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Become a Sanctuary Exploration Center Volunteer

Become a Sanctuary Exploration Center Docent

picture of some sanctuary exploration center docentsMonterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) is seeking a team of dynamic individuals to become docents at the new Sanctuary Exploration Center in Santa Cruz. Working side by side with MBNMS staff, docents will have the opportunity to interpret exhibits to the public, conduct guided tours, assist in daily operations, and participate in events and programs.


Docent Training Informational Meeting:
Saturday March 17th at 10:00am

*This meeting is not mandatory, but encouraged. Interested applicants who cannot attend this meeting should submit an application.



2018 Docent Training will be held April 7th–May 12th
on Saturdays from 10:00am–1:00pm

Click to view the 2018 flyer (334K PDF)

The training program is designed to help you as a docent interpret the rich natural resources of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

picture of sec docent interacting with a young studentProgram topics will include:
  • The watersheds that connect the sanctuary to the land
  • Geological features of the sanctuary
  • Migrating leatherback turtles and other charismatic mega–fauna
  • Deep sea technology and the animals that live there
  • Biodiversity in the rocky intertidal, kelp forests and deep sea environments
  • Seasons in the sanctuary and migrating animals
  • Effects of marine debris
  • Marine Protected Areas as a tool for conservation
Applicants must be at least 16 years of age, and are required to commit to at least two four hour shifts per month.

Please download and complete the Volunteer Docent Application (221K Fillable PDF). To Submit the form, please fax it to (831) 421–9992 or email to explorationcenter@noaa.gov.

Selected applicants will be contacted by the volunteer coordinator prior to the start of training to go over course details and answer any questions.

Gift Shop Volunteer

Volunteer in the environmentally sustainable eco-gift shop at the Sanctuary Exploration Center in Santa Cruz. Working side by side with MBNMS staff, gift shop volunteers will have the opportunity to educate the public on environmentally sustainable products, assist with product placement, inventory and sales. Applicants must be 16 years old and are required to attend a 6-hour training and commit to four 4-hour shifts each month. The Docent Training Program is held in winter and spring each year.

Please download and complete the Gift Shop Volunteer Application (418K Fillable PDF). To Submit the form, please fax it to (831) 421-9992 or email to explorationcenter@noaa.gov.

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