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.
Training: August 24th, 9am-noon
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Sumner Auditorium
After months of planning and prep, we are ready to launch our MPA Watch program in La Jolla! We are working with WiLDCOAST to bring you our first training session on August 24th. Volunteers will learn how to take a transect during an MPA Watch assessment and receive the data sheets and information you need to participate. Once trained, volunteers are able to conduct surveys whenever they are able, so the schedule is flexible. We are asking volunteers only to document human uses of our MPAs. Data collection is done following state-wide methods and protocols. All information will be used in the future assessment of our MPAs in San Diego and helpful in understanding how human use has changed since their implementation. These surveys are being run throughout the state and we are lucky enough to be leading San Diego's effort! While this training will focus on La Jolla's MPAs, WiLDCOAST currently runs training sessions for TJ River Mouth and we will be hosting trainings for Swami's and South La Jolla later this fall.
Inland Trash Assessment
Training: July 27th
Field Assessment: September 15-30 (only one date required for volunteers. schedule is flexible)
Coastkeeper is participating in a marine debris project for the Southern California Bight '13 research project. We are collaborating with research organizations, nonprofits, and universities from San Diego to Point Conception or various projects related to water quality. We are working on its Marine Debris component, under the "Inland Trash Assessment" subgroup. Groups throughout Southern California will be looking at the rates of trash accumulation in rivers and streams throughout the year, including Coastkeeper. Volunteers will only need to go through one training. We are only surveying each site once, and all will be completed within 3 weeks in September, so schedules are flexible. We have a training team from Orange County coming on the 27th, so this is the only day we will be training. We will have sites from Vista to Sweetwater and dates of actual assessment are flexible. If you are interested, please let me know. Training on the 27th is mandatory to participate, so please RSVP if you plan on attending.
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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