We currently are not administering Eagle Scout projects at this time.


This position is currently open.

To become a Marine Life Inventory (MLI) volunteer: you must attend one or more MLI programs, as a participant, before applying. This is the ONLY Volunteer oportunity for those under 18 years of age and is a great opportunity for High School students trying to fulfill part of their community service school requirements. *Minimum age is 14.

If accepted as a volunteer, you will assist with set-up and preparation for the program, oversee transitions between each station, and clean-up and break down afterwards. These positions are available on a monthly basis depending on the size of the participant group.

During the MLI program participants join us in the field to deploy scientific sampling equipment and learn about collection techniques such as: trawl nets used for collecting bottom-dwelling fish and other organisms, a beach seine to survey the animals living near the shoreline, mud sampling devices to capture invertebrates living in the sediment, and plankton nets for collecting the microscopic plants and animals drifting in the open waters of the bay.

For a detailed description and information on the Marine Life Inventory Program click the link below:

Marine Life Inventory program

For more information please email Kathy Sheridan at Kathleen.Sheridan@wildlife.ca.gov or call (949) 640-9959.


All positions are currently filled.

Aquarist volunteers assist with husbandry related duties mostly including regular feedings of our resident marine animals. This position requires someone who has a passion for ocean conservation and environmental stewardship. Some experience necessary.

Click below for a detailed description and information on how to apply.

Aquarist Volunteer Position


This position is currently open.

The Back Bay Science Center runs several education programs throughout the school year. Although interns are hired to assist with these programs, there are times when we require additional assistance. This position is on-call only typically during our peak field trip season which takes place between January and June.

For a more detailed description and information on how to apply, click the link below.

Education Programs Volunteer


All positions have been filled for Spring 2019.   We will be accepting applications for Summer 2019 beginning May 2019.

The Back Bay Science Center offers a couple different internship opportunities for college students depending on what they are looking for.

All positions have been filled for Spring 2019. Applications for Summer 2019 will be accepted beginning in May 2019.

Through a partnership with the University of California Irvine, our facility is listed as a practicum site for Social Ecology and Public Health students who must fulfill a certain amount of fieldwork hours.

If you are a UCI student looking for a field study placement, click on the link below to learn more about our site and information on how to apply.

UCI Field Study Placement


Students of other universities and colleges are looking to gain experience in the field of marine science, environmental sciences, and education. These internships occur on a quarterly basis. Click the link below to read a more detailed description and view the deadlines for application.

College Internship Position


Position filled. Please see other volunteer opportunities.

The Back Bay Science Center has partnered with two different agencies allowing us to take part in two different programs to monitor plankton. We currently work with the California Department of Public Health - Environmental Management Branch for their Biotoxin Monitoring Program in order to keep track of toxic plankton blooms occurring along the entire coast of California. Additionally, CoSEE West has implemented the HAB (Harmful Algal Bloom) Watch Program consisting of a community network of organizations and institutes located in the Southern California area to collect data on patterns in plankton blooms.

The phytoplankton internship position requires experience with phytoplankton identification and sampling techniques. This position is currently not available. However, you can click the link below to learn more about our partnerships as well as the position itself.

Phytoplankton Intern Position

HABs Watch map and data

Click for more HAB Watch information