Volunteers on CalCOFI

Opportunities to volunteer on CalCOFI Cruises in 2017-2018

  • Autumn CalCOFI cruise:  08 - 23 Nov 2017 on SIO RV Sally Ride; San Diego to San Diego
  • Winter CalCOFI cruise 2018: Dates TBD (usually Jan-Feb)
  • Spring CalCOFI cruise 2018: Dates TBD (usually Mar-Apr)
  • Summer CalCOFI cruise 2018: Dates TBD (usually Jul-Aug)
  • Autumn CalCOFI cruise: 2018: Dates TBD (usually Oct-Nov)

Please note that dates are subject to change.

Interested in participating in an oceanographic cruise? CalCOFI cruises are staffed by personnel from the following agencies: National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA), Integrative Oceanography Division at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and California Department of Fish & Wildlife. Volunteers are recruited to help deploy equipment, collect data, and draw and analyze seawater samples. General criteria:

  • sea-worthiness (experience at sea, recreational is acceptable)
  • good health; able to lift 50lbs
  • scientific background
  • ability to follow detailed instructions carefully
  • ability to work safely on an oceanographic cruise
  • availability - most cruises are 18 - 20 days; some winter & spring cruises are longer
  • able & willing to work a 12hr watch (noon to midnight or midnight to noon) for 18+ days
  • must have completed two years in college in the field of science

Additional information is available in the CalCOFI Handbook. If you are interested in participating, please send a resume and a detailed description of your seagoing experience and interests to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.