Become a whale naturalist on whale watching cruises

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San Diego Natural History Museum

Whalers in action

Join a crew of enthusiastic whale groupies and share your passion for the ocean and its magnificent inhabitants. Training begins October 2. Museum Whalers are trained naturalists who share the wonders of the ocean wilderness with people from around the world. The Tuesday evening classes (October 1-December 10, 2019) include learning about gray whales, rorquals, dolphins, sea lions, seals, birds, and presentation techniques. Upon completion of the training Museum Whalers are asked for a commitment of 10 cruises mid-December through April. Cruises are 9:30 and 1:30 daily on Hornblower Cruises and Events leaving from North Harbor Drive.

To apply please go to This is the first step in the process. Once your application is received you will be invited to a volunteer introduction to hear more details about the program. Minimum of 18 years old to apply.

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970 N. Harbor DriveSan Diego, CA 92132



  • Public Speaking
  • General Education
  • People Skills
  • Environmental Education
  • Community Outreach
  • Animal Care / Handling




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 12 cruises mid-December through April
  • Training is 8 weeknight classes starting October 2 November 27, 2018

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