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The Living Coast Discovery Center’s dedicated volunteers are an essential part of our team.  Donating a combined 15,000 hours of energetic, wildlife-loving effort annually, the Discovery Center’s volunteers work in every area of the institution.

We encourage people age 16 and older who care about San Diego wildlife and coastal resource conservation to become volunteers.

Volunteers generally work 2 to 4 hours per week during the week or on the weekend.  Discovery Center volunteers receive a discount on membership, parking privileges on the Refuge, and invitations to special volunteer-only workshops and lectures.


Become a Docent!
Docents are highly trained volunteers who help educate adults and children about coastal resource conservation, natural history, and more! Docents lead scheduled tours for children and/or adults. Tour dates and times vary and can accommodate almost anyone’s busy schedule. Docent training will be held on Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Discovery Center beginning September 27th, for 9 wks.

For a volunteer application, contact Tina at Tina@thelivingcoast.org or (619) 409-5905.

Click Here to download a full docent training flyer

Teen Volunteers

The Living Coast Discovery Center is one of the very few zoological organizations in San Diego that provides volunteer opportunities for teens.  The program brings teens with a common interest in nature and conservation together while developing leadership skills, a sense of responsibility and a desire to give back to the community.  Teens age 16 and older are invited to contribute to the educational mission of the Center through facilitating hands-on activities with guests.  What a great way to positively impact the community while gaining experience working as a member of a team!

Join the team!  Come to the Discovery Center in person, call the Volunteer Coordinator at (619) 409-5905, or email Jasamine@thelivingcoast.org for an application and volunteering information. In the application, we invite you to detail your experience, interests, and other important information, and then make an appointment for an interview and orientation. Volunteers are trained on a one-on-one basis by our crew leaders.

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Internships available!

Do you really love interacting with people AND animals?
FULL! Please check back in April for Summer Opportunities
Download a pdf of the Guest Experience Intern Job Description here
To apply, send a cover letter and resume to sherry@thelivingcoast.org

Are you thinking of a future in Zoology, Marine Biology, or Animal Care?
FULL! Please check back in April for Summer Opportunities
 Download a pdf of the Winter Animal Care Internship Description here.
To Apply, send a cover letter and resume to lindsay@thelivingcoast.org

Enjoy connecting kids with nature?
Additional positions may be available in the Education Department- please email any inquiries to 

Partial list of volunteer positions: 
Arts & Crafts Leaders
Bird Crew
Guest Experience /Roving Interpreters
Guest Greeters
Maintenance Crew
Shark & Ray Monitors

Please check with the Volunteer Coordinator for current openings.

Partners Volunteer Match and Volunteer San Diego also list specific needs that come up for the Discovery Center.  Check out those links or call us and we’ll let you know what is going on, and where we can use some help.