Volunteer as a science Mentor
We exclusively reach young people from City Heights, a low-income, urban, and racially diverse community. By providing young people with science education, mentorship, and the tools to overcome challenges, they break the cycle of poverty and enter science and science-related fields.
We need volunteers who are racially diverse and willing to share their journey of becoming a scientist! Many of our students have never seen a scientist who looks like them, which is not acceptable. Because of this, we commit to ensuring 2/3 of all volunteers are individuals of color.
ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY
Ocean Discovery is seeking in-person science mentors to participate in our most intensive level of programming this summer, Ocean Leader Bridge. We will be welcoming new high school students to the Ocean Leader program through a hands-on science program designed to inspire students to learn about Marine Protected Areas by investigating fish, mammals, and invertebrates.
This program is primarily based at the Living Lab, but will also include some trips to the local coast. Alumni and science mentors will work with one group of students during their volunteer session; these volunteers serve critical mentorship roles with students to develop community, scientific understanding, and tools to help them succeed as an Ocean Leader.
All in-person Ocean Discovery programs are held with important COVID-19 safety measures in place to protect the health of our community. Classrooms are held outdoors and all individuals are required to wear a mask, practice proper distancing, and participate in daily health screening.
• Some volunteer shifts might require volunteers to provide their own transportation to the coast, please ask program staff for details.
• Must be a professional or college student in a STEM or conservation field.
• COVID safety protocols will be in place for the safety of all.
Three consecutive days over the summer from 9:00 am-1:00 pm.
Ocean Discovery’s Living Lab:
4255 Thorn St. San Diego, CA 92105
*Other locations for field trip days.
Step 1: Fill out a Volunteer Application.