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)
- Summer Docent Program
- Administrative/Clerical Help
- 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.
- Click Here to find out more about our first Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary Volunteer Clean-up day.
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! Check back for upcoming opportunities for you to get involved!
Terrapin Storm Drain Rescue Volunteer Workshop
Thursday April 24, 6pm – 7pm at The Wetlands Institute
Data collected by volunteers show that large numbers of emerging diamondback terrapin hatchlings get trapped in storm drains while on their way back to their native salt marsh habitat. Join our network of volunteers to rescue these hatchlings. No commitment is too small. The Institute will host an information session and training to organize and deploy a network of volunteer rescuers. To register for this workshop, please e-mail Katie Sellers at email@example.com with your name and number of people in attendance.
Research and Conservation Volunteer Opportunities
Are you interested in helping terrapins, horseshoe crabs, and birds this summer? Our Research and Conservation team could use your help! We’re looking for dedicated volunteers to take the lead or commit to contribute to several of our projects. Check out the opportunities below for some great ways to GET OUTSIDE, LEARN and ENJOY more about this amazing place, and CONTRIBUTE to the work we do. Training will be provided for those who can commit to help and we can only accept a limited number of volunteers. Volunteer opportunities are available to ages 14 and above unless otherwise noted.
Bird Identification on Institute Property
Walk our trail or perch on one of our viewing platforms and keep a list of bird species you see and hear. We will post the lists on our website so everyone can enjoy what this property has to offer! Your contributions will help us track which species are here, and how they are using the Institute property. Optics will be available for loan.
When: April – October, mornings and late afternoons.
Eligibility: Bird ID experience, beginner and above.
Required Commitment: Weekly, or minimum twice a month.
Trail Walks to Monitor Terrapin Nests
Do you know about the exclosures we put around terrapin nests along our trail to keep the predators away from the eggs? We patrol our trail several times each day in order to spot nesting females and newly hatched terrapins. Help us keep an eye on trail activity this summer so that nests can stay protected.
When: April – mid-July; mid-August – October.
Eligibility: 14 years and above.
Required Commitment: A minimum of 5 days.
reTURN the Favor Walks
The Wetlands Institute is adopting several beaches in Cape May County to rescue stranded Horseshoe Crabs through the reTURN the Favor program. We need volunteers to lead walks with the public, follow protocol, and collect and submit data. Training and schedule will be provided.
When: May – mid-July (trainings mid-May and mid-June). Sites may require early mornings and late evenings.
Eligibility: 20 years or older, able to walk on sandy beaches, record data, and willing to interact with the public.
Required Commitment: Minimum 1 walk/week for 4 weeks.
Terrapin Barrier Fence Maintenance
We have over 4 miles of barrier fencing along Stone Harbor Boulevard that helps prevent terrapins from making hazardous road-crossings. The fencing is most effective when it is securely in place and free of weeds. We could use the help of a few volunteers to keep our fencing in shape.
When: May – August.
Eligibility: 18 years or older and work in hot, buggy conditions around poison ivy. Equipment will be provided.
Required Commitment: 1-2 days a month.
To get involved, contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your project of interest and details on eligibility and availability.