We do not currently have a set date for when we will allow volunteers to begin working again. We are currently accepting applications for new volunteers, but will not be reviewing them until we reopen.

Living Coast - Community volunteers

Our dedicated volunteers and interns are an essential part of our team. Annually, our volunteers donate a combined 28,000 hours of energetic, wildlife-loving effort annually in every area of the organization.

We encourage people ages 16 and older who care about San Diego wildlife and coastal conservation to volunteer.


Become a Volunteer

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

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 Application and submit it to the Living Coast in person, by mail, or by email: volunteers@thelivingcoast.org.

2021 Volunteer Application Information

Applications DueOrientation
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*If you are under 18, you must have our short answer form and a letter of recommendation submitted before receiving an invitation to orientation

Teens & High School Students

Requirements

What we expect of you

  • Respect visitors, staff, and other volunteers
  • Commit to 12 months of volunteer service
  • All volunteers are encouraged to attend volunteer enrichment events, which allow an opportunity to meet other volunteers and expand knowledge

Ready to start?

  • Complete the online application and submit your short answer forms and letter of recommendation, then we will contact you with the details for our next volunteer orientation

Adults

Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • View the PDF ‘Becoming A Volunteer’
  • Must submit to a background check (we will provide this paperwork to you at orientation)
  • We are unable to accept volunteers for the purposes of satisfying court-ordered community service

What we expect of you

  • Respect visitors, staff, and other volunteers
  • Commit to 12 months of volunteer service
  • All volunteers are encouraged to attend volunteer enrichment events, which allow an opportunity to meet other volunteers and expand knowledge

Ready to start?

  • Complete the online application and then we will contact you with the details for our next volunteer orientation

Living Coast Discovery Center - Volunteers

Partial List of Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Arts & Crafts Leader
  • Docent (leads tour groups)
  • Education (camp & field trip assistance)
  • Overnight Adventure Crew
  • Guest Experience /Roving Interpreters
  • Guest Greeters
  • Maintenance Crew
  • Office/Clerical
  • Exhibit Monitor (Shark & Ray, Aviary, & Touch Tank)
Living Coast Discovery Center - Volunteers

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 volunteers@thelivingcoast.org or (619) 409-5905.

2021 Docent Training Schedule – TBD


Community Volunteer Opportunities: 

We host approximately 2 clean ups per month (typically on Saturdays).
If you’d like to volunteer for a clean up, check our Facebook events page for upcoming cleanups or email volunteers@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, volunteers@thelivingcoast.org.


Internships

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 volunteers@thelivingcoast.org and fill out the volunteer/intern application here, specifying which internship you are applying for. 

2021 Program Details

Session MonthsApplications AcceptedApplication DeadlineInternship Start Date
SpringMar – JunTBDTBDTBD
SummerMay – Aug or Jun – SeptTBDTBDTBD
FallSept – DecTBDTBDTBD
WinterDec – Mar 2021TBDTBDTBD
*Due to the considerable differences between the end dates for semester and quarter-system schools, allowance is given for individual start dates for the summer session.

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 Summer 2021 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. Intern schedule will be between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on either Wednesdays, Fridays, or Saturdays. 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