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A variety of volunteer opportunities await you at Barnstable Clean Water Coalition. Whether you are a college student, a recent retiree, or a full-time worker, your skills, knowledge and time will be utilized to their fullest. We welcome volunteers who have a positive attitude, lots of energy and a passion for the local waters and lands that surround them.

Volunteer opportunities we offer include:

Herring Counting (April - June)

  • Monitor herring passing up the Mill and Middle Pond Fish Ladders in Marstons Mills
  • Herring are counted daily from April 1st thru early June, between 7am and 7pm, at two fish ladders.
  • Requires time commitment of 10-minutes per day.
  • Self-schedule on computer through Volgistics calendar
  • Work outside in all elements, no prior experience needed, all equipment provided
  • Training session in March

SMAST Water Quality Monitoring (June - Aug)

  • Location: West, North, and Cotuit Bays
  • Time: 5:30 am – 10 am, four sampling days held from late June through mid-August
  • Sampling takes place from boat, canoe and two land sites
  • Requires time commitment of 2-3 hours per sampling day
  • No prior water sampling experience needed
  • Mandatory training session in May

MIMIC Monitoring (June - Sept)

  • Monitor for marine invasive species at six locations throughout Barnstable for the MIMIC (Marine Invader Monitoring and Information Collaborative) program of Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management.
  • Collect data from docks in Cotuit, Osterville, Barnstable, Hyannis and on Dead Neck Sampson's Island
  • Requires time commitment of three to four hours per monitoring day
  • Work outside in all elements, no prior experience needed, all equipment provided
  • Training session in June

Oyster Upweller Project (July - Sept)

  • Location: Hyannis Marina, behind Cape Cod Maritime Museum, Hyannis
  • Assist with maintenance of oyster upweller tank and educate public on oysters and water quality
  • Requires time commitment of three to four hours per day.
  • Daily shifts available
  • Work outside in sun, shade available
  • On the job training provided

PALS Sampling (Aug - Sept)

  • Location: Ponds in Cotuit, Marstons Mills, Osterville, Centerville, Barnstable, Hyannis
  • Time: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm, dates TBD, August 15th thru September 15th
  • Pond and Lake Stewardship (PALS) involves sampling 31 ponds throughout the town of Barnstable
  • Collect water samples and associated data from kayak and shoreline
  • Requires time commitment of five to six hours per sampling day
  • Sampling occurs in all weather conditions, no prior water sampling experience needed, must be able to access pond sites and carry kayaks and equipment
  • On the job training provided

Streamflow Monitoring (year round)

  • Location: Marstons Mills River
  • Time: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm, weekly
  • Sample at 10 different stations along the river
  • Physically demanding: walk in river with waders and equipment, climb up and down embankments and through woods to access sampling sites, interact with public on occasion
  • Operate under tight schedule- must be finished by 3:00pm in order to deliver samples to Barnstable County Health Laboratory in Barnstable village
  • Requires time commitment of six hours per sampling day
  • On the job training provided

Outreach and Fundraising Events (year round)

  • Help with various assignments at events (click here to see the list of upcoming events)
  • Engage with public, educate on BCWC work, help with event setup/breakdown as needed
  • Time commitment varies per event
  • On the job training provided

If you are interested in volunteering for any of the above opportunities please fill out a volunteer application, which you can mail to us or better yet e-mail it to us at info@BCleanWater.org