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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 Living Coast’s volunteers work in every area of the institution.

We encourage people ages 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.

To inquire about becoming a docent contact Tina@thelivingcoast.org or (619) 409-5905.


The Living Coast Discovery Center is a unique zoological organizations in San Diego that provides volunteer opportunities!  The program brings people 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.

Individuals, ages 16 and older, are invited to contribute to the educational mission of the Center through facilitating hands-on activities with guests. Volunteering is a great way to positively impact the community while gaining experience working as a member of a team!

Join the team!  Apply online by following the links below. If you are a minor or still in high school, do not forget to download the Short Answer Questionnaire and submit it to the Living Coast by visiting in person, email Tina@thelivingcoast.org, or by mail.


  • Download the PDF Cover letter here
  • Apply online (part 1) here
  • Download the PDF Short Answer Application (part 2) here


  • Download the PDF Cover letter here
  • Apply online here

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.

Internships available!

Animal Care Internship – Now accepting applications

Are you thinking of a future in Zoology, Marine Biology, or Animal Care?
Download a pdf of the Animal Care Internship Description here.
To Apply, send a cover letter and resume to lindsay@thelivingcoast.org

Education Internships

Enjoy working with kids? Want to become a teacher? Love talking to mixed-family groups? The Education department may be the place for you!
To Apply, send a cover letter and resume to amanda@thelivingcoast.org


Current Volunteers:

Access your VicNet (Volgistics) account from any Internet device by going to the following link: https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/?FROM=165166

If you have any volunteer/volgistics related questions please contact Jasamine via email, jasamine@thelivingcoast.org

Partial list of volunteer positions: 
Arts & Crafts Leaders
Education (camp & field trip assistance)
Overnight Adventure Crew
Guest Experience /Roving Interpreters
Guest Greeters
Maintenance Crew
Exhibit Monitors (Shark & Ray, Aviary, & Touch Tank Monitors)

Please check with the Volunteer Department 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.