Volunteer in San Diego
We believe that we all have a right to live in a clean and healthy environment, and we all have a responsibility to help keep it that way. That’s why we host opportunities for you to volunteer to protect San Diego’s ocean, beaches, bays and inland waters. We can’t save San Diego’s coastal waters without you.
Water Quality Monitoring
Coastkeeper’s Water Quality Monitoring Program creates a pathway for residents to get involved and learn the science tools they need to understand their watersheds and directly influence local resource management. The data collected by these volunteers is a powerful tool – it fills the gaps created by limited agency resources. New water quality volunteers must attend a training session. Check specific dates in our events calendar. Sign up now.
We love to play on clean beaches, that's why we have twice-monthly beach cleanups and our biggest one, Coastal Cleanup Day, every year. If you want to participate at one (or more) of our beach cleanups, you can freely join (remember to download and complete the liability waiver). Check our events calendar for the specific cleanup dates. If you want to get involved in the event planning and organization of our beach cleanup program, sign up now through the form.
Boaters and San Diego Coastkeeper are meant for each other. From its inception in 1995 as San Diego Baykeeper, we have been out on the water combating pollution in San Diego. Patrolling the water that boaters enjoy is a part of our mission and, in fact, having our own boat Clean Sweep out on the water is a requirement for being a member of the Waterkeeper Alliance. San Diego Coastkeeper relies on volunteer boat captains and skippers to continue patrolling our waters and reach out to boaters about environmentally friendly boating practices. Keep in mind, to apply as boat captain you will need to have a captain's license and/or 5+ years of boating experience. Sign up now.
Do you want to join our team to get experience in legislative work, marketing or event planning? If you are passionate about the environment and want to get experience for your future career, check the internships available, and we hope to work with you soon.
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