Ocean Discovery Institute

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Basic Information

Address: 4255 Thorn St. San Diego, CA
Phone Number: 619-795-8365
Director: Travis Kemnitz

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Additional Information

Background Check: Yes
Population Served: Students in City Heights Neighborhood Schools
Ages for Volunteer: 11th grade or older
Hours of Service: 5-7 hours per week
Days of Service: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
Mission Statement:

Young Lives Transformed Through Science

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

Ocean Discovery Institute uses ocean science to empower young people from underserved urban communities to transform their lives, their community, and our world as science and conservation leaders. Working in the San Diego community of City Heights, we provide continuous science opportunities paired with mentoring and the tools to overcome challenges so that young people unlock their potential. Our programs are provided at no cost to our students. Our students believe that a scientist is someone they can be. They think critically and they achieve because of it. They enter the fields of biotech, engineering, environmental consulting, fisheries, marine biology, education, and public policy, and are committed to making a difference.

Additional Information:

Science Education Mentor
3 months
Time Commitment
5-7 hours per week

Key Responsibilities

  • Engage 4th and 7th grade students in rigorous science education.
  • Prepare materials for hands-on science lessons.
  • Assist with instruction of lessons as needed.
  • Help facilitate field trips to the Living Lab.
  • Assist with classroom management and engagement of the students.

Volunteer Impact

  • Help students to believe and achieve in science.
  • Expose underserved youth to innovative science and conservation curriculum.
  • Spark student interest in science careers.


  • One 5-7 hour shift per week from January 22nd to March 22nd, 2019.
  • Time for the shift varies between 7am-4pm.
  • Two required orientations for all Science Education Mentors.
  • January 14th from 3-5:30pm and February 6th from 4-6:30pm.
  • Optional but encouraged end of unit Volunteer Appreciation Event!


  • Interest in the science, conservation, or education fields.
  • Commitment to acting as a role model for underserved youth.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Interest in gaining education experience.
  • Ability to communicate in Spanish.