Cabrillo Marine Aquarium


  Become a Part of the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Family!
Join the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium staff and help us educate thousands of visitors each year about the marine environment of Southern California. Interns and staff serve in many departments in front of the public and behind the scenes. Major divisions include: Aquarists, Exhibits, Research-Aquatic Nursery, Programs, Education, Outreach, Administration, Maintenance, FRIENDS of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.

Most intern and staff positions at the Aquarium are part-time. Interested individuals can submit a resume regardless of whether current opportunities are available. We will add you to our job mailing list for one year to receive flyers of upcoming openings. The Aquarium is a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks and full-time positions (Civil Service) are hired through the City of Los Angeles Personnel Division.
Interns Make a Difference!
Key to the Sea Beach Naturalist Internship 

Key to the Sea is a unique and exciting beach-based field trip program for K-5 classrooms that teach school children about their connection to the ocean!

The Key to the Sea season at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium runs from October through March. If you are interested in applying for an internship position, please contact Heal the Bay starting in September.

For more information about the Key to the Sea Internship click here.

For more information about the Key to the Sea Program visit Heal the Bay's website.

Summer Marine Research Internships
The Young Scientists Program offers intensive training on marine conservation research throughout the summer. These opportunities are generously sponsored by the PADI Foundation, Harbor Community Benefit Foundation, and ConocoPhillips.​

Young Scientists Program
​One-on-one marine research mentorship for high school students begins with an application and interview at the Research Program Icebreaker (May, Sep)​ and continues through mid-August. This program is highly impacted and competitive applicants are those who enthusiastically pursue marine or conservation science careers. Time commitment is at least two days a week.

The PADI Research Internship train​s​ high school ​students to investigate local southern California marine life in the Aquatic Nursery laboratory between June-August. Previous projects include studying juvenile octopus behavior, grunion larval growth, and harbor plankton biodiversity. Eligibility is restricted to harbor area residents.​ Time commitment is about 20hrs/wk.

The Wetlands Research Internship train local high school and college students to study saltmarsh and wetlands ecology in the nearby Salinas de San Pedro between June-August. Previous projects include studying noise sensitivity in harbor fish and the effect of pollution on skeletal growth in plankton. Eligibility is restricted to harbor area residents.​ Time commitment is about 20hrs/wk.