Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The current volunteer openings are listed below.

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

Aquarium Guide

Volunteer Guide

Become a Volunteer Guide and share the Monterey Bay Aquarium's mission to inspire conservation of the oceans. As a Volunteer Guide, you'll explore and learn about the ocean and Aquarium exhibits with our guests.


Guides stand at various exhibits throughout the Aquarium on a four-hour shift per week or five-hour shift every other weekend. Guides handle live animals and plants in cold water touch pools and should be able to communicate effectively in large and small groups. Volunteer Guides interact with multicultural and multilingual guests in a respectful and engaging manner. Volunteers must be age 18 and older.

Length of Time Commitment

Three months of regular volunteering is required. We encourage new volunteers joining our program to commit to one year or more of volunteering to experience all the Aquarium Guide program has to offer.

If you have already submitted an electronic application, please note there is an interview and training process. We invite all applicants accepted into the program to attend an orientation on Tuesday, August 19 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and three evenings of training on September 22, 25 and 29 from 6 to 9 p.m.

We are no longer accepting applications for the fall 2014 Volunteer Guide program. Please check back for future opportunities.

Other Administrative/Special Volunteer Openings

Administrative Volunteer

We're currently looking to fill a handful of positions that include assisting departments in the administration and business operations of the Aquarium. These positions are flexible but generally ask for a weekly commitment of approximately four hours.

If you're interested in becoming an Administrative Volunteer, please complete our Volunteer Application Form.

Special Events Volunteer

The Aquarium hosts special celebrations and bilingual events highlighting ocean conservation. Special Events Volunteers assist with these special events held on weekends at the Aquarium. The time commitment is approximately one weekend per month. Special Events Volunteers greet guests and promote event programs, booths and activities. Bilingual Spanish/English speakers are highly encouraged to apply.

If you're interested in becoming a Special Events Volunteer, please complete our Volunteer Application Form.