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Puget Soundkeeper Alliance relies heavily on volunteers to help protect and preserve Puget Sound.

No matter what your interest is, we have a job for you if you’re willing to donate your time! Please review the options below to get a sense of what each opportunity involves. Then, if you are interested in volunteering with us, call us directly at (206) 297-7002 or fill out a volunteer interest form so that we can best connect you with available opportunities.

Please note that for most positions, anyone under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a legal guardian in order to participate. We also ask that anyone under the age of 10 have one-on-one adult supervision at all times.  Don’t forget to check our events calendar to see what’s coming up next and visit our Facebook page for updates and Instagram for photos!

Event WaiverVolunteer Interest Form(206) 297-7002


Kayak PatrolDescription:

Volunteer patrols form a central part of our effort to monitor pollution and prevent debris from reaching the Sound. We need your help each week as we paddle through Lake Union and remove trash from the water while keeping an eye out for other pollution violations.   Volunteers will be in double kayaks outfitted with trash bags, grabbers, and nets for scooping debris from the water. The team will paddle to a designated area of the lake and collect any visible trash to properly dispose of back on land. Check out our video to gain a sense of what our kayak patrol is all about!

The Kayak Patrol is open to anyone over the age of 10 and no prior kayak experience is required. We will provide training and all necessary equipment. Kayakers must dress appropriately for the weather.

Interested in taking a group out to kayak? Please contact our office to make arrangements.

Wednesdays 10:00AM – 12:00PM rain or shine

To Attend:

Please call Paul Fredrickson 206-297-7002 at least one week in advance to reserve your space.


Boat Patrol Description:

The Soundkeeper boat is out on the water each week at various locations around Elliott Bay, the Duwamish River, and the Lake Washington Ship Canal. While on patrol, we keep an eye out for abnormal discharges from stormwater pipes and combined sewer overflows. We also check for the application of best management practices by shoreline businesses (i.e. shipyards must use protective tarps when painting or sanding). Along the way, volunteers will learn about the history of Seattle’s industrial development and view our waterways from a unique perspective.

No prior boating experience is needed and all necessary equipment is provided. Please wear closed toe shoes and dress comfortably in layers.

Boat patrols usually are Fridays 10:00am – 2:00pm. Check our events page to confirm patrol times.

To attend:
Please call Paul Fredrickson 206-297-7002 at least one week in advance to reserve your space.


Marine Debris Cleanups Description:

Despite much focus on toxic pollution and habitat restoration, litter and solid waste are a real problem for our waterways.  More than just unsightly, litter and debris (especially plastic and styrofoam) create problems for fish and wildlife. Through ingestion, strangulation, entrapment and injury, marine debris kills and injures thousands of animals every year.  Due to the long life of these products, litter and debris will continue to harm the environment until someone comes along to clean up the mess. Soundkeeper conducts multiple cleanup events every year, involving hundreds of volunteers from dozens of workplaces and organizations.  Focusing on waterways and shorelines, volunteers clean beaches, paddle kayaks to find trash in hard to reach spots, and tow large debris safely to shore with larger boats.  Contact us if your workplace is interested in organizing a cleanup activity for a team building day of service.

Cleanups are open to everyone and only require a willingness to get dirty! Soundkeeper will provide trash bags, grabbers, and gloves and will help properly dispose of trash when finished.

To attend:
Please check our events page to sign up for upcoming cleanups or contact our office to arrange a group cleanup.


Community Outreach

Volunteering to represent Soundkeeper at community events increases awareness of our organization to different communities throughout the Puget Sound basin. We invite you to reach out to your local community and represent us at events. Community Outreach Representatives will research community events, professionally represent Soundkeeper, and recruit new volunteers.

We welcome anyone passionate about the Soundkeeper mission to become a Community Outreach Representative. We will provide training and a supply of promotional materials to distribute at events. Knowledge of environmental science and marine issues is preferred, although not required.


group service projects


Soundkeeper offers the opportunity for organizations and businesses to do group service projects and improve the health of Puget Sound. Do you work for a company that would like to sponsor a team cleanup or boat patrol? We can set up a group volunteer experience uniquely suited to your needs. For more information, contact Kathryn Davis at kathryn@pugetsoundkeeper.org or 206.297.7002.