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Volunteer Mission Statement

The mission of the Galveston Bay Foundation Volunteer Program is to support the preservation, protection, and enhancement of Galveston Bay through hands-on incorporation of the local community and general public into vital restoration, research, education, administrative, and fundraising projects.

Volunteer Vision
Volunteers are vital to the success and continuation of projects and activities that support the Galveston Bay estuarine system. At the Galveston Bay Foundation, we envision volunteers becoming trained, experienced, and self-motivated stewards who will support Galveston Bay for years to come.

Why Volunteer?Ongoing VolunteeringMore Volunteer Opportunities

By volunteering with the Galveston Bay Foundation, you can:

-Gain valuable field training and experience in environmental conservation and restoration.

-Increase your knowledge of the ecology and economy of Galveston Bay Become experienced in non-profit development, administration, and fundraising.

-Earn volunteer credit for school, community service, and other service projects.

-Enjoy the amazing feeling of doing something great for the environment!

-Some employers offer a grant to the nonprofit for a certain amount of hours volunteered. Inquire to your HR department to find out.

Opportunity Info Contact
Water Monitoring Volunteer GBF’s Water Monitoring Team conducts regular sampling around Galveston Bay that includes chemical analyses, physical testing, and field observations. Email waterquality@galvbay.org
Bay Ambassadors Bring the Bay to local organizations and classrooms using a variety of specimens and visual aids. Teach about the importance of the Bay and the environmental problems that affect it. Email rhenderson@galvbay.org for more information.
FACE of GBF Become a trained volunteer representative of GBF, and have opportunities to take on leadership roles at many of our events and through special projects. Email eford@galvbay.org for registration and training opportunities.
Group Plantings GBF can work with corporate groups, scouts, and youth groups to coordinate marsh plantings. A minimum number of volunteers is required for most plantings. Planting opportunities dependent on site availability. Email eford@galvbay.org to check availability.
Administrative Support We have a lot going on around the office! If you’re looking to earn a few volunteer hours after school, utilize your administrative skills, or seeking other special in-office projects, let us know and we may be able to work with you. Email eford@galvbay.org to check availability.
Oil Spill Recovery – Bay Area Response Team Under a  Memorandum Of Agreement with the Central Texas Coastal Area Committee (CTCAC), the Galveston Bay Foundation serves as a volunteer management organization to recruit, register, and train volunteers needed for non-hazardous roles during oil spill response. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer oil spill disaster responder in the Central Texas Coastal area, please join the CTCAC mailing list as a volunteer. Sign up here
Wetlands Permit Review Committee Are you interested in projects that may affect wetlands and other aquatic habitats in Galveston Bay? Want to learn more, share your experience, and have a say in how those projects are put into action? Join the Wetlands Permit Review Committee today! Email sjones@galvbay.org for more information.

Different degrees of skills and training may be required for the opportunities mentioned above. Please contact Emily Ford at eford@galvbay.org or 281-332-3381 x207 for information about training, volunteer registration, and the volunteer mailing list.

Events and Special Projects
Throughout the year, we host a variety of events and projects that educate, integrate, and entertain the public in support of Galveston Bay. Event and project volunteer opportunities are perfect for school groups, scout troops, other organizations, or individuals looking for a one-time, fun, and energetic volunteer experience.

Water Monitoring Team
GBF’s Water Monitoring Team conducts regular sampling around Galveston Bay that includes chemical analyses, physical testing, and field observations. Learn more about how you can be part of this unique team.

FACE of the Galveston Bay Foundation
FACE (Fundraising, Advocacy, Conservation, and Education) volunteers are considered professional representatives of the Galveston Bay Foundation. FACE volunteers are trained by Foundation staff and are given opportunities to fill valuable volunteer leadership positions, including but not limited to Field Lead, Marsh Planting Team Captain, and Outreach Specialist.

Once registered and trained, all FACE volunteers must be able to commit a minimum of five hours of volunteer time every three months. Contact Emily Ford at eford@galvbay.org for more FACE volunteer information or to register and schedule training.


Galveston Bay Foundation depends on volunteer support in many capacities. With a number of our staff working away from the office in and around Galveston Bay, assistance with organization, data entry, filing, and other administrative tasks is greatly appreciated. The Foundation may accommodate requests for unpaid internship opportunities and independent volunteer projects on a case-by-case basis as well. Let us know what you are looking for, and we will gladly work with you to make you a vital part of our volunteer network.

 For more information on our volunteer program and opportunities, please contact Emily Ford at eford@galvbay.org or (281) 332-3381 ext. 207.