Volunteers are the driving force behind the Galveston Bay Foundation, propelling our efforts to ensure a thriving Galveston Bay estuarine system. When you volunteer with us, you’re not just giving your time — you’re gaining invaluable hands-on experience in environmental conservation and restoration, earning service hours, having team building experiences, and deepening your understanding of Galveston Bay. 

We believe in the power of community and that everyone can find a way to contribute towards our mission. Please review the volunteer opportunities below to determine how you would like to help. Email volunteer@galvbay.org if you would like more information. 

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Interested in group volunteering? Tell us about your group and how you would like to volunteer here. 



Community Events
Join us at one of our scheduled community events! Volunteers enjoy participating in events like Marsh Mania, Trash Bash, Abandoned Crab Trap Removal, and more.

Citizen Science and More!

Water Monitoring Team
Conduct regular water sampling around Galveston Bay and perform chemical analyses, physical testing, and field observations. Email waterquality@galvbay.org for more information.

Dolphin Research Field Assistant
Assist with field surveys of the bottlenose dolphins that reside in Galveston Bay through our partnership with the Environmental Institute of Houston. Email vmintzer@galvbay.org for more information.

Marine Debris Surveys and Nurdle Patrol
Get trained and participate in marine debris surveys to better understand what the greatest trash issues on our shorelines are, and help collect and report nurdles (small, plastic pellets, or plastic in raw form before it is manufactured into a product). Email waterquality@galvbay.org for more information.

Environmental Educator
Help teach students and families about the importance of the Bay and the environmental problems that affect it. Email cwilems@galvbay.org for more information.

Care for Pear the Terrapin
Help with basic care of our animal ambassador, Pear the diamondback terrapin, by helping with feeding, water changes, cleaning, and other care tasks as needed. Email volunteer@galvbay.org for more information.

Sign up For Volunteer Opportunity Alerts

You will receive alerts with volunteer opportunities every 2-3 months.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Galveston Bay Foundation offer regular volunteer opportunities during the week and on weekends?

Regular weekday and weekend opportunities are dynamic at Galveston Bay Foundation, occurring seasonally or on an as-needed basis. Please make sure to sign up to get volunteer e-mail alerts!

How do I know which types of volunteer opportunities are available?

When you sign up for our volunteer alerts (above!), you’ll receive emails about volunteering for upcoming events and additional volunteer opportunities.

Can I do a group or corporate volunteer activity with Galveston Bay Foundation?

We do offer a number of options that are well-suited for corporate volunteers or groups like hands-on habitat restoration activities, shoreline cleanups and event support. Email volunteer@galvbay.org to get more detailed information!

Do you have volunteer opportunities for student groups?

We do! For the best experience for student groups, we recommend our Students in Action program. Please contact the Director of Education at cwilems@galvbay.org for more information.

Do you have volunteer opportunities for kids during the summer?

We do, and the opportunities can vary. We sometimes need assistance with administrative tasks like organizing or shredding papers, and also like to get help with the care of our animal ambassador, Pear. Email volunteer@galvbay.org to inquire about youth summertime volunteering.

I joined the volunteer email list but have not received an email yet.

Don’t worry, we may not have sent an email yet! We typically send a volunteer email every 2-3 months. If you suspect that an error is at fault, check your security settings to make sure our emails are marked as “safe,” or try signing up for our volunteer list again in case your original submission had a typo.
For more detailed information on our volunteer programs and opportunities, email volunteer@galvbay.org

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