Why Volunteer?

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Become a Seymour Marine Discovery Volunteer and

  • contribute to the community
  • explore the ocean and sea life
  • learn about exciting marine science research firsthand from the experts
  • attend special field trips, seminars, lectures, and outings
  • make new friends
  • share your knowledge with children and visitors from around the world
  • enjoy social events and potlucks
  • receive discounts in the Ocean Discovery Shop
  • earn courtesy guest passes

It could change your life!

“Loved our visit here. Touch pools were so fun and the staff are so knowledgeable.  One docent was our favorite, thank you Jack for being so much fun. The center is lucky to have such great volunteers.” J.W., Folsom, CA


Over 200 volunteers continually support the Center in a variety of ways, from teaching underserved kids to painting whale bones to leading tours as a docent. Volunteers support day-to-day operations and many education programs that benefit the community. In return,our volunteers get a lifelong learning opportunity.

UCSC student interns can receive academic credit (up to 5 units) by assisting with visitor and school programs as well as helping to develop projects for public displays, programs, and exhibits.

Volunteer Enrichment Series

The Seymour Marine Discovery Center provides many opportunities for veteran volunteers to continue to learn. Volunteers are encouraged to choose from a variety of activities that hone their skills, increase their knowledge, and keep them highly engaged. Each year, 25-30 presentations by marine scientists, policy/resource managers, or professional educators are available to our volunteers. Special behind-the-scenes activities with researchers in their labs or with experts in the field are also offered.

Typical field experiences include visiting Año Nuevo State Reserve to observe northern elephant seals, a trip to a local abalone farm, tidepooling, or visiting The Marine Mammal Center. Enrichments are designed to excite volunteers while furthering their understanding of natural history, marine research, resource management, and human impacts on the marine environment.

Days & Hours

Tuesday to Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM


Spotlight!

FISH PHYSIOLOGY
November 11, 2018
1:30–2:30 PM
Can a fish drink too much? Join us for a lecture and book signing with the author of our newest exhibit, Squidtoons.

KEN NORRIS
MEMORIAL LECTURE
November 13, 2018
7–8:30 PM
“Oil and Gas Development Off California's Coast--Is More in Our Future?”

SCIENCE SUNDAY
November 18, 2018
1:30 – 2:30 PM
Turning off the Tap on California’s Trash: Marine Debris Research, Prevention, and Removal. Photo: NOAA

LOCALS “SEYMOUR”
IN NOVEMBER
November 27–30, 2018
Santa Cruz County locals can visit the Seymour Marine Discovery Center for free! (Proof of residency required.)

PROSPECTIVE VOLUNTEER NIGHT
November 28, 2018
6:30–8 PM
Learn more about becoming a volunteer, plus enjoy after-hours shopping in our Ocean Discovery Shop.

Join our teamUCSC UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE STUDENT OPPORTUNITY
Now accepting proposals for the 2018-19 Student Research and Education Awards. Application deadline: November 30, 2018.

Join our teamATTENTION TEACHERS
Apply NOW for the best science field trip of the year! Submit your application for Discovery Labs today.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR UCSC STUDENTS!
Seymour Center has positions open for UCSC students who want to work in a dynamic and exciting environment. To join our team, apply today!

BECOME A MEMBER TODAY
Every membership includes free admission for 12 months and other benefits. Join or renew online today!

Join our volunteer teamVOLUNTEER WITH US!
Looking for a way to make a difference? Interested in learning more about marine science and conservation? Feel great, learn lots, and make an impact—that's what happens when you become a Seymour Center volunteer!

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