Inspire Passion for the Ocean
Help visitors from around the world discover the wonders of our blue planet. Volunteers share Birch Aquarium’s mission, inspire conservation and showcase the groundbreaking research at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
Annually, more than 400 volunteers guide visitors through exhibits, answer questions and work behind the scenes. From students and working adults to retired professionals, Birch Aquarium seeks a variety of expertise from volunteers of all backgrounds.
All positions require attendance at a new applicant Open House which is offered quarterly. Volunteers are asked to make a minimum six month commitment of one 4-hour shift per week and to purchase an annual Volunteer Membership at $30 upon successful completion of the applicant interview. Volunteer member benefits include free unlimited admission for the volunteer, free aquarium passes annually, informative special lectures and other discounts and exclusive opportunities. Applicants must be at least 16 to be considered for our program.