Documenting food intake and behavior
  • Facility Assistant: Checking and monitoring of chlorine levels in pools / Water temperature / Pump pressures and flow / Checking mechanical unit functionality / Performing filter backwash / Cleaning system filter basket / Opening drain and bleed valves as needed / Performing water Coliform tests / Cleaning pump baskets /Reporting any pool failures to appropriate party

Previous pinniped husbandry experience not required.  Training is performed in-house, “on the job” under the supervision of the husbandry and veterinary staff. These volunteers commit to a weekly shift from either 6am-12pm or 12pm-6pm for at least one year. To apply submit an application.


Education & Outreach 

Education volunteers carry out the essential role of interacting with the public.  Each category is a distinct position.  However, individuals may participate in more than one area.

  • Fence Docent:  Communication with the public about our mission and the animals in our care
  • Gift Shop:  Conducting sales / Fielding questions about MMCC and the species that we care for
  • Group Tour Leader:  For larger or scheduled groups, offering classroom activities along with answering questions at the fence
  • Outreach:  Attending events - representing MMCC at fairs, schools, and organizations
  • Fundraising:  Acquiring donations / Helping with event preparation
  • Office Support:  Answering phone inquiries, accepting donations, assisting with outreach preparation

Education and office background desired, but not required.  Training is done in-house by the education and outreach staff. These volunteers commit to a weekly shift from either 10am-2pm or 1pm-4pm for at least one year. To apply submit an application.


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

Contact 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 each week during our busy season.
  • Needs to submit an application. 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 Recruiter will contact you and invite you to MMCC LA for an interview.

After the interview, you will be required to attend a series of orientation classes.

Once completed, it will be determined if your skills and availability will match current openings.

Orientations are held at MMCC LA in the Center For Marine Studies. Seats are limited. Classes are held throughout the year.


If you are interested in applying for a volunteer position and attending orientation, please use this link Volunteer Application to complete the application.



Volunteer Hours

MMCC LA is open 365 days a year. We staff a morning and afternoon shift every day including holidays.

Lengths of shift may vary during the busy season and high case-load  times (January - June).

Flexibility is essential to accomodate patient needs.

Animal Husbandry Shifts  - Morning (6am - 12 Noon)  Afternoon (12 Noon - 6pm)

Education Shifts - Morning (10am - 2pm)  Afternoon (1pm - 4pm)

(Group Tours, Outreach and Fundraising Events are scheduled as needed)

Click here to submit an application and you will be contacted if/when a position opens that may fit your schedule.


Husbandry Training Opportunities

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


Questions? Email