Volunteering and Citizen Science Opportunities on the West Coast
It takes all kinds of stakeholders—from land management agencies, local governments, and individuals—to protect and restore our parks, waterways, and coastlines. By volunteering and conducting citizen science, you can preserve vital habitat for marine and anadromous species, help scientists gather valuable data, and work towards a more sustainable future. The West Coast Region accepts volunteers aged 18+ on a case-by-case basis. If you are interested in volunteering with us please complete the Volunteer Interest Form below.
Cleaning up beaches, tagging fish, and restoring riparian habitat are just a few ways that volunteers help ensure our waterways and coastlines remain viable for future generations. Volunteering is not only beneficial for communities and the environment, but it can be a great way for volunteers to develop new skills, explore career options, make friends, create professional contacts, get exercise, and spend time outdoors.
Countrywide Volunteering Opportunities
California Volunteering Opportunities
Idaho Volunteering Opportunities
Oregon Volunteering Opportunities
Washington Volunteering Opportunities
Observing marine mammals, tagging fish, and collecting water quality samples are just a few things citizen scientists do. Becoming a citizen scientist does not require any previous scientific training or background—just curiosity and a willingness to carry out relatively simple tasks. Participating is easy and can be as simple as using a cellphone to collect observations and submit results.
Both volunteers and researchers can benefit from citizen science programs. Taking part in citizen science can help community members learn more about scientific processes, become more engaged in local issues, and better understand policy decisions. The statistical power provided by large amounts of citizen science data helps researchers gain valuable insights into scientific questions. Together, scientists and community members are collecting data and making observations that help us better understand our planet.
Learn about NOAA Fisheries’ citizen science efforts around the country.
Countrywide Citizen Science Projects
California Citizen Science Projects
Idaho Citizen Science Projects
Oregon Citizen Science Projects
Washington Citizen Science Projects