If you have a passion for people, your community and the conservation and stewardship of Southern California’s coastal waters and watersheds, then Heal the Bay wants you! Whether you want to volunteer your time, donate financially or through in-kind gifts to support Heal the Bay's important science, education, community action and advocacy efforts, or if you’re seeking a position with Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, there are a myriad ways you can get involved.
Volunteers must be 15 or older
Volunteers must commit to 10 hours per month, for one year
If selected into the Volunteer Program, a non-refundable $25 program fee is required to support training materials, uniforms, free parking, and free admission to the Aquarium. Please contact us with any questions/concerns.
Are you interested in inspiring others to appreciate the amazing creatures that live in the Santa Monica Bay? If so, then volunteer at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium! We couldn’t open our doors without the help of a dedicated group of volunteers who assist in all areas of the Aquarium’s programs.
You can become an education volunteer assisting our staff with interactive, educational field trip programs; or work as an aquarist intern, helping to maintain the exhibits and care for the animals; or meet, greet and inform the public during public visiting hours, help out with birthday parties and special events.
Internships are available in our education, aquaristing and public programs’ departments. Internships are unpaid positions, but they are a great way to learn about Heal the Bay, the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium and to get your feet wet in the environmental nonprofit world.
To find out what the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is all about and how to get involved, you may want to attend an introductory volunteer orientation, which is the perfect time to meet Aquarium staff and learn more about our volunteer opportunities. Orientations are typically held a few weeks before our quarterly, six-session training course all volunteers must complete.
Volunteering at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is a rewarding experience filled with the personal satisfaction of educating the public about marine animals and habitats.
Benefits of volunteering:
Training program and informational handbook on local marine life and habitats
Free admission to the Aquarium for the volunteer and family members
New: Heal the Bay t-shirt upon completion of 100 hours
Weekly & Monthly volunteer newsletters to keep you informed
Special volunteer recognition and awards events
Opportunities to meet and work with people with shared interests
Opportunity to work with a nonprofit that is one of the most effective environmental groups in California
Support Heal the Bay's efforts for science, education, conservation, community action and advocacy
Training sessions are held in March, June and October.
For volunteer program details: call 310.393.6149 ext 114
Don’t have the time to commit to a schedule as a volunteer or intern? Consider becoming a member of Heal the Bay or contribute to the care and feeding of one of our Aquarium animals through our Aquadoption program.
If you are interested in working at Heal the Bay, please explore our current job opportunities. All information on how to apply is contained within the PDF document for each position.