Santa Barbara Museum Of Natural History Sea Center

  • CA


211 Stearns Wharf
Santa Barbara
United States

About Us

Do you love the ocean?  Would you like to get involved in the Santa Barbara community?  The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center is seeking volunteers to begin as Exhibit Interpreters to support our mission to inspire a thirst for discovery and a passion for the natural world.

Volunteering at the Sea Center is a very hands-on experience educating the public about our local marine environment.  We are an aquarium/science center and the volunteers start out at the tide pool and shark touch tanks (assisting the public with touching the wildlife) and at the wet deck which mimics a research vessel.  Here the volunteers assist the visitors in collecting water, sand, and plankton samples, testing turbidity and salinity, and exploring the properties of our ocean right under the pier.  You will also have the opportunity to attend monthly advanced trainings, lectures, and field trips!

To become a volunteer, those interested must attend our two-part training series generally held the first two Wednesdays of each month from 4:45-7:00pm at the Sea Center.  After attending training, completing fingerprinting (if over 18), and attending a clearance meeting, you will be qualified to volunteer as an Exhibit Interpreter at the Sea Center.  We ask for a minimum commitment of 4 months or 48 hours, and volunteers under the age of 14 must volunteer with an adult.

For more information on the Sea Center’s volunteer program visit, or contact Shalina at or 805.962.2526 ext 104.