How Can I Volunteer to Help NOAA with its Mission?


Across the United States and its coastal waters, opportunities exist for volunteers to take part in NOAA research, observation and educational roles that benefit science, our citizens and our planet. Volunteers play an integral role in supporting NOAA’s efforts to understand, protect and educate others about our oceans and atmosphere.

Wildlife conservation stewards, aquarium assistants, ocean or coastal life samplers, fisheries laboratory/aquaculture assistants, and even Hawaiian green sea turtle guardians are among the volunteer opportunities available with NOAA’s Fisheries Service.  These activities aid NOAA in managing the nation’s living marine resources through conservation and the promotion of healthy ecosystems. 

NOAA’s National Ocean Service volunteers include naturalists, divers, and visitor center guides in NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuaries.  Volunteers also work as event coordinators, research assistants, and educators in NOAA’s National Estuarine Reserves.  Such efforts support NOAA’s pursuit to observe, understand, manage, and protect the nation’s coastal and marine resources.

Volunteers with NOAA’s National Weather Service include trained storm spotters, as well as daily and ship weather observers. These volunteers support NOAA’s mission of climate monitoring and protecting lives and property through accurate weather and water forecasts and warnings.

NOAA’s Sea Grant volunteers assist with research and outreach programs to help promote better understanding, conservation and use of America’s coastal resources. Sea Grant is NOAA’s primary university-based program in support of coastal resource use and conservation.

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