people watch a whale from the deck of a boat
Channel Islands Naturalist Corps Volunteers aboard whale watching vessel. Photo: Robert Perry.

Channel Islands Naturalist Corps (CINC) are a group of specially trained volunteers dedicated to educating passengers on board whale watch vessels visiting Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and Channel Islands National Park. Volunteers are also trained to lead island hikes within the national park, participate in numerous local outreach events and to conduct citizen science, including the collection of valuable research on marine mammals and other important sanctuary and park resources.

How to Apply

Please note that the sanctuary and park offer a new training class every two to three years for the CINC. The next training class will be offered in 2022.

Please contact the staff below to be added to notifications regarding the next open recruitment period. Due to a high volume of interest in the CINC program. It is preferred that you submit your application online on Volunteer.Gov during the open recruitment period. You should provide as much detail as possible on your application regarding your interests and qualifications to serve as a naturalist.

For information please contact

Shauna Bingham, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

Dave Begun, Channel Islands National Park
(805) 658-5731