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Become a Stranding Volunteer

Volunteer Training Summer 2022!

Thank you for your interest in our volunteer program! We are happy to annouce we are accepting volunteer applications for the 2022 cohort of volunteers!  Our next volunteer training will be held on Friday, June 10th. The application can be found here. Please keep in mind that to volunteer you must have a car; due to the nature of stranding response this is a firm requirement.We also ask for a 1-year commitment given the effort involved in training our volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer there is more information below and you can email us at  with any questions! 

Information for Potential Volunteers

The LML Marine Mammal Stranding Network responds to dead marine mammals, sharks, and occasional sea turtles in Santa Cruz County. As volunteers, you would assist in responding to these strandings and collecting data on the carcasses. You will also be asked to assist with necropsies (dissections that help us determine how animals die).

We are looking for individuals who are:

  • Looking for research experience.
  • Motivated and passionate about the protection of Marine Mammals.
  • In the Santa Cruz area and have access to a car. 
  • Able to commit to a year of volunteer work.

In turn you would learn:

  • About local marine mammals.
  • Data collection.
  • Necropsy skills.
  • And much more!