Volunteer Activities at PTMSC

Volunteering at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center is a great way to get involved in your community, meet new people, and learn new skills. Whether you’re a retired professor, or a novice to marine biology, there’s room for everyone! You don’t need a science background; just enthusiasm, passion, and a willingness to try new things.

Volunteers serve as exhibit guides or “docents” in our Marine and Natural History Exhibits, help maintain aquaria and feeding animals, assist with beach walks and education programs, participate in collecting scientific data in our “Citizen Science” research and monitoring programs, help with public outreach at festivals or the Jefferson County Farmers Market, and more. We also have volunteers that serve on the PTMSC Board or committees, organize and help run our annual “Tides of March” Fundraising auction, do photography and videography, and utilize their own special skills they may bring here.

Our volunteers are essential to the smooth operation of PTMSC – we couldn’t do the activities we do without their tremendous, dedicated support. Their enthusiasm and passion for our mission is what motivates our staff, our programs, and we can’t thank them enough!

Interested in Becoming Part of Our Team?

The first step in becoming a volunteer with PTMSC is to fill out our volunteer application. Group volunteer orientations are scheduled throughout the year, once or twice a month. To find out about the next upcoming orientation, or if you have any questions, please call or email our Volunteer Coordinator, Gabriele Sanchez, at 360-385-5582, ext. 120.

To get a more thorough description of what kinds of opportunities, experiences, and expectations the PTMSC Volunteer Program has, please take a look at the Volunteer Handbook. If you become a volunteer, this document is required reading and you'll see at the end a "Code of Conduct" to sign.

Once you're registered as a volunteer, you’ll also receive a weekly email that describes upcoming events and opportunities to which you can respond if you're interested.

Volunteer Resources

Download Docent Guides for Marine and Natural History Exhibits:

Marine Exhibit Docent Guide

Natural History Exhibit Docent Guide