Volunteers

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, and are strongly encouraged to become supporting members of the Center.

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!

SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

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.

Beach Monitoring Project
Seeking individuals to assist with field sampling and laboratory analysis for Provincetown beach monitoring project, August 15 – October 25. Minimum commitment of one day a week required, Monday – Wednesday. This project provides volunteers with an introduction to field and laboratory techniques and sandy beach ecology. One or more years of undergraduate education in biology or a related field preferred but not required.

EDUCATION, OUTREACH, DEVELOPMENT, PUBLIC RELATIONS, & ADMINISTRATION

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.

Public Outreach Representatives
Operates public educational and retail kiosk on MacMillan Pier opposite CCS dock. Welcomes visitors, increasing public awareness of CCS marine research and conservation work. Also recruits new members and sells CCS merchandise. Must enjoy working with the public, becoming 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.

Librarian(s)
Duties include categorizing, labeling and creating an index for collections, books, journals, periodicals, and articles. Maintaining additions and general organization of the library. Library experience essential.

For applications and for further information please contact:

Jan Young Membership & Outreach
Center for Coastal Studies
Provincetown, MA 02657
508-487-3622, ext. 104
volunteer@coastalstudies.org