Volunteer Opportunities


Volunteer experience for six months or more with a non-profit organization that includes training, increasing responsibility and leadership looks great on your resume. Get the hands-on experience working with live animals that will make you a desirable candidate for jobs, internship and research opportunities at these places:


Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Help kids learn marine science or work with animals and work your way up to Aquarist Assistant and care for tanks. 


Tijuana River Estuary Reserve

Protect nesting endangered birds, works side-by-side with scientists helping to collect data on estuary health or teach visitors about ecology and supervise volunteers doing restoration projects. 


Ocean Discovery Institute

Help teach low-income kids about science and conservation at the hands-on discovery lab. Opportunities range from one-day events to paid year-long internships as science educators. Spanish-speaking volunteers are preferred.  


Project Wildlife

Help care for orphaned and injured birds and mammals. They recruit volunteer in the fall and expect you to commit to a year, due to the extensive training unless you already have experience.