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

Kayak patrol  Volunteers cleaning the beach!

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, Instagram for photos and the Volunteer Corner.

Event WaiverVolunteer Interest Form(206) 297-7002

Kayak Patrol Member

Reports to:
Paul Fredrickson

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

Duties:
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!

Qualifications:
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.

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

Location:
Northwest Outdoor Center
2100 Westlake Avenue North #1
Seattle, WA 98109
Free parking is available in the stalls facing the street.

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

Soundkeeper Boat Patrol Member

Reports to:
Paul Frederickson

Position Description:
Volunteer patrols form a central part of our effort to monitor pollution and prevent debris from reaching the Sound. 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.

Duties:
Volunteers will ride as passengers in the Soundkeeper boat and help observe shorelines and waterways. Volunteers may help report pollution to an appropriate agency when necessary and assist in removing marine debris from the water.

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

Time:
Fridays 10:00am – 2:00pm

Location:
Meet at the Elliott Bay Marina G dock. Free parking is available in the guest parking section near Palisades restaurant in the stalls facing the street in the back row.
2601 West Marina Place
Seattle, WA 98199

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

Marine Debris Cleanups

Reports to:
Kathryn Davis

Position 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.

Duties:
Volunteers pick up trash, help sort items into recycling or garbage, and properly dispose of debris. Depending on the event, some volunteers may be in kayaks or boats while others will be on land.

Qualifications:
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.

Soundkeeper Volunteer

Reports to:
Katelyn Kinn

Position Description:
Incidents of pollution are happening all the time around Puget Sound and many go unreported. As a Soundkeeper Volunteer, we need your help to detect and document these sources of illegal pollution. Whether you are biking, walking, boating, or kayaking, you can act as eyes for the Sound. Soundkeeper Volunteers will learn to identify and prevent water pollution through the monitoring, documenting and reporting of pollution sources. Bicycle commuters and joggers/walkers, it’s easy to keep your eyes peeled for pollution if you know where to look. Remember, the Clean Water Act empowers you to prevent illegal pollution from occurring!

Duties:
Monitor the area near you for illegal or suspicious discharges, call instances of illegal pollution into the PSA Pollution Hotline or another appropriate agency, and submit regular patrol Log forms.

Qualifications:
Anyone can be a Soundkeeper Volunteer. Soundkeeper will provide a training to help you become an expert in identifying and reporting illegal pollution.

Water Quality Monitoring Specialist

Reports to:
Varies

Position Description:
Soundkeeper participates in various water quality monitoring projects as funding permits. Monitoring pollutants in the Puget Sound basin helps inform recovery efforts and identify sources of pollution. Regularly check our events page to find water quality monitoring opportunities.
Past projects include:

Mussel Watch: Mussels act as strong indicators of water quality. To feed, individual mussels filter approximately 20 gallons of water daily and improve water quality by removing bacteria, heavy metals and toxins. These contaminants accumulate in the tissues of mussels and can be studied to determine which pollutants are prevalent in a body of water. The Mussel Watch program is administered by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and helps to describe the current status of pollution and to detect changes in the environmental quality of state estuarine and coastal waters.

Water sampling: Soundkeeper volunteers have tested stormwater discharges from bridges and industrial pipes and monitored heavy metals in urban creeks and marine water locations.

Oyster bed restoration: In 2007, PSA volunteers worked with Puget Sound Restoration Fund to restore a native oyster population on Vashon Island. The diminutive Olympia oyster is the only oyster native to the Pacific Northwest. These oysters provide habitat and sustenance for native invertebrates, birds and fish while filtering the water.

Volunteer Internship Opportunities

Reports to:
Appropriate staff member

Position Description:
Through volunteer internships, Soundkeeper aims to provide interested students, or others seeking a more formal arrangement, the opportunity to focus on an area of Soundkeeper’s work in order to gain skills, experience and knowledge beneficial to both parties.

Duties:
Possible focus areas include Soundkeeper’s legal program, computer expertise such as GIS, volunteer recruitment, outreach and education program development, or another project of your own design!  Duties will vary but examples include research, writing, developing computer-based tools, working with data, etc.

Qualifications:
Soundkeeper is looking for people with a self-starter attitude, a willingness to explore and learn new things and an ability to work with minimal supervision. Preference will be given to students seeking formal educational credit for an internship.

Time: 
Flexible

Location: 
Soundkeeper office

Fundraising Assistant

Reports to:
Shana Pennington-Baird

Position Description:
Salute to the Sound Gala and Auction is our biggest fundraising opportunity of the year. We hold this auction each year in October and serve some of the finest seafood the Northwest has to offer. Throughout dinner, we auction off a selection of exciting items before listening to a keynote speaker. Previous speakers include Jim Whittaker, Art Wolfe, and Alexandra Cousteau. All proceeds benefit PSA’s work to protect and preserve the waters of Puget Sound.

Duties:
Duties for this position are varied. To prepare for the event, we need help collecting and preparing auction items, mailing invitations, and preparing table centerpieces. We also need volunteers to staff the event and assist with setup and take-down. After the event the work is not done! Volunteers may help with data processing, mailing thank you notes, and a variety of other tasks.

Qualifications:
Soundkeeper is looking for professional individuals who preferably have worked an auction before and are comfortable multitasking in a fast paced environment. Volunteers are welcome to attend Salute free of charge, participate in the silent and live auctions, and take advantage of the delicious food served to dinner guests!

Community Outreach Representative

Reports to:
Paul Fredrickson

Position Description:
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.

Duties:
Community Outreach Representatives will research community events, professionally represent Soundkeeper, and recruit new volunteers. Representatives will be responsible for sending new volunteer recruitment forms to Barbara Owens and must be able to provide their own transportation.

Qualifications:
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.

Office Admin Assistant

Reports to:
Julie Angell

Position Description:
Running an office is no small task! We are a small staff of dedicated individuals and we are looking for volunteers to help run our day to day activities. Working in our office is also a great way to get to know staff members.

Duties:
Tasks include general office maintenance, mail sorting, answering phones, data entry, and special event support.

Qualifications:
Experience working in an office setting, organized, able to pay close attention to detail.