Volunteer Opportunities

Bolinas Lagoon Restoration

Green Crab Removal

Project staff and volunteers sit on a dock above Seadrift Lagoon surrounded by various tubs and clipboards working to count and collect data on invasive green crabs removed from the lagoon. Credit: Lindsay Hayashigatani

Volunteers for the Seadrift Lagoon Invasive Green Crab Removal project will learn to identify the size, sex, and health of each crab. All equipment and training are provided, and friends and family are welcome. Participants in the project will collect important data, and help protect your local marine environment. Removed green crabs are donated to local farms for use as fertilizer, making this a truly surf-to-turf project!

2023 volunteers dates are full. Please check back for 2024 volunteer opportunities.

Kent Island Restoration

Kent Island Restoration group photo

The Kent Island Restoration Project is led by Marin County Parks with support from Greater Farallones Association. Volunteers for this project will help restore unique sand dune habitat, promote the return of native plants, and improve the health of Bolinas Lagoon through the removal of invasive vegetation on Kent Island. Participants take a short row boat ride to the island, and get hands on training to identify and remove invasive plants while learning about the importance of native vegetation. Enjoy the serenity of being on your own island with spectacular views of the lagoon!

Kent Island volunteer days take place during summer months. Check the Marin County Parks website for upcoming volunteer dates.

Special Events

Help put on exciting annual events including Sharktoberfest and Art & Science Soirées! Whether it’s helping to create creative displays, assisting with event setup, or educating the public with hands-on activities, our special event volunteers are invaluable.

Email Justin.Holl@noaa.gov to learn more.

Sharktober festivities, someone dressed as a shark

Visitor Center

Volunteers meet and greet visitors at the welcome desk and learn specialized skills like assisting with cold saltwater aquarium maintenance, feeding aquarium animals, and towing for fresh plankton samples from the pier. Volunteers with an interest and experience in education, aquarium care, maintenance, or landscaping are especially encouraged to apply. Volunteers are initially trained by our education staff and will volunteer a minimum of 12 weeks. Available Wednesday-Sunday. Weekend volunteers are especially needed between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm both Saturday and Sunday.

Email Justin.Holl@noaa.gov to learn more.

Woman sitting and smiling behind an information desk