Volunteer Opportunities

Wondering how you can learn about coastal Mississippi and give back at the same time? Volunteer with us!

We’re looking for volunteers for fall 2019!

It’s already gearing up to be a busy fall at the Grand Bay NERR. Earlier this summer we celebrated our 20th year as a Reserve with an open house for guests.

To continue the celebration, our National Estuaries Day event will have even more fun for the family! In addition to our usual “Seaside with the Scientists” event where guests meet our scientists in the estuary by boat, we’ll have exhibitors from other science institutions, activities in and around the Coastal Resources Center, and even cake! This is where we need your help to volunteer to make this event run as smoothly and safely as possible. Various indoor and outdoor opportunities are available, so let us know if you’re interested in helping with this event.

November for our staff is a little bit busier than usual this year with many awesome events on the Gulf Coast. We’re looking for booth volunteers to pair up with a staff member for a shift at the Peter Anderson Festival in Ocean Springs, MS. These will occur on both days of the festival in four-hour shifts (8 am -12 pm, 12 pm – 4 pm), so take your pick! You’ll also be able to take a break and look around at the festival.

Our annual Star Party in December is already gearing up for the planning process, and we’re starting to recruit for volunteers to help out with this fun event! Themed around the Geminid Meteor Shower, we’ll have NASA’s Solar System Ambassadors to guide the stargazing and presentations. Of course, we’ll have some festive activities too, and volunteers are encouraged to wear tacky sweaters. As a Star Party volunteer, you may be helping with with some activities in the building, assisting with stargazing, or helping out with tours on the boardwalk looking for screech owls.

Interested in these activities? Just reply or email volunteernerr@gmail.com for more information. We appreciate your help!

Sign up to be notified about upcoming volunteer events by contacting Outreach Specialist Dennis McGrury: dennis.mcgrury@dmr.ms.gov

Volunteers at the Grand Bay NERR have unique opportunities to engage with and learn about the Reserve. The Grand Bay NERR works to match the interest of each volunteer with opportunities for service the Reserve has to offer. Whether you are interested in education, stewardship, research or administrative volunteering, there is something here for everyone.

Here are some examples of current volunteer projects:

  • Plant photography and photo mapping
  • Fish sorting, sampling and measuring
  • Event staffing (various Saturdays throughout year)
  • Visitor center staffing (ongoing Monday-Friday)
  • Onsite K12 and adult science-based education programs (as needed)
  • Library/resource room organization
  • Invasive species control (ongoing)
  • Phenology trail (ongoing)
  • Trail maintenance (ongoing)
  • Marine debris removal/coastal cleanup

There are lots of organizations that can use your help. Learn about nearby volunteer opportunities by visiting our Volunteers Needed Web page.

For more information please contact:

Trail maintenance

Plant photography

Birdhouse repair


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