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Volunteer docent for the Seals and Sea Lions in La Jolla

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Seal Society of San Diego

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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 La Jolla cove) and have the opportunity to watch harbor seals and sea lions through pregnancy, birth, and the raising of pups by their moms, as well as their every day lives.....

Then look no further!

There are colonies of harbor seals and sea lions in La Jolla that need our protection. These seals and sea lions rest, give birth to, and raise their pups on two small stretches of public beach and surrounding rocks that are visited year round by local residents, as well as visitors from around the world!

As a volunteer docent you will educate the public about these harbor seal and sea lion colonies. You will inform people that seals and sea lions are wild animals, very shy and frighten easily. In order to prevent unintentional harassment, staying off the beach and rocky areas where they reside is best. Also, you will call and report any incidents of intentional seal and sea lion 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 pregnancy. Most pups are born between January to April. We had a very successful pupping season this year with 60 seals born! The sea lion pupping season starts in late Spring through Summer. Every moment of rest the seals and sea lions get because of your time volunteered helps to increase their survival. Please contact us today!

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About Seal Society of San Diego


P.O. Box 587, La Jolla, CA 92038, US

Mission Statement

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 Pool and La Jolla Point849 Coast Blvd.La Jolla, CA 92037



  • Verbal / Written Communication




  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Two three hours shifts at the beach (but flexible) per month

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