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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.