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VolunteerHubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute has a history of nurturing young people in their quest to become scientists. Many undergraduate and graduate students have served in various volunteer and part-time rolls assisting our scientists with critical experiments and basic operations of research.The Institute uses volunteers throughout the year to help with a variety of projects.  Because of insurance regulations, we cannot accommodate the wishes of people under 18 years of age. Please note that all volunteer and internship positions at the Institute are unpaid.

Research Volunteers

Scientists at Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute may need volunteers to assist with their research projects on an intermediate or ongoing basis.

Mission Bay
Currently, there are no volunteer opportunities available at our Mission Bay location.

Carlsbad, CA is currently accepting online applications to volunteer at the Hatchery.
Please complete our Volunteer Registration and e-mail to to request an application.

Volunteers are needed regularly in Florida to help with marine mammal strandings along the East Coast. All research volunteers are required to complete an official HSWRI sponsored training course and agree to applicable background checks. Please email to request an application.

Development Volunteers

The Development Departments in Florida and California need help with mass mailings, special events and other public relations functions hosted by the Institute. This important volunteer function illustrates to the community the depth of support and ensures every possible dollar raised goes toward our research and mission. Please email for more information