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Heal the Bay Volunteer Orientation 2019

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Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

1600 Ocean Front Walk

Santa Monica, CA 90401

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Founded on the principle that one person can make a difference, Heal the Bay has empowered over 100,000+ volunteers to improve our environment and communities. Our volunteers are an integral part in fulfilling Heal the Bay's mission - they advocate for safe, healthy and clean water in Los Angeles through education, interpretation, science and more.

Volunteer Orientation occurs every second Monday of the month. Attend one to learn more about Heal the Bay, our various volunteer programs, and current water issues in Los Angeles County.

*Note that the location has changed from Heal the Bay's HQ to our Santa Monica Pier Aquarium!


  • Must be 14 or older to attend (if younger, please contact us).
  • Must commit to a minimum of three months.
  • Must attend a Volunteer Orientation first before attending any Heal the Bay volunteer training.

Benefits of Volunteering with Heal the Bay

  • Join a dedicated community that engages in local environmental issues.
  • Build professional and personal skills.
  • Become a confident advocate for the environment.
  • Access to exclusive Heal the Bay volunteer events.


What are Heal the Bay's volunteer programs?

We have five distinct volunteer programs that we offer. Each program has a specific training associated with it, as well as its own volunteer roles.

  • Aquarium - Aquarium volunteers work at our Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. They support various public programs from interpreting at touch tanks to ensuring the success of private events. They also attend outreach events and represent Heal the Bay all over Los Angeles.
  • Beach - Beach Captain volunteers support our large Nothin' But Sand beach cleanups that occur every third Saturday of the month. They are also involved in other beach programs like Suits on the Sand, and have the opportunity to attend Coastal Cleanup Day Site Captain training.
  • Outreach - These volunteers take Heal the Bay knowledge all over Los Angeles. Speakers Bureau volunteers present in classrooms, in business meetings, at beach cleanups, festivals and more.
  • Community Science - MPA Watch Volunteers survey marine protected areas (MPAs) in Malibu and Palos Verdes. They monitor, collect data, and get to walk along some of California's most stunning beaches.
  • Youth - Middle and high school students register their school club with Club Heal the Bay to be part of a larger environmental advocacy community. In return, clubs receive recognition and rewards for their civic action projects.

Do all Heal the Bay volunteer opportunities require me to attend a Volunteer Orientation?

Nope! We have standalone volunteer opportunities that require no previous training. These are opportunities that you can start right away.

I am part of a group, school, or company that wants to get involved. Are there any specific opportunities for me?

Yes! We have several Groups & School and Company opportunities. Check out the links below:

Groups & Schools


Do any programs require background checks?

Most of our volunteer programs do not. However, our Outreach and Aquarium volunteer opportunities do require a background check and a $25 processing fee.

I have more questions!

Great! Please contact our Volunteer Manager, Halina Do-Linh, at

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Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

1600 Ocean Front Walk

Santa Monica, CA 90401

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