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Volunteer at the South Slough Reserve

The South Slough Reserve has a robust volunteer program, overseen by the Public Involvement Coordinator who works with community partners, Reserve staff and the Friends of Sough Slough to raise awareness of public involvement opportunities. 

There are many ways to volunteer with the Reserve:

  • Trail Guide
  • Visitor Services 
  • Program Publicity 
  • Education 
  • Field work
  • Citizen Science 
  • Clerical tasks
  • Trail maintenance
Citizen Science Lamprey Project Site Map and Excel Sheet

To learn more about volunteer opportunities, please contact Deborah Rudd, 541-888-5558, ext. 158.

Friends of South Slough (FOSS)

In 1988 a group of dedicated supporters formed the Friends of South Slough Reserve, Inc. as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. The Friends’ mission is to promote and assist the Reserve in its educational and research activities and to obtain grants and other funding to promote the South Slough and its programs.

South Slough Internships

The Friends of the South Slough sponsor the Reserve’s internship program, which is designed to help students gain job skills and work experience in the field of natural resources. The program offers a broad range of opportunities for university, community college and high school students, and for adults wishing to gain additional job skills and work experience. Internships opportunities exist for those interested in the sciences, research, education, stewardship, forestry, customer service, and more.

The South Slough Reserve is recruiting for an Estuary Explorers Educator who will provide meaningful, place-based education about estuaries and coastal watersheds to visitors and under-resourced students on the Oregon coast.  The service term is September 1, 2021-July 31, 2022. The application deadline is July 30, 2021.  Read the full description here.  Apply here.

South Slough Reserve will be hosting one New Beginnings for Tribal Students (NBTS) Fire Science Intern in the summer/fall of 2021. The NBTS program is funded by a USDA-NIFA which makes competitive grants to land-grant colleges and universities to provide identifiable support specifically targeted to support Tribal student academic and career success. 

The intern will be assisting with Coastal Training Programs, video/audio program preparation, and working with Tribal partners to develop a section of the South Slough fire management plan that focuses on traditional management of cultural resources. 
Start date:  August/September with some flexibility in the start and end dates. 
Read the full description here.
Scroll to the resources section of this page for the internship application link. Deadline to apply: June 30, 2021.

Volunteers in the water doing eelgrass sampling



Deborah Rudd
Public Involvement Coordinator
PO Box 5417, Charleston, OR 97420
Phone: 541-888-5558 Ext. 158

Rebecca Muse
Operations Manager
PO Box 5417, Charleston, OR 97420
Phone: 541-888-5558 Ext. 134

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