Updated: Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The current volunteer opportunities are listed below.

For more information, e-mail volunteers@mbayaq.org.

Sea Otter Program (Research and Conservation)

Otter Care Volunteer

The Sea Otter Program, which focuses on research and conservation for the threatened southern sea otter, accepts preliminary applications year-round and takes volunteers on an as-needed basis. Volunteers accepted into the program as Otter Care Volunteers will assist the Aquarium's sea otter research and conservation program with the care for and release of abandoned, ill or injured sea otters.


Volunteers serve on weekly shifts for 5.5 hours. Because of the nature of the program, we're looking for volunteers that are comfortable working in cold/wet environments and will carefully observe and follow all protocols for the position. Volunteers must be age 18 and older.

Length of Time Commitment

Due to the level of training involved, we require volunteers to commit to at least one year of service. Otter Care Volunteers have periodic classroom trainings on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Availability for these trainings is also required.

Recruitment Information

There is an application process, including interviews and trainings.

If you're interested in becoming an Otter Care Volunteer, please complete our Sea Otter Research and Conservation Program Volunteer Application Form.