Volunteer Opportunities

A woman in a blue vest speaks with two young adults at a desk in a museum
Our Eco-Discovery Center is a free attraction in Key West that depends on volunteers to keep the public informed. Photo: NOAA

Through volunteering, you can explore new interests, develop employable skills, enrich your own education, discover new talents, have fun, and make a difference in your community. By becoming a volunteer for Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and our partners, you will not only be a steward of the marine ecosystem here, but will also help others learn about and care to protect this place too. In this way, you are helping to ensure a healthier future for Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

"People protect what they love, they love what they understand and they understand what they are taught." – Jacques-Yves Cousteau

To sign up to receive email updates on upcoming volunteer training and opportunities, join our volunteer listserv. For specific questions or for further information, contact our volunteer coordinator, Elizabeth Trueblood.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Eco-Discovery Center Docent

  • Duties: Greet guests, host programs and activities, and assist with other duties in the center
  • Location: Key West, Florida
  • Time Commitment: Work a four-hour shift once per week

Outreach Team Volunteer

  • Duties: Work alongside our team of educators at events throughout the Keys
  • Location: Throughout the Keys

Do you have a special skill, such as GIS or buoy installation? We invite individuals with a variety of skills and interests to join our growing volunteer program.

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Pass a background check and fingerprint screening
  • Must be 16 years of age or older for docent and education team opportunities
  • Must be 18 years of age or older to participate in any water-based activity