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Olympic Peninsula Environmental Volunteer Opportunities

Benthic invertabrate monitoring. Photo K.KirbyDo you want to make a difference?

 

 – I just want to be in nature.

 – I just love this place and I want to give back.

 – I’ve made so many friends and met such interesting people. 

 

That’s what volunteers across the North Olympic Peninsula say when they volunteer for the environment.

You’ll be surprised how many different kinds of opportunities there are right here on the Peninsula. Whether you have a few hours, or are looking for a regular activity, there are plenty of choices. Scroll through the listings below to find just the right fit for you.

Clallam Conservation District

A local subdivision of state government created in 1959 to promote natural resource conservation and land and water stewardship in Clallam County. Annual winter native plant sale, outreach and education events, tree and shrub planting, taking irrigation flow measurements. 360-775-3747 info@clallamcd.org

Clallam County Marine Resources Committee

A county advisory committee collaborating to improve shellfish harvest areas, protect marine habitat, support salmon and forage fish recovery to reduce impacts on marine resources. Forage fish, shellfish, seabirds and kelp bed monitoring; oiled wildlife training, restoration, outreach. 360-417-2416; handersen@co.clallam.wa.us

Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge

Manages the Wildlife Refuge near Sequim. Trailhead docents and greeters, beach clean-ups, invasive species mitigation, trail maintenance. Training once a year only, in the Spring. Contact: 360-457-8451; david_falzetti@fws.gov

Dungeness River Audubon Center

Manages Railroad Bridge Park and the River Center on the Dungeness River in Sequim. Docents, collection care, special events, education and outreach, publicity, stewardship. 360-681-4076; rceducation@olympus.net

Department of Natural Resources

The Natural Areas Program manages outstanding examples of native ecosystems, plant communities, and habitat for rare species. Site stewardship, monitoring, trail building. 360-640-9492; julie.knobel@dnr.wa.gov. The DNR Recreation Program builds and maintains recreation facilities and multi-use trails that promote safe and sustainable recreation on state trust lands. 360-489-4986; justin.zarzeczny@dnr.wa.gov

Feiro Marine Life Center

Manages the marine science center in Port Angeles. Docents, tank cleaning, education and outreach, citizen science. 360-417-6254; tamara@feiromarinelifecenter.org

Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe

A federally recognized Tribe located in Blyn with programs protecting tribal treaty rights through restoration, enhancement, scientific study, and conservation and promoting traditional tribal cultural practices with traditional foods and gathering. Stream restoration, native planting/gardening. 360-681-4600; aalmond@jamestowntribe.org

Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee

A county advisory committee committed to protecting and restoring marine habitats. Community volunteers assist with forage fish surveys, Olympia oyster restoration, rain garden installations, bull kelp monitoring and outreach. 360-379-5610 x230; jeff.co.mrc@gmail.com

Jefferson Land Trust

Jefferson Land Trust is an accredited, nonprofit organization in Jefferson County, with the mission of preserving open space, working lands and habitat forever. Hands-on stewardship and restoration, outreach, writing, photography. 360-379-9501; info@saveland.org

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe

A federally recognized Tribe west of Port Angeles, working to restore ecosystems and protect unique tribal interests and treaty rights. Restore the Elwha River and other areas by growing and planting native plants; removing weeds; citizen science projects, seasonal fishery and wildlife work. 360-457-4012 x7489; Allyce.miller@elwha.org

North Olympic Land Trust

A land trust conserving open spaces, local food and resources, healthy watersheds and recreational opportunities in Clallam County. Site stewardship, monitoring, outreach, Farm Tour. 360-417-1815; info@northolympiclandtrust.org

North Olympic Salmon Coalition

A non-profit organization working to restore salmon habitat on the North Olympic Peninsula. Plant trees, survey salmon, collect samples, teach kids, assist with events and outreach. 360-379-8051; volunteer@nosc.org

Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary

Manages nearly 3,200 square mile marine sanctuary off the west coast of the Olympic Peninsula. Coastal beach cleanups (CoastSavers), data collection, Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST). Docent and outreach work at the Olympic Coast Discovery Center in Port Angeles. 360-406-2092; Chris.ButlerMinor@noaa.gov

Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park offers service learning opportunities and recruits for volunteers positions.  Just click on the link above to learn more. 360-565-3142; olym_volunteer@nps.gov

Port Townsend Marine Science Center

An educational and scientific nonprofit devoted to inspiring conservation of the Salish Sea. Aquarium and Museum located in Fort Worden in Port Townsend. Exhibit docents and greeters, classroom assistants, feeding and cleaning tanks, citizen science. 360-385-5582 x120; gsanchez@ptmsc.org

Streamkeepers

A Clallam County-led citizen-based scientific monitoring program, tracking the health of local watersheds. Work in small teams. Training provided. Contact: 360-417-2281; Streamkeepers@co.clallam.wa.us

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

State agency managing fish and wildlife in Washington. WDFW welcomes volunteers who want to assist in activities that benefit fish, wildlife and habitat. Click on link above to view projects and contact information.

WSU Extension Clallam & Jefferson

Extension offices on the Peninsula offer annual training to those looking to learn, then volunteer. Courses are fast-paced and science-based with a volunteer commitment following graduation. Beach Naturalists is a 6-week, course offered in the spring in Jefferson County. Learn about beaches, bluffs, and marine life (360/379-5610 x 230; cheryl.lowe@wsu.edu). Stream Stewards is offered in the fall in Clallam County. Learn about stream ecology, salmon, and habitat restoration. 360/565-2679; WSUStreamStewards@gmail.com. Master Gardener training is offered in the spring in Clallam (360/417-2280; laurel.moulton@wsu.edu) and in the fall in Jefferson County (360/379.5610 x 210; bridget.gregg@wsu.edu). Fees vary.

 

 

About this site

This webpage is compiled and maintained by WSU Extension in Jefferson and Clallam Counties to promote environmental volunteerism on the North Olympic Peninsula. Organizations with an environmental education or stewardship mission are included.

If your organization has an environmental education or stewardship mission and would like to be included, please send email to laurel.moulton@wsu.edu.

Funding for this project comes from the Puget Sound National Estuary Program project:  Engaging the Community in Strait Ecosystem Recovery (NTA 2016-0107).

“This project has been funded wholly or in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under assistance agreement PC-01J22301 through the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. The contents of this document do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Environmental Protection Agency or the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, nor does mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation for use.”