Volunteering is fun at the Wetlands Institute! Join us in helping to fulfill our mission - to promote appreciation, understanding and stewardship of wetlands and coastal ecosystems through our programs in research, education and conservation.
The Wetlands Institute is always looking for enthusiastic and responsible people to assist in a number of different ways. Volunteering at the Institute covers a variety of tasks including animal care and cleaning, addressing the public, answering the phones and administrative work, teacher’s assistant, special events staffing and much more! None of what we accomplish every day would be possible without the dedication of our wonderful volunteers.
Volunteer opportunities are available from age 14 and up! Click below for an application and we look forward to meeting you soon!
Click here for a Junior Volunteer Application (age 14 and up)
Greeting & Answering Phones
Education Program Assistance
Aquarium and Animal Care
To volunteer on an on-going basis, please complete the volunteer application and email, mail, fax or drop it off at the Wetlands Institute.
Upcoming Volunteer Events
The Wetlands Institute strives to engage the community in science-based stewardship of natural resources. Let’s work together to protect critical coastal and wetland ecosystems! Here are some ways you can get involved:
Horseshoe Crab Spawning Surveys
Evenings in May and June, meet at the Wetlands Institute
Approximately 2.5 hours long (dates and times below)
Occurring on new and full moons, at high tide and at night, these surveys bring volunteers to the beaches of Delaware Bay to count spawning horseshoe crabs. Data collected contribute to population assessments submitted to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission for use in the Horseshoe Crab Interstate Fisheries Management Plan. It is as easy as going for an evening stroll on the beach! Contact Conservation Scientist, Katie Sellers at firstname.lastname@example.org, to sign up and for more information.
Dates and times to meet at the Wetlands Institute:
May 23, 2013 – 7:00 pm
May 25, 2013 – 8:45 pm
May 27, 2013 – 10:30 pm
June 6, 2013 – 7:15 pm
June 8, 2013 – 8:30 pm
June 10, 2013 – 9:45 pm
June 21, 2013 – 6:40 pm
June 23, 2013 – 8:30 pm
June 25, 2013 – 10:17 pm
Re-turn the Favor for Horseshoe Crabs
Mornings and evenings in May and June
Approximately 1.5 hour long
(Check back for dates and times)
Contact Deputy Director of Research and Conservation, Lisa Ferguson at email@example.com, for information or to sign-up.