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, May 4, 2019 • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
• Saturday, June 1, 2019 • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


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. Applications must be received by April 19. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated.

Call 310-548-7562 to register. Financial assistance is available.

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

• Thursday, April 25, 2019 - Thursday, May 23, 2019 • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM


Research Program Icebreaker
Each cycle of high school student research at CMA begins with a Research Program Icebreaker to meet and interview new applicants. Applications are provided at the Research Program Icebreaker for the year-long Young Scientists Program.

The event takes place in the aquarium and on the beach, so dress appropriately for work around the waves. Snacks are provided, but please bring your lunch. Attendance throughout the entire icebreaker, which starts promptly at 10am, is required for the program application.

RSVP by May 12 to

This event is for high school students only.


• Sunday, May 19, 2019 • 10:00 AM - 3:00 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.