Volunteer

Volunteering is a great opportunity to learn more, gain experience, connect with other volunteers and the community, and make a difference in the health of Puget Sound through education. We are always looking enthusiastic people to add to our team! Take a moment to review the opportunities below, and discover how you can be a part of the Puget Sound Estuarium as a volunteer!

Volunteer interest forms are available HERE. For more information, please email Volunteer@SSEAcenter.org.

All volunteers are required complete and submit a signed WSP Background Check Form.

Once you complete a Volunteer Application and have been assigned to activities, you can access the Estuarium’s Volunteer Center, to log volunteer hours, update your application, change your password, and more.  Thank you for considering volunteering with the Estuarium!

Some of our volunteer opportunities include:unnamed-6

Estuarium Interpreter: Volunteer at our downtown location on the weekends! Our interpreters work directly with the public to help engage and educate people from all backgrounds on estuaries. If you have a passion to learn more through teaching, this is the place. Ages 14 and up are welcome!


Animal Husbandry: If you have a passion for animals and mechanical things, our Animal Husbandry programs might be just for you. Learn from our Lead Aquarist how to care for our animals and maintain our tanks. You’ll gain behind the scene knowledge and hands-on experience while volunteering with us. No previous experience required. This program is flexible and rewarding!


Beach Naturalist: Become a Beach Naturalist for our Meet the Beach program. This opportunity runs June through August and provides additional training to volunteers. As a naturalist, you will go out to the beaches and see firsthand the amazing animals that live in Puget Sound while working with the public. *To become a Beach Naturalist for the Meet the Beach program, additional training is required.*


Pier Peer: Find what happens in the waters at night! This program provides a nocturnal view of the Puget Sound. Volunteers drop lights into the darkened Boston Harbor and wait to see what comes out after dark. This program offers volunteers an opportunity to learn and explore with participants, finding new and interesting creatures at each event as seasons change.


Education Opportunities: Be an inspiration to a K-12 student! This program runs year-round and includes everything from Estuarium visits to beach field trips. Groups include school groups, scouts, homeschoolers, and more. Field trips are tailored to fit the age, interests, and needs of each visit. Lead a small group on an exploration or help setup and keep learners focused. You’ll be sure to stay inspired by those “Aha!” moments.


Community Outreach Opportunities: Do you enjoy outreach events, like Harbor Days or the Thurston County Fair? Consider volunteering with the Outreach Team before exploring the event!


Estuarium Teams: Teams meet once a month and are the driving force behind the Estuarium. Work directly with staff and board members on development, events, exhibits, and educations. Stay connected with the staff and programs by being part of the team. Check out our teams page for more information!


Check out our upcoming volunteer events!

  • November 5 – 7, Multiple Shifts Available: Bayshore FieldSTEM Field Trips: Tidal Life and Salinity Stations, Bayshore Nature Preserve
  • November 7, 6:00 – 8:00 PM: New Volunteer Orientation, Estuarium
  • November 14, 6:30 – 7:30 PM: Development Team Meeting, Estuarium
  • November 15, 7:00 – 10:00 PM: Space Prom Tabling Event, Hands On Children’s Museum
  • November 16, 1:00 – 2:00 PM: Invertebrate Insanity Dissection Day, Estuarium
  • November 19, 6:00 – 7:00 PM: Exhibits Team Meeting, Estuarium
  • November 21, 6:30 – 7:30 PM: Education Team Meeting, Estuarium
  • November 23, 6:00 – 7:00 PM: Pier Peer, Boston Harbor Marina
  • Estuarium Open Hours: Every weekend at the Estuarium between 11:00 – 4:00 PM
  • Weekly Shifts: Husbandry volunteers at the Estuarium