Volunteer Orientation

Looking to get involved as a volunteer? Look no further! Sign up for our next Volunteer Orientation to get started.

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Beach Cleanups

We offer monthly public cleanups, Adopt-A-Beach, Suits on the Sand and Coastal Cleanup Day in L.A. County for individuals, groups and companies.

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Speakers Bureau

Members of our elite Speakers Bureau deliver informative and inspiring presentations on Heal the Bay’s work to groups of all ages.

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Wednesday Warriors

An office odyssey every Wednesday: Creative projects, data entry duties, supplies and inventory support, and so much more with Heal the Bay staff!

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How will you take part?

Give Time

Wanna roll up your sleeves at a cleanup? Or would you rather take long walks on the beach and monitor Marine Protect Areas with binoculars? Click the appropriate category below for an enticing menu of volunteer opportunities sorted by time commitment.

Interested in applying for a job or internship with Heal the Bay and Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium? View our current openings.

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  • Nothin’ But Sand

    What: Our monthly all-ages beach cleanup bonanza.

    When: 10 a.m. to noon on the third Saturday of every month except December.

    Where: A different L.A. County beach each month.

    Note: This is a rain or shine event. Cleanups are only cancelled for lightning or thunderstorms. We will still hold the cleanup in light and steady rain. In this case, please come prepared with a rain jacket, appropriate shoes, and an umbrella.

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  • Wednesday Warriors

    What: An office odyssey every Wednesday: Creative projects, data entry, supplies inventory, and more with Heal the Bay staff

    When: Wednesdays, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

    Where: Heal the Bay HQ.

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  • Volunteer Orientation

    What: Attend one of our monthly Volunteer Orientations to learn more about Heal the Bay, our current issues, and how you can get involved with our exciting Aquarium, Beach, Outreach, Community Science and Youth volunteer programs.

    When: Bi-monthly.

    Where: Heal the Bay HQ.

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  • Speakers Bureau

    What: Members of our elite Speakers Bureau deliver informative and inspiring presentations on Heal the Bay’s work to groups of all ages.

    Where: Throughout Greater L.A.

    How: Attend all four Speakers Bureau training sessions.

    Commitment: Speakers must give at least four presentations.

    Note: All volunteers over 18 must pass a background check.

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  • Nothin’ But Sand

    What: Our monthly all-ages beach cleanup bonanza.

    When: 10 a.m. to noon on the third Saturday of every month except December.

    Where: A different L.A. County beach each month.

    Note: This is a rain or shine event. Cleanups are only cancelled for lightning or thunderstorms. We will still hold the cleanup in light and steady rain. In this case, please come prepared with a rain jacket, appropriate shoes, and an umbrella.

    RSVP  

  • Request a Speaker

    What: Invite an environmental science educator to deliver an interactive, fact-filled presentation on the story of Southern California’s water system and the causes of–and solutions to–marine pollution.

    When: Year-round.

    Where: Throughout Greater L.A.

     

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  • Adopt-A-Beach

    What: Show some TLC to an L.A. beach of your group’s choice by cleaning it up three times a year.

    Where: Choose from over 25 L.A. beaches.

    How: Complete the online application. Note: AAB groups must have at least 15 participants.

    Commitment: Complete three cleanups within the year.

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  • Club Heal the Bay

    What: Connect your middle- or high-school environmental club with Heal the Bay to earn service hours and special perks.

    Where: Any L.A.-area middle or high school with an existing environmental club.

    How: Register online.

    Commitment: Participate in a minimum of three Heal the Bay volunteer events per school year.

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  • Request a Speaker

    What: Invite an environmental science educator to deliver an interactive, fact-filled presentation on the story of Southern California’s water system and the causes of–and solutions to–marine pollution.

    When: Year-round.

    Where: Throughout Greater L.A.

     

    Request a Speaker  

  • Suits on the Sand

    What: An educational presentation followed by a beach cleanup to build your business team’s morale and enhance your company’s environmental commitment.

    Where: Cleanups are held at Santa Monica Beach.

    How: Step 1: Choose your sponsorship level. Step 2: Contact our partnerships team for more information.

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Give Money

Short on time but still want to make a difference? Consider making a financial gift to Heal the Bay. With 81 cents of every donated dollar supporting science-based advocacy, grassroots community outreach, and award-winning educational programs, your contribution is a smart investment in a cleaner, bluer L.A.


Give Voice

Share a post, send a Tweet, or add your name to a pledge or petition to spread ocean awareness and love. Our online advocates always move the needle.

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Volunteer Resources

Marine Debris Database

Curious about what kinds of trash we find at beach cleanups? Dig into the Marine Debris Database for an inside look at the epidemic of plastic pollution.

Stream Team

The Stream Team data portal contains a wealth of Malibu Creek water quality information. Heal the Bay staff scientists have been researching this critical habitat in the Santa Monica Mountains since 1998.

Featured Volunteers

Super Healers 2018

Our work at Heal the Bay is powered by volunteers. Meet our award-winning Super Healers 2018. These individuals truly go above and beyond their volunteer roles. They inspire others in their community, they bring amazing technology advancements to Heal the Bay, they are involved in multiple Heal the Bay volunteer programs, and they are always eager and enthusiastic.

Meet our Super Healers.

Brenton Spies

“When I walked through the doors of the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, I was full of passion for the ocean, though not sure where that could lead. The Aquarium inspired my desire to be involved in conservation and marine science and it was here that I finally became aware of the scientist and educator within. The Aquarium was the catalyst that motivated me to pursue degrees in marine science.”

Brenton, an Aquarium volunteer and nature photographer, is working on his doctorate in biology at UCLA.

Terumi Toyoshima

“Heal the Bay gives me hope for a cleaner ocean, a cleaner planet, a better community, a better me. It has made me realize whatever I do–at the beach, at home, at work, on the street miles from the beach, or anywhere–affects the health of the ocean. Also, I like that even though we have huge events with hundreds of people, I’ve had the chance to meet wonderful people and make great friends.”

Terumi has been a Volunteer Beach Captain since 2004.

Zola Berger-Schmitz

“Heal the Bay inspired me to pursue my interest in environmental activism and then gave me the tools to mobilize my peers. Through Heal the Bay programs and training I developed important public speaking and leadership skills and was empowered to become an environmental youth advocate.”

Zola has been a Heal the Bay volunteer since she was 12.

Kelly Villasor

“Today we went to Eaton Canyon and picked up a bucket’s worth of trash. Of the many things, we had a few towels, gum wrappers, and of course, plastic water bottles. And some of the many things we saw were orange peels. Just because it’s biodegradable, doesn’t mean you can still carelessly throw it on the ground. It still takes about a whole 6 months for orange peels to decompose. During that time it can attract unwanted bugs and creatures you wouldn’t want to encounter on your hike.”

Kelly is involved in several Heal the Bay volunteer programs: Speakers Bureau, Street Fleet, and Beach Captain. Follow Kelly on Instagram.