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
March 12, 2023March 18, 2023
April 9, 2023April 16, 2023
May 14, 2023May 20, 2023
June 4, 2023June 11, 2023

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.

2023 Winter Training Schedule

10 AM – 3 PM

Saturday, January 7
Saturday, February 4
Saturday, March 4

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.


2023 Opportunities

SessionTime FrameProgramApplication Deadline
SummerJune – AugustAnimal CareApril 4, 2023
SummerJune – AugustMarketingApril 4, 2023
SummerJune – AugustSustainabilityApril 4, 2023
FallSeptember – NovemberAnimal CareJuly 9, 2023
FallSeptember – NovemberSustainabilityJuly 9, 2023
WinterNovember – FebruaryAnimal CareOctober 1, 2023
WinterNovember – FebruarySustainabilityOctober 1, 2023