Volunteer at Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Help visitors from around the world discover the wonders of the ocean. Inspire conservation and showcase the groundbreaking research at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Annually, more than 300 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.

We hold quarterly volunteer information sessions. Submit your application to find out how to sign up for the next Open House session.

"Working at the tide pools was something I looked forward to all week, and now that I've graduated it is the thing I miss most about school. I've realized that working at the aquarium has fostered my confidence and communication skills, all from being on a beautiful patio four hours a week. Thank you for letting me open the eyes of children to the wonders of the world. Thank you for letting me share my knowledge and passion."

- Lauren, 4-year volunteer