Do you want to make a difference for Buzzards Bay? Then become a Coalition volunteer! You can help out at events, water testing, outdoor cleanups, education programs, and more. If you want to have fun, meet new people, and share your skills and passion, then sign up today to volunteer!

Why should I volunteer with the Coalition?

As a volunteer with the Coalition, you will join over 300 other community members who are helping to protect clean water by donating their time, energy and expertise. Our volunteers are of all ages and backgrounds and are connected by their love of the region.

We provide volunteers with training, education and support and always make sure to celebrate their service with volunteer-only events and programs. We can help you earn community service hours or fulfill the requirements of a co-op or internship program. We also work with groups, like businesses, scout troops, school clubs and more.

How do I become a Coalition volunteer?

To become a volunteer, simply fill out our online volunteer application. If you have questions about volunteering, contact Lynn Coish at (508) 999-6363 ext 200.

Here are the many ways you can volunteer with the Buzzards Bay Coalition.


Baywatchers (Water Quality, River Herring, and Stream Flow Monitoring)

two women holding water testing sampling pole in New Bedford

Baywatchers volunteer to test the health of their local waterways once a week in the summer.

Join New England’s largest volunteer coastal monitoring program. Become a Baywatcher and help the Coalition test water in your community each summer. Data collected by Baywatchers is integral to our assessment of Bay Health.

Some Baywatchers also assist with river herring monitoring in spring and stream flow monitoring throughout the year.

R/V Buzzards Baykeeper® Support

Experience Buzzards Bay by boat! Get on board and assist with the R/V Buzzards Baykeeper®, which helps keep the Bay clean by conducting research and providing pump-out service to boats in Cuttyhunk Harbor each summer.

Land Stewardship

a group of volunteers at a cleanup at Horseshoe Mill in Wareham

Trail Maintenance

Love the outdoors? Help us pick up litter, cut back invasive vines and shrubs, and maintain trails at our reserves in Acushnet, Fairhaven, Mattapoisett, and Wareham.

Land stewardship activities are great for groups that want to volunteer. Contact us to arrange a group volunteer stewardship day.

Adopt A Reserve

Volunteer as a reserve steward and help us monitor our river reserves in Acushnet, Mattapoisett, or Wareham. Walk the grounds and trail networks weekly or monthly and notify us of any maintenance needs or vandalism. Training will be provided to all volunteers.

Community Engagement

a female volunteer at a computer at the Buzzards Bay Center in New Bedford

Docents are enthusiastic, dependable community members who volunteer at our learning centers in New Bedford, Acushnet or Woods Hole.

Learning Center Support

Share your passion and knowledge about Buzzards Bay by joining our Learning Center support team. Learning Center volunteers are enthusiastic, dependable community members who choose to help out at one of our learning centers in New Bedford (year-round) or Woods Hole (Memorial Day to Labor Day). Volunteers also help with special projects around the office as needed.

Community Outreach

If you love the Coalition and want to tell everybody about Buzzards Bay, then volunteer at a local fair or festival. Outreach volunteers hand out educational materials and talk to people about the Bay and the Coalition’s work. Even if you’ve never been an outreach volunteer before, we can pair you with an experienced volunteer.

Outdoor Exploration Assistant

Do you love exploring the outdoors and want to share that love with others? Then we want you to volunteer as an outdoor exploration assistant! We’re looking for volunteers to help with youth and public programs across the region, from exploring forests to salt marshes to schoolyards. We offer programs all year long.


two volunteers at the Buzzards Bay Swim

Help support the Buzzards Bay Swim or the Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride, two events that raise thousands of dollars for clean water in Buzzards Bay.

Buzzards Bay Swim

The Buzzards Bay Swim, held each June, is a fun, action-packed morning with lots of volunteer needs! Volunteers can help at the start line in New Bedford or at the finish line in Fairhaven. (View all Buzzards Bay Swim volunteer opportunities.)

Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride

The Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride, held each October, is an exciting, day-long event with lots of opportunities to volunteer! Volunteers can help at the start lines in Little Compton and Westport, at the Rochester lunch stop, at the Woods Hole finish line, on the road at checkpoints throughout the route. (View all Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride volunteer opportunities.)


three women volunteering to stuff envelopes for the Buzzards Bay Coalition

Use your time and skills around our office to help support our work to protect clean water.

Office Support

If you prefer to help out indoors, we can use your time and skills around the office. Office support volunteers often stuff envelopes for membership mailings, staff our front reception desk, prepare event supplies, or provide other office tasks.

Distribute Promotional Materials

Help us promote the Swim, Watershed Ride, and other events by distributing promotional flyers and postcards in your community.

Upcoming Volunteer Events

Buzzards Bay Swim
Sat, June 24
6:00AM - 11:00AM
The Edge Seafood & Lounge,
New Bedford
Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride
Sun, October 01
Sakonnet Point to Woods Hole,
2nd Annual FALTP Trail Cleanup
Sat, April 29
10:00AM - 2:00PM
Shipyard Farm,

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The Buzzards Bay Coalition is a membership-supported organization dedicated to improving the health of the Buzzards Bay ecosystem for all through education, conservation, research, and advocacy.

We work to protect clean water on the Bay and on the land: