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
On the first Saturday of each month, join CMA Educators and volunteers in a beach cleanup, clearing the shore of marine debris. Meet at the steps in front of the auditorium.

Groups are required to make reservations by the Thursday before the event: Call Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm, 310-548-7562.

FREE; open to all ages.

• Saturday, March 2, 2019 • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
• Saturday, April 6, 2019 • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM


Earth Day - Take Action Day!
Take action to help our local environment for Earth Day! Learn about the impact of microplastics and help clean our community's beautiful Cabrillo Beach on #CMAtakeactionday.

Event Highlights
• Beach Cleanup: 9 am – 12 pm (Registration: 9 am – 11:30 am)
• Interactive activities on the beach including a nurdle and microplastic challenge with prizes, a sand crab station, a beach wrack station, a bird watching station and grunion hatching on the hour.
• Kayak Kleanup — B.Y.O.B (Bring Your Own Boat and provide your own life vest) If you are interested in the kayak kleanup, please email
• Free 4 hour parking for beach cleaners

Help make this a “ZERO WASTE” event - bring your own gloves, trash buckets and re-usable water bottle!

Free; open to all ages.

• Saturday, April 20, 2019 • 9:00 AM - 12:00 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, March 11 and Monday, March 18 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 April 2 through June 7.

Applications are available and must be turned in by February 28, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Floyd Anderson at (310) 548-7562 x229.

• Monday, March 11, 2019 - Monday, March 18, 2019 • 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.