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Ecosystems Surveys Volunteer Information

Sampling stations

Fisheries sampling aboard a vessel.

How to Volunteer

  • At the start of each cruise season, a call for volunteers is emailed to potential volunteers. Email Katherine Sowers if you would like to be added to the list.
  • The cruise staffing notice includes the upcoming cruise schedule and details about the medical and security clearances required.
  • Volunteers submit a questionnaire provided in the notice with their desired cruise dates selected.
  • The chief scientist reviews the responses from potential volunteers and scientists and builds the cruise roster to meet the requirements of the mission.
  • If you are selected you will receive an email confirmation and you can then proceed with your medical and security clearances.

What is it Like?

The Preparing for a Cruise (PDF, 12 pages) document will give you a better idea of volunteer experience so that you know how and what to prepare, including what to pack.