Volunteer Opportunities

The American Cetacean Society Los Angeles Chapter is a non-profit. We rely on volunteers to help fulfill our mission. In addition to joining or donating there are several ways to become involved including:

Cabrillo Whalewatch

Each winter southern Californians have the privilege of seeing migrating gray whales right off shore! ACS-LA is committed to educating people about these great creatures. Along with the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, ACS-LA trains docents to accompany whale watching trips to educate the public about the whales, dolphins, and other sea creatures that live off our coast.

© Greg Hachigian – CWW 2017 Training Trip
© Greg Hachigian – CWW 2017 Training Trip
Gray Whale Census & Behavior Project

This full season shore-based gray whale census has operated on the Palos Verdes Peninsula since 1984. Trained volunteers spot and track Pacific gray whales on their annual migration, recording counts and behaviors. They also identify and record other marine mammals seen. This project runs during daylight hours, from December 1st through late May, on the patio of the Point Vicente Interpretive Center.

© a few of the Gray Whale Census volunteers
© a few of the Gray Whale Census volunteers
Education & Outreach
If you enjoy engaging with the public to help educate Angelenos about whales, dolphins, porpoises or our amazing front yard - the Pacific Ocean - this is the opportunity for you. These land-based events are held throughout the year all around LA. It's a great way to spend a few hours and share your enthusiasm about whales to children and adults who stop by. Attend a monthly meeting to learn more about how you can volunteer.
© ACS-LA volunteers attend educational events throughout SoCal
© ACS-LA volunteers attend educational events throughout SoCal