Animal Care and Training

Thanks so much for your interest in volunteering with us!  We currently do not have open volunteer shifts available in marine mammals or animal care but will resume seeking new volunteers in those areas within the coming months.  Please fill out an application if you would like to be contacted when we are able to offer more orientations. However please be aware that there will be a delay between when you apply and when you will be invited to an orientation.

We do have current openings for help with administrative and facilities work. if you are interested in these areas please fill out the online application and we will contact you with details.

We appreciate your interest and enthusiasm.


If you are over 18 years of age and want to know more about us, or are ready to get started volunteering today, your first step is to attend a Basic Training Class. We offer several sessions from February through September – the peak months for the Busy Season.

A cadre of 150+ Volunteers logged in more than 31,000 hours in 2015.

Time Commitment and Training Requirements

Volunteering at California Wildlife Center requires that you attend a Basic Orientation training  and make a six-month minimum time commitment. During those six months, volunteers are required to provide at least 16 hours of service a month working a minimum of one, four-hour shift per week. Individuals who are unable to commit to this minimum monthly/hourly requirement are not eligible to participate in CWC's Wildlife Rehabilitation Volunteer Program. You must take in a Basic Training Class prior to your first shift. Attendance at advanced training classes will be required for those participating in Marine Mammal Response as well as those interested in working in the Baby Care Unit.

Physical Requirements

Volunteers must be able to lift and carry up to 20 lbs. (up to 50 lbs. for Marine Mammal Response and Rehabilitation volunteers), navigate uneven surfaces, climb stairs and hills, and generally perform physically strenuous activities for moderate intervals of time with exposure to temperature extremes. Volunteers should have no known serious health issues.

For additional information about our Volunteer Program, please review The Wildlife Rehabilitation Volunteer Guidelines.

To apply, CLICK HERE to create an account and complete an application.

If you have questions, please email