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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.
     
  CURRENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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, June 6, 2020 • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Beach Cleanup - Cancelled
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, April 4, 2020 • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
• Saturday, May 2, 2020 • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Earth Day - Take Action Day! - Cancelled
Celebrate 50 years of Earth Day by coming out and making an immediate and tangible difference in our own little corner of the planet.Learn about the impact of micro plastics 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 programs@cmaqua.org
• 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 18, 2020 • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Research Program Icebreaker - Cancelled
Each year of high school student research at CMA, the Young Scientists Program, begins with a Research Program Icebreaker to meet and interview new applicants. Applications are provided below and must be
submitted online by Sunday, April 19, 2020.

The Research Program Icebreaker takes place in the aquarium and in the laboratory so please dress appropriately for lab work (close toed shoes are a must). A sandwich lunch and light snacks will be provided. If you have special dietary restrictions we recommend bringing your lunch. Attendance throughout the entire icebreaker, which starts promptly at 10am, is required for the program application. Please arrive a few minutes early to check in.

Space is limited. Applicants must RSVP by April 12 to aquaticnursery.research@cmaqua.org.

Click here to access Young Scientist Program online application form

Click here to learn more about the Young Scientists Program.

This event is for high school students only.

 YSP-Teacher-Recommendation.pdf

• Sunday, April 19, 2020 • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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COMMUNITY SERVICE AND SERVICE-LEARNING
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.

ON-GOING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
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.
 
   
 
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