Volunteers Needed!

No matter what your expertise, there is bound to be a group in the area that can use your time, skill, and talent. Visit the Web sites of the organizations below to see what volunteer opportunities they may have for you. And don’t forget to sign up here to be notified of volunteer opportunities and other events happening at the Grand Bay NERR.


25th Annual Mississippi Coastal Cleanup
Coastal MS
Once a year, a coastwide volunteer effort is organized to help keep our waterways free from trash and safe for people and animals. Cleanups take place at more than 60 locations in Hancock County, Harrison County, Jackson County, and the barrier islands. Learn more by clicking here.

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas – Volunteer Dive Program
New Orleans, LA
This group offers the unique opportunity to assist husbandry with maintaining the cleanliness of our exhibits and feeding our collection as well as interacting with guests while diving.  They require that volunteers commit to at least one year of a minimum of 24 dives generally scheduled weekly or every other week. Learn more by calling (504) 275-0529 or emailing Desiree.

Common Ground Health Clinic
New Orleans, LA
This group has volunteer opportunities in their community garden project, at health fairs and community events, doing neighborhood canvassing, and administrative tasks in their office. Learn more by calling (504) 365-8800 or emailing their Volunteer Coordinator.

Crosby Arboretum- Mississippi State University
Picayune, MS
Volunteers are needed to help with many projects such as the plant sale, educational programs, and much more. Visit their Web site for a full list of upcoming opportunities. Learn more by clicking here.

Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Dauphin Island, AL
The Lab has been fortunate for over fifteen years to have 3 dedicated volunteers for their small butterfly garden. These volunteers will be retiring soon at the ages of 79, 83 & 87. If you are interested in taking over the maintenance of the garden, please email or call Jamelle at (251) 861-2141 ext. 7545.

DeSoto County Greenways 
Hernando, MS
DeSoto Volunteers make an important contribution to our work in a variety of ways. They multiply the help of our program and ensure that this important work gets done. Volunteers can help with stream and water quality monitoring, greenways and parks monitoring, trail watch, special events, environmental education, trail maintenance, internet and social media support, and more! Learn more by clicking here or calling (662) 489-9708.

Throughout US
Love to birdwatch? eBird allows you to record the birds you see and keep track of your bird lists, while contributing to science and conservation! Learn more on their Web site.

Garden for Wildlife
Throughout US
Whether you have an apartment balcony or a 20-acre farm, you can create a garden that attracts beautiful wildlife and helps restore habitat in commercial and residential areas. By providing food, water, cover and a place for wildlife to raise their young you not only help wildlife, but you also qualify to become an official Certified Wildlife Habitat through the National Wildlife Federation’s program.

Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) Internship Program
Ocean Springs, MS
The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) is the University of Southern Mississippi’s marine and coastal research and education enterprise sited in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Through its Internship Program, the GCRL affords students and recent graduates the opportunity to gain research experience in a coastal setting by working under the leadership of its faculty, research scientists, and graduate students.  Research at GCRL is multidisciplinary and applications-oriented with a focus on sustainable coastal and marine resources, development of new marine technologies, and the education of future scientists and citizens. Learn more by clicking here or calling (228) 818-8852.

Gulf Islands National Seashore
Ocean Springs, MS
Volunteers are needed to assist at the visitor center, design and conduct information programs for the general public and school groups, help with beach cleanups, and much more. Learn more by clicking here or calling (228) 875-2358.

Habitat Stewards of Coastal Mississippi
Coastal MS
The Habitat Stewards Volunteer Program is unlike any other program. As a volunteer, you will receive 24 hours of training for habitat management for our coastal environments including how to improve and care for natural resources, protect and observe wildlife, and monitor and manage nature trails. Each volunteer will be given a choice of locations and range of activities in association with project partners: Mississippi Coastal Preserves (MS Department of Marine Resources), MS Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge and Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge, and Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain. Learn more by clicking here or calling (228) 875-1032.

Institute for Marine Mammal Studies 
Gulfport, MS
The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS) is currently looking for volunteers to assist with research, educational, and conservational activities. Learn more by clicking here or calling (228) 896-9182.

Land Trust for the Mississippi Coast Plain 
Biloxi, MS
The Land Trust for the Mississippi Coast Plain has many opportunities where you can help, either assisting at our office, working in the field, or assisting with special projects (fundraising or event planning). If you enjoy the outdoors and are committed to conserving our natural world, there is an opportunity for you at LTMCP. Learn more by clicking here or calling (228) 435-9191.

Mississippi Amphibian Monitoring Program (MAMP)
Throughout MS
MAMP is a volunteer based anuran (frogs and toads) statewide monitoring system to help keep track of Mississippi’s frog population. MAMP was first established in 2001 with 6 surveyed routes. There are now over 60 routes statewide. MAMP follows protocol set by  NAAMP, the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program. Volunteers are needed to run MAMP routes statewide. For more information about becoming a volunteer contact, the Coordinator or call (601) 528-5705.

Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge
Gautier, MS
Volunteers are needed to conduct censuses, give tours and environmental education programs, assist as a docent in the visitor’s center, and help with outreach or data entry. Learn more by clicking here or calling (228) 497-6322, extension 106.

Mississippi Wildlife Rehabilitation, Inc. (MWR)
Lake Cormorant, MS
MWR needs people to do more than just feed the animals; they need skills from many different vocations. Whether building new cages or aviaries, teaching wildlife conservation to children, designing web pages or organizing fundraisers, MWR can use your help! Learn more by clicking here or calling (662) 429-5105.

Pascagoula River Audubon Center
Moss Point, MS
The Audubon Coastal Bird Survey (ACBS) program, developed by Dr. Mark LaSalle of the Pascagoula River Audubon Center, is a volunteer-driven Citizen Science effort that engages birders in the monitoring of coastal habitats and wildlife, particularly birds. Learn more by clicking here or calling (228) 475-0825.

Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge 
Brooksville, MS
Internship opportunities exist at the Refuge in three different areas of study, Environmental Education, Biology, and Forestry. All internships offer housing and a $100.00 per week stipend. We require that you work 40 hours per week, have your own transportation and stay for at least twelve weeks. Learn more by clicking here or calling (662) 323-5548.

Strawberry Plains Audubon Center
Holly Springs, MS
The Strawberry Plains Audubon Center is looking for volunteers to lead hikes and house tours, assist with their Hummingbird Migration Celebration, and more! Learn more by clicking here or calling (662) 252-1155.

Would you like your organization added to the list? Feel free to email us.

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