The Center for Coastal Studies is actively seeking interested individuals to lend their time and talents to our mission. Volunteering is a great way to use your experience and interests to make friends while making a genuine and vital contribution to an organization that means something to you.

As a volunteer, you give twice: the priceless gift of your valuable time coupled with the gift of your valuable skills. In return, our goal is to ensure you receive the rewards of in-depth learning opportunities in marine science… satisfaction in knowing that you are contributing to the health of the marine environment…and the pleasure of making new friends.

All volunteers receive a CCS ballcap along with a one-year complimentary membership.  We strongly encourage our volunteers to become supporting members of the Center thereafter.

Please peruse the opportunities shown below; if you do not find what you are looking for, give us a call and create your own job!


Pleasant Bay Estuary Study
Seeking volunteers to help process seafloor samples from Cape Cod estuaries.  The work involves picking and sorting invertebrates (shellfish, crabs, worms, etc.) preserved in alcohol.  Work is conducted at the Cape Cod National Seashore Atlantic Coastal Lab located at the Highland Center in North Truro.  No special experience is required other than an enthusiasm for marine science, an attention to detail and the ability to focus while doing a pretty repetitive task.  Podcasts and music are welcome!  Hours and schedule can be flexible, but a minimum commitment of four hours per week is requested.

Cape Cod Bay Monitoring Program “Citizen Scientists”
Seeking volunteers to visit dock sites at Pamet Harbor (Truro), Provincetown, Wellfleet, and Barnstable once a month, June through September, to inspect the area for invasive species. Also, ask about openings for weekly water samplers in designated areas of Cape Cod Bay, April thru October.

Land-Sea Interaction Program
Need an individual with computer skills and attention to detail for data entry of field observations from the wave station at the Highland Center for the Arts and Environment. Project orientation and training provided will include a tour of the field station. Interest in coastal erosion and oceanography helpful.

Humpback Research Program
Seeking individuals to scan documents and to assist with data processing and computer data entry. We provide training but computer skills are required.

Marine Fisheries Research
Seeking an individual to assist in collecting fisheries landings data and squid egg samples as part of a collaborative research project, working with fishermen in Chatham, MA to study environmental effects on squid distribution and embryonic development. Duties may include working with fishermen at the dock to record daily landings data in logbooks, collecting and transporting squid egg samples from Chatham to the CCS lab in Provincetown. Microscopic examination and photography of live eggs and paralarvae, and data entry. No sea time required, sheltered location provided for dockside data/sample collection. Qualifications: one or more years of undergraduate education in biology or a related field, willingness to work around busy commercial fisheries offloading/packing operations, flexible schedule, and computer skills (MS Excel, digital camera software). Project runs from April-September, minimum commitment of two 4-hour days/week.


Communications Assistant
Maintain media files and press clippings. Event assistance and and light filing. Computer skills are required. High school seniors and individuals interested in communications, media relations and public relations are encouraged to apply.

Share Your Love of Ocean Science!
Work as a public outreach representaive, helping to operate our public educational and retail kiosk on MacMillan Pier opposite the CCS dock where our research and rescue vessels are located.  You will welcome visitors, increasing public awareness of CCS marine research and conservation work.  You will also recruit new members and sell CCS merchandise. Must enjoy working with the public, become familiar with our various research projects, and have enough energy to spend several hours at a time outside in summer. Available shifts reflect whale watching schedule weekends from April to Memorial Day; seven days June, July, August.

For applications and for further information please contact:

Jan Young, Volunteers & Outreach
Center for Coastal Studies
Provincetown, MA 02657
508-487-3622, ext. 104


Please note: While we love to encourage young people to become involved in marine science, conservation and education, we have limited time and ability to train and supervise volunteers under the age of 18.  Therefore, volunteer positions for minors are infrequent and filled on a first-come, first-served basis.