Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Volunteer Programs

    We welcome your application to become an Aquarium volunteer. To begin your volunteer journey, please review the opportunities below and complete the appropriate application form as noted. Depending upon the position a training period may be required and there may be a waiting period as openings become available. For your convenience, you can print out the volunteer application.

For more information on volunteer opportunities, please send us an email or call 310-548-7562.

Beach Cleanup
In honor of Earth Day, join CMA Educators and volunteers for a beach cleanup. Help pick up trash on Cabrillo Beach.

Groups are required to make reservations by the Thursday before the event. Meet at Outer Cabrillo Beach.

Group registrations: Call Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm, 310-548-7562.
Fee: FREE; open to all ages.

• Saturday, April 18, 2015 • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM


Coastal Park Naturalist Training
We are looking for volunteers who enjoy spending time outside, care about the environment and are interested in educating others about our coastline. Fifth grade students through adults who would like to make a difference in the environment are invited to apply.

Following five consecutive once-a-week training sessions, Coastal Park Naturalists will provide interpretation and monitoring of the Cabrillo fishing pier, Salinas de San Pedro salt marsh, Point Fermin State Marine Park and other Cabrillo Beach habitats. Pre-registration is required to meet the minimum class size of 13 students. Space is limited to 25 individuals. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated.

Please fill out the Coastal Park Naturalist form (below) by April 24 or call 310-548-7562 to register.

Member Price:  $30, Non-Member Price:  $30


• Thursday, April 30, 2015 - Thursday, May 28, 2015 • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM


Native Garden Workday / Beach Cleanup
On the first Saturday of each month, join CMA Educators and volunteers in maintaining the Cabrillo Native Garden and learn more about its plant and animal inhabitants. Also join other volunteers in a beach cleanup clearing the shore of marine debris.

Groups are required to make reservations by the Thursday before the event. Meet at the steps in front of the auditorium.

Group registrations: Call Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm, 310-548-7562.
Fee: FREE; open to all ages.

• Saturday, March 07, 2015 • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
• Saturday, April 04, 2015 • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
• Saturday, May 02, 2015 • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
• Saturday, June 06, 2015 • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM


Research Program Icebreaker
Learn about CMA research opportunities during this one-day event where staff and previous student researchers demonstrate laboratory techniques, conduct interviews for research positions and discuss project options. Mentorship by CMA staff for student projects for summer 2015 will be assigned. RSVP to Kiersten Darrow at 310-548-7562 x204.

This is a free event for high school students.

• Sunday, May 10, 2015 • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM


Spring Program Docent Training Class
We need volunteers to dance like a jellyfish, swim like a whale and hatch the mysterious grunion fish!

Join CMA staff as we welcome 4,000 school children a week and teach them about the animals and habitats of Southern California's ocean. Volunteers will be trained as docents to provide school children with information about the ocean and to help conduct Spring Program activities.

QUALIFICATIONS include an affinity for the outdoors; a desire to learn about the ocean, marine animals and the ocean environment; and an interest in educating children.

Training sessions will be conducted Monday, February 23 and Monday, March 23 from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm.

Docents are asked to give one morning per week from 9:00 am to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, from March 31 through June 5.

Applications are available by contacting Volunteer Coordinator Floyd Anderson at (310) 548-7562 ext.229.

• Monday, March 23, 2015 • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Opportunities are offered to help students fulfill academic service hour requirements and to help us fulfill our mission to educate the public about our local Southern California marine environment. For more information on community service or service-learning requirements, please click here.

Per City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks policy we may not provide opportunities for individuals who are court referred. Contact the Volunteer Center, South Bay/Harbor/Long Beach at 310-212-5009 for court referred assignments.

Once accepted into our program, volunteers are registered with the City of Los Angeles. Volunteers, 14 years and older, must be fingerprinted. All volunteers under 18 years of age must have parent/legal guardian permission to volunteer.  Name badges are provided and t-shirts are available for purchase. Volunteers are encouraged to become a member of our support organization, FRIENDS of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.
View our complete list of volunteer opportunities.