Living Coast - Community volunteers

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.

2022 Volunteer Application Dates

Applications DueOrientation
October 9, 2022October 15, 2022
November 13, 2022November 20, 2022
December 11, 2022December 17, 2022

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.

Fall Training Schedule

10 AM – 3 PM

Friday, October 7
Friday, November 4
Friday, December 2

Docent training is a three-part series. You must attend all three sessions to become a docent at the Living Coast Discovery Center.

For questions, contact or (619) 409-5909.

View the full docent description here.

Docents must be 18 years or older.


Interns are unpaid, short-term volunteers who receive specified training to work within one department. All interns must be at least 16 years old. To apply, send a resume and cover letter. To apply, send a resume and cover letter to and fill out the internship application here, specifying which department(s) you are interested in. 

2022 Program Details

SessionTime FrameProgramApplication Deadline

Animal Care Internships

Are you thinking of a future in Zoology, Marine Biology, or Animal Care? We’re currently accepting resumes for interns at least 16 years old. Download a pdf of the Animal Care Internship Description here. 

Education Internships

Enjoy working with kids or want to become a teacher? The Education Department may be the place for you! View our 2022 internship description here.

Horticulture Internship

Are you interested in learning what it takes to create and maintain a native garden? Apply for our 12-week  horticulture internship. The intern schedule will be between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Thursdays or Sundays. See the full description here.

Sustainability Internship 

We’re currently seeking enthusiastic and motivated individuals interested in gaining experience or a career in environmental sustainability to participate in a part-time, unpaid internship. See the full description here.

Living Coast Discovery Center - Conservation