Volunteer to Help

Dolphin Project Volunteer Booth

Are you interested in joining #TeamDolphinProject as a volunteer activist? Consider what your area of expertise is, and how can can you use it to help dolphins. We rely on local volunteers to help raise awareness in their communities. While there is no set formula or instruction manual to becoming an activist, below are several ideas for getting involved. 

Activism 101: Education and information are key elements to Dolphin Project’s mission. Through awareness, we can create change. Please familiarize yourself with our Resources section and use whatever you need to spread the word! 

Join the team as an intern: Dolphin Project is currently seeking a social media intern to help with one of our campaigns. College students majoring in communications, or those with knowledge of cetacean captivity and ocean conservation issues are strongly preferred. To apply for this volunteer position, please send us an email at [email protected] with a resume and/or cover letter, along with a few samples of your work (graphics, social media posts on pages you’ve previously managed, etc.).

Speak another language? Use your translation skills to help dolphins!

We are currently seeking volunteers to translate English text to the following languages: Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Arabic, and Russian.

If interested, please send our team an email with you language and proficiency level to [email protected].

Organize a film night and show “The Cove” to friends, family, or your community. You can do this in your own home, or in a public space such as a community center, public library, or school classroom.

Form a Cove Club at your school or in your community to raise issue awareness and/or to raise funds for Dolphin Project. 

Contact local schools and offer to do a short presentation to students, using materials found in our Resources section.

Host an informational booth at a local event, such as farmers market or festival. 

Let your voice be heard for dolphins! Share everything you can on your social media and inform and inspire others. Repost our Instagram images, Tweet the hashtag #DolphinProject and follow the Dolphin Project on Facebook to keep up with what’s going on. Education and spreading the word are key!

Plan a FUNDRAISER, organize a charity run, craft sale, or other creative way to collect funds while raising awareness.

Ollie Fundraiser for Dolphin Project Mt. Fuji

Be a CAPTIVITY MONITOR and submit photos or tips about captive dolphin facilities that may be in your community, or that you may encounter while on vacation.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead

Are you a small business or office with room to display educational materials? Complete our REQUEST FORM to receive our brochures (U.S. businesses only, please!)

Travel to Taiji as a Dolphin Project Cove Monitor

mini cove monitors report from Taiji

Photo credit: DolphinProject.com

This requires advance coordination with our staff, but can be a critical way of helping. Cove Monitor volunteers must be 18 or older, unless accompanied by an adult. Our efforts in Japan are strictly legal and non-confrontational. You are responsible for your own travel, meals, and lodging costs. LEARN MORE.


Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and all donations are tax-deductible as authorized by law.

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