Marine Mammal Center – www.marinemammalcenter.org
The Marine Mammal Center rescues and humanely treats ill injured or orphaned marine mammals and assures their long-term survival and through education and communication. They have three opportunities for individual youth: 1) Semester of year-long volunteer positions where students are trained in either animal husbandry (and work at there once a week) or education (and work there twice a month. 2) Intensive school-year internship that includes field trips and exposure to careers in marine science and science education. 3) A limited number of one-day job shadows. The minimum age is 14. Potential volunteers must complete an application and submit a recommendation. There is also an interview process.
At The Marine Mammal Center, people are guided and inspired by a shared vision of a healthy ocean for marine mammals and humans alike. Their mission is to advance global ocean conservation through marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research, and education.
During rehabilitation of the animals, their research team studies the causes of their illnesses and by doing so, learns about conditions affecting the health of marine mammal populations and the oceans – conditions that can affect humans as well. Their core research includes studying domoic acid poisoning in sea lions, bacterial infections such as leptospirosis, and even cancer, which is found in approximately 17% of adult sea lions that undergo post mortem at their hospital.