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NOAA National Marine Sanctuary Volunteer Opportunities

Picture of a whale tail.Volunteer opportunities include being trained as a naturalist, educating the public about sanctuary wildlife, being a diver in fish counts, walking a beach looking for injured wildlife, serving as a sanctuary visitor center docent, or joining a sanctuary advisory council to provide management recommendations to the sanctuary superintendent.

Volunteers are essential to ensuring the healthy future of our nation’s marine sanctuaries. Volunteers help to ensure NOAA’s national marine sanctuaries remain America's underwater treasures for future generations by contributing services to the sanctuaries in areas of research, monitoring, enforcement, education and outreach, and management advisory.

There are 13 sanctuaries and one marine national monument from the U.S East Coast to Hawaii and American Samoa.

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