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Do you love the ocean? Become a Sea Center Volunteer!

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Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center

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Do you love the ocean and enjoy interacting with people of all ages? Join the Sea Center Volunteer Program and learn about our local marine ecosystems and gain valuable experience working with the public! Sea Crew volunteers are our main educators at the Sea Center, engaging the public and school groups at our touch tanks and in fun, hands-on marine science activities. We ask for a minimum commitment of four months, and we ask volunteers to sign up for one weekly shift. Most new volunteer training sessions take place the first two Wednesdays of each month. Please contact us for details.

As a Sea Center Volunteer, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the animals and ecology of the Santa Barbara Channel as well as opportunities to participate in advanced trainings, lectures, and field trips.

Contact the Sea Center Volunteer Manager for more information and specific training dates and times. Tel: 805-962-2526 x104 or Email: scvolunteermanager@sbnature2.org or Online: https://www.sbnature.org/volunteer/adult/sea-center-opportunities

While Santa Barbara County is in the Purple Tier, we will operate outdoors with several exhibits set up on the north finger of the wharf next to the Sea Center. There will be one Exhibit Interpreter volunteer per station interpreting to one group of guests at a time, with 6+ feet of distance between guests, volunteers, and staff. Masks are required at all times and volunteers and staff must complete a health screening before each shift.

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About Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center


211 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, US

Mission Statement

To inspire a thirst for discovery and a passion for the natural world.


The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center is focused on connecting people of all ages to the marine environment through interactive exhibits and programs. The dynamic experiences in the Sea Center are designed to inspire a passion for the natural world and foster stewardship of our marine environment.

Children & Youth


We'll work with your schedule.


211 Stearns WharfSanta Barbara, CA 93101



  • STEM
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • People Skills
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Aquarium Maintenance
  • Environmental Education


  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 11
  • Orientation or Training
  • 4 months/48 hours of service
  • Complete background check if over the age of 18

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