Volunteer

Volunteer Information

Fill out a volunteer application form here.

Questions?
Contact: Katie Higgins
Phone: 912.598.2387
Email: kt.higgins@uga.edu

Do you have a passion for marine science and desire to share your enthusiasm with others?  Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant’s service to the community is greatly enhanced by the work of our volunteers. They contribute to our core mission through opportunities in aquarium operations, phytoplankton water quality monitoring, K-12 programming, community outreach and public programs.  Our volunteers share a sense of generosity, duty and a love of our coastal ecosystems. In return, we strive to provide community, support and opportunities to participate in a variety of unique experiences which allow for meaningful contribution and life-time learning.  

Why volunteer? 

Volunteering with Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant is a great opportunity to build and connect with your community, learn new skills, gain experience in marine science or education or mentorship of others. Whether early in your career and looking for experience, just moved to the area and wanting to become involved or enjoying a much-deserved retirement, volunteering with Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant has something for you. Your skills and experience, in-turn will lend strength and flexibility to our program. 

Available Volunteer Opportunities 

Volunteers contribute hours in a wide variety of areas within Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant. Prospective volunteers are interviewed and then placed according to their interests and the unit’s needs. As the needs change, other opportunities become available. Training for each area is performed on the job and varies according to need.  Please review the list of opportunities currently available to determine your area of interest and then fill in an online application. 

Marine Education Center and Aquarium Volunteer 

The focus of the center is on education and community engagement. Opportunities at our aquarium are diverse and heavily focused on welcoming students and visiting public engaging them in marine science and being good stewards to our coastal ecosystems. Current opportunities include: aquarium operations, Pre-K-4 grade docent, aquarium docent, trail maintenance, fundraising. 

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Phytoplankton Monitoring Network 

Our dedicated team of phytoplankton experts have been taking weekly water samples of the Skidaway River for over eleven years. They are part of a larger citizen science project designed and managed by NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science to monitor for Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs).  

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EcoScapes Volunteer 

Our EcoScapes native plant demonstration garden is located at the Brunswick Station site and is managed by the EcoScapes program manager, Keren Giovengo. Volunteering at the garden provides a great opportunity to contribute to your community, the coastal environment, and increase knowledge and skills related to regional native plants and sustainable landscaping best management practices.

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Oyster Restoration Projects 

Opportunities include bagging recycled oyster shell and monitoring of living shoreline restoration monitoring. Volunteer opportunities are project dependent rather than continuous efforts. 

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Adopt-a-Wetland 

Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant developed this citizen science effort with the goal of educating the public on the importance of coastal wetlands and motivating individuals to contribute water quality monitoring data to a central database. The Coastal Georgia Adopt-A-Wetland Program invites you to form your own monitoring group and “adopt” a wetland. 

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