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Volunteer Orientation 2020

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Heal the Bay Aquarium

1600 Ocean Front Walk

Santa Monica, CA 90401

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Please register individually with your own primary email address.

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 volunteer programs, and current water issues in Los Angeles County.

Must Haves

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

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 Heal the Bay Aquarium. They interpret at touch tanks, ensure the success of private events, support animal operations, and facilitate field trips.
  • 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 SoCal. 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 any programs require background checks?

Yes, all programs require their volunteers to complete a Live Scan and pay a processing fee.

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


I have more questions!

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

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1600 Ocean Front Walk

Santa Monica, CA 90401

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