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Volunteer or Intern

The Living Coast’s dedicatedNatalie and Carlos1 volunteers and interns are an essential part of our team.  Donating a combined 25,000 hours of energetic, wildlife-loving effort annually, they 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 and interns.

Living Coast volunteers and interns receive a discount on membership, parking privileges, and invitations to special volunteer-only workshops and lectures.



Become a Volunteer

The volunteer 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+ are invited to contribute to the educational mission of the Living Coast by 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!

Apply online by following the links below. In the application, we invite you to detail your experience, interests, and other important information. Once the application is received in full, it will be reviewed and we will reach out to you.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 in person, by mail, or by email: education@thelivingcoast.org.

Teens & High School Students:IMG_9998

  • 1. Download the PDF Cover letter here
  • 2. Apply online here
  • 3. Download the PDF Short Answer Application here


  • Download the PDF Cover letter here
  • Apply online here


Partial list of volunteer opportunities:Linda and Carol

-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)

Become a DocentPatricia3
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 is every Thursday from April 6- June 8 from 2:00 – 5:30 p.m. 

To inquire about becoming a docent — or to RSVP for training — contact Tina@thelivingcoast.org or (619) 409-5905.


Interns are short-term volunteers who receive specified training to work within one department. All interns must be at least 16 years old. 

Animal Care Internships- Now accepting resumes for the Summer Sessionben and hawkeye

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- Accepting resumes

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 education@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 email, education@thelivingcoast.org