Become a Volunteer

Our dedicated volunteers and interns are an essential part of our team. Annually, our volunteers donate a combined 28,000 hours in every area of our organization.

Our volunteer program brings people ages 16+ with a common interest in nature and conservation while developing leadership skills, a sense of responsibility, and the opportunity to give back to the San Diego community.

Once the application is received in full, it will be reviewed, and we will reach out to you. For more information, email  or call the volunteer line at (619) 409-5909.

Living Coast - Community volunteers

2023 Volunteer Application Dates

Applications DueOrientation
July 2, 2023July 9, 2023
August 12, 2023August 19, 2023
September 9, 2023September 16, 2023
October 15, 2023October 22, 2023
November 11, 2023November 18, 2023
December 10, 2023December 17, 2023

The Living Coast Discovery Center cannot fulfill court-mandated community service at this time.

Become a Docent

Share your enthusiasm for local wildlife! The Living Coast Discovery Center seeks creative, passionate, and eco-friendly individuals to join our Docent Program. This is the perfect position for those seeking to expand their knowledge in animal care, public speaking, and environmental education.

Docent training is a four-part series. You must attend a Volunteer Orientation and all three training days to become a docent at the Living Coast Discovery Center.

Applications DueSunday, June 4
Volunteer OrientationSunday, June 11
Training (Day 1)Saturday, July 1
Training (Day 2)Saturday, August 5
Training (Day 3)Saturday, September 2

View the full docent description here.

Docents must be 18 years or older.