Volunteering is a very special way of supporting the Sanctuary. Many
opportunities are available through the Farallone Marine Sanctuary Association's
joint volunteer programs with Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.
Volunteers gain an intimate appreciation of the nature of the Sanctuary while
significantly contributing to our ongoing conservation and education efforts—it's
all about actively participating in making a difference! FMSA's volunteer programs
depend on the energy, generosity, and dedication of individuals like you who care about our marine environment. By joining us, you help protect the Sanctuary from
pollution, loss of marine wildlife, and loss of breeding habitat. Check out the
programs for yourself and get involved!
Beach Watch is a long-term monitoring project. Every four weeks
dedicated volunteers survey "their beach" for live and dead
marine mammals and birds. Beach Watch volunteers come from all
walks of life but share the common love and interest in protecting
and contributing and continuing learning about the betterment of the
Learn more about Beach Watch >>
The SEALS (Sanctuary Education Awareness and Long-term Stewardship)
program began in 1996 and has been dedicated to reducing human impact
on harbor seals through interpretation and monitoring.
Volunteers have been monitoring at Bolinas Lagoon and Tomales Bay
where low tides create islets in the shallow waters. These refuges are
vital to the health and survival of Pacific harbor seals. Seals need to
haul out on land for periods of rest. In the spring, the haul-outs
provide a safe haven where harbor seals give birth and nurse their
Learn more about SEALS >>
The Sanctuary Naturalist Corps is compiled of several volunteer
opportunities, ranging from the Sanctuary Ambassador Program, to
Visitor Center Guides, Sharkmobile facilitators, Snapshot Day, and
Special Event volunteers lending a hand at gatherings such as the
annual OceanFest in October. Join the Sanctuary Stewards and help
contribute to the guardianship of the sanctuary and be an active
part of a conservation community.
Learn more about Other Volunteer Opportunties >>
"Volunteering for the Sanctuary? You
couldn't pay to have this much fun!"
— SEALS Volunteer