Volunteer docent for the Seals at Casa Beach in La Jolla
342 people are interested
If you're looking for an opportunity to:
1. Docent (teach the public/visitors) about marine mammals in their natural habitat - not captured in a swimming pool.
2. Meet other people who love animals and care about the environment
3. See wildlife in an urban environment (La Jolla's Children's Pool Beach) and have the opportunity to watch harbor seals through pregnancy, birth, and the raising of pups by their moms, as well as their every day lives.....
Then look no further!
There is a colony of approximately 200 harbor seals in La Jolla that need our protection. These seals rest, give birth to, and raise their pups on a small stretch of public beach that is visited year round by local residents, as well as visitors from around the world!
As a volunteer docent you will educate the public about this harbor seal colony. You will inform people that seals are wild animals, very shy and frighten easily. In order to prevent unintentional harassment, staying off the beach is best. Also, you will call and report any incidents of intentional seal harassment that do occur to the National Agency responsible for protecting wildlife.
November through May is a critical time for the seals as the females need more uninterrupted rest during the final trimester of their pregnancies, and once the pups are born (January through April), they need approximately four to six weeks to bond with, teach, and wean their pups. We had a very successful pupping season this year, with 50 pups born. Please contact us today!
Volunteer shifts are generally for two to three hours, 2x per month. You are free to sign up on the group's calendar based on your availability. The flexibility is incredible!
Every extra minute of rest the seals get because of your time volunteered helps to increase their survival. Please contact us today!
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About Seal Society of San Diego
P.O. Box 587, La Jolla, CA 92038, US
The Seal Society of San Diego, formerly the La Jolla Friends of the Seals and the Seal Conservancy, was created to preserve the Harbor Seal rookery located at Casa Beach in La Jolla, Ca for ecological, educational, scientific, historic and scenic opportunities. The Seal Society administers a volunteer docent program which provides environmental education for the public and promotes safe viewing of harbor seals along the coast of Southern California. Preserving a Unique Natural Treasure
The Seal Society of San Diego, a non-profit all-volunteer organization, was established in May 1999. Its original name was La Jolla Friends of the Seals. On 1 July, it became the Seal Society of San Diego. Its specific purposes are the preservation of the La Jolla Harbor seal colony for ecological, educational, scientific, historic and scenic opportunities. These are accomplished through a volunteer Naturalist-Docent Program which provides environmental education for the public and promotes safe viewing of Harbor seals and other marine life.
We'll work with your schedule.
Casa Beach/Children's Pool849 Coast Blvd.La Jolla, CA 92037
- Verbal / Written Communication
- People 55+
- Must be at least 18
- Two three hours shifts at the beach (but flexible)