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Marine Mammal Center Youth Crew

Local Region:

North Bay


2000 Bunker Road
Fort Cronkhite
Sausalito, CA 94965
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(415) 754-4034



Contact Name:

Deirdre Denmon


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Intern / Lab Volunteer
This program is "hands on."
Ages 15-18
Fees / Stipend:
$50 fees
Jan 1 - Aug 31, 2019 ... check back for next year's date
8 months
The Youth Crew program year is divided into two sessions, animal care crew and education. Both sessions are mandatory and all students are required to commit to the full program year (January-August).

Animal Care (January-May):

During their first session as a youth volunteer, youth will work closely with their animal care crew supervisors and fellow adult volunteers to maintain the health of active marine mammal patients in our Veterinary Science department.

Responsibilities include:
Washing dishes/
Meal preparation/
Cleaning patient pens/pools/

Education (May-August):
In the second session as a youth volunteer, students will become youth counselors or youth interpreters in our Education department. Youth will be required to support Camp Sea Quest or Guest Experience.

Responsibilities include:
Greeting and interacting with the Center’s visitors/
Assisting with onsite programs/

Animal care volunteers provide the daily care of the animals, which includes general cleaning, laundry, dishes, equipment maintenance, weighing, charting records, and preparing food for feeding (and other duties at the discretion of the Crew Supervisor and Youth Programs Coordinator). Youth volunteers may have direct contact with the animals but that contact is at the discretion of the Crew Supervisor and Youth Programs Coordinator, and is dependent upon the volunteer's performance and a variety of other circumstances.

Students may continue volunteering past the initial 8 weeks of the program.

Youth Crew 2019 Applications open Fall 2018

(Text is taken or adapted from official program website)
By Mail
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Target Group:
Be a high school (or equivalent level of homeschool) student between the ages of 15-18.
All Youth Crew program participants must: Please know that all students enrolled in high school must apply to Youth Crew to volunteer at The Marine Mammal Center even if they are 18. Commit to a weekly 4-8 hours shift every week from January–August. Attend all mandatory training days and workshops. Arrange their own transportation to and from the Center. Have an interest in veterinary science, marine biology, education, conservation and/or other related fields! No prior work/volunteer experience is necessary for applicants. Trainings will be provided before the start of each session. Due to the discretion of the program, we do not offer short-term volunteer opportunities or accept youth under the age of 15 into the program.
# of Recommendations:
Other Materials:
• Fill out Youth Crew Online Application (Opens Fall 2018 for Youth Crew 2019) • Teacher Recommendation Form • Emergency Waiver • $50 Registration Fee* (only for accepted youth) * Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. Application form and waiver form (available online), 250-word essay, and teacher recommendation. Each applicant is required to attend a Youth Orientation Meeting to learn about the program in more detail; this is usually held one week after the deadline from 1 to 4 p.m. If still interested, schedule a one-on-one interview with the program coordinator for final acceptance.
Last updated Feb 2, 2018, 1:25 PM. Please check the official website link for the most accurate and current information to applying!