Volunteer With Save Our Shores
Our Volunteers put the 'action' in citizen action! What kind of volunteer are you?
Our volunteers are a dynamic team working to protect and preserve the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. If you're looking for ways to put your passion to good use, give back to your community and spend some quality time outdoors, join Team SOS as a volunteer! Our volunteers have a whole lot of fun while helping our ocean and marine environment thrive.
Don't miss our 3 largest community cleanups of the year:
- Earth Day cleanups in in Santa Cruz & Monterey
- The July 5th Star Spangled Beach Cleanup in Santa Cruz & Monterey
- Annual Coastal Cleanup Day at over 80 cleanups sites on Saturday, September 15!
Visit our Cleanup & Event Calendar for upcoming cleanups & events
Beach & River Cleanups:
If being outdoors and preventing pollution from entering the ocean is for you, volunteer for our next beach or river cleanup!
Monthly Beach Cleanups happen on the 2nd Saturday of every month in Monterey County, and on the 3rd Saturday of every month in Santa Cruz County.
Santa Cruz River Cleanups take place about 4 times a year with the City of Santa Cruz.
Sanctuary Stewards are the core volunteer force of Save Our Shores. They are the heart of all of our work around Monterey Bay. If you're looking for a closer connection to your community and environment, the Steward program is for you.
Sanctuary Stewards make school presentations, lead beach cleanups, participate in community events, and work on all sorts of special projects from making costumes, to graphic design to data entry. The Steward Course begins each February Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
If being on out on the docks and preventing small oil spills sounds more like your speed, the DockWalker team is right for you! DockWalkers empower boaters to do the right thing by offering information on proper disposal of oil and hazardous materials. Short trainings are held the day of each event.
DockWalkers work in Pillar Point (Half Moon Bay), Santa Cruz, Moss Landing, and Monterey Harbors throughout the summer months. A typical DockWalker shift is 3-4 hours. Contact email@example.com or call 831-462-5660 ext. 6.
Private & School Cleanups:
Have a large group or school group that would like to take part in their own private beach cleanup event? Is your business or corporate group looking for a volunteer team-building experience set to the backdrop of beautiful Monterey Bay? Save Our Shores will work with you to accommodate your grou. Business and corporate groups are encouraged to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want your group to become an ocean champion for your favorite beach throughout the year? Become the newest group to Adopt-a-Beach through Save Our Shores! Adopt-a-Beach groups pledge to participate in at least 3 beach cleanups a year and will have their group name displayed on an Adopt-a-Beach sign at your adopted beach. Meet our awesome Beach Adopters...
At Save Our Shores, our interns get a real experience of what it's like to work for a local, grassroots, environmental non-profit.
Prepare to roll up your shirt sleeves and get your hands dirty - there are no ordinary internships here at Save Our Shores!
Save Our Shores Volunteers in Action:
> DockWalker volunteers hit the harbors to spread the clean boating message
> Beach cleanup volunteers at Seabright State Beach
> Martel Andersen, Save Our Shores Volunteer of the Year, 2010
> Norm Beeson, Save Our Shores Volunteer of the Year, 2009
> MSH Student Association volunteers on Annual Coastal Cleanup Day
> Andrew, our Coordinator of Volunteer Programs, with Bill Monning on Annual Coastal Cleanup Day!
> Toast to the Coast volunteers help this annual event run smooth!
> Volunteers manage the beer & wine bar at the Toast to the Coast, our annual fundraising party
- Monthly Beach Cleanups
- Private & School Cleanups
- Adopt-a-Beach Cleanups
- Meet the Beach Adopters
- Earth Day
- July 4th & 5th
- Annual Coastal Cleanup Day
- Cleanup Calendar
Special Projects & Internships
- To Volunteer for Special Projects or inquire about Internships, email email@example.com