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Volunteer Opportunities

Group of people holding shovels standing next to branches.Taking care of the Reserve involves many volunteers with different backgrounds. Whether you're interested in helping scientists in the field or welcoming visitors around the cozy hearth of our Visitor Center, there is an opportunity for you.

Outdoor Opportunities

We are looking for people to join our community of Reserve volunteers to protect and restore this important watershed. Do you have a passion for plant/animal identification or scientific research? An interest in keeping the Reserve clean and free of invasive species? Would you like to assist with restoration, research, or trail maintenance? We want your help!

Join Us at a Second Saturday Steward Event

On the second Saturday of every month, South Slough Reserve holds a hands-on stewardship activity somewhere in the Reserve. The event, which runs from 10am - noon, is a great way to visit different parts of the Reserve, meet new people, and help care for essential lands and waters.

Become a Trail Steward

Trail Stewards are a unique community of volunteers given extra training so they can volunteer when their schedule allows as well as drop-in on larger projects, like repairing trails or removing large amounts of invasive plants. You help represent the Reserve and identify areas where attention is needed.

Learn more about becoming a Trail Steward by contacting Deborah Rudd.

General Opportunities

Whether it is one hour a week, one day a week, or just assisting with a one-time special project, the efforts of our volunteers help make this a special place. We have positions for people that love engaging with the public, enjoy taking photographs, and more.

Please submit a volunteer application if you'd like to explore options with us:

Intern at the Reserve

The Reserve’s internship program creates opportunities for interested college and high school students, as well as adults, to gain knowledge, skills, and work experience in the field of natural science. Reserve staff work with interns to create individualized programs that match their interests in the sciences, research, education, stewardship, forestry, customer service and more.

Ready to elevate your education to the next level? Complete an internship application.

South Slough Reserve is seeking one intern this fall! 

The South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (Reserve) monitors water and weather conditions at 4 primary water quality stations and 1 weather station to understand long term trends in water quality as part of the NERRS System-Wide Monitoring Program (SWMP).  The Reserve collects monthly water grab samples for analyses of nutrients, chlorophyll, bacteria, and sediments. In addition, the Reserve maintains 3 water quality stations in the Coos estuary.  By participating in this project, the intern will assist the science team with collecting samples via boat, maintaining and calibrating equipment, lab processing and analysis, and entering data. See full description here.

Rustic housing available on site (no pets, additional family members). Stipend award of $19/hour paid monthly. Interns put in about 10-20 hours/week over the eleven-week internship (Sept. 19-Nov. 22, 2024). Submit a cover letter and resume along with an application (link below) by Friday, July 31.

Support Friends of South Slough Reserve

If you're interested in helping with fundraising events, writing grants, or seeking community partnerships, volunteering with Friends of South Slough Reserve (FOSS) might be a great option. FOSS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that was formed in 1988 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. FOSS also maintains a bookstore at the Visitor Center, where members help interpret South Slough's ecology and natural features for visitors while making sales that benefit the Reserve.

Contact FOSS to join their efforts in supporting the Reserve or ask questions about becoming a member.

Friends of South Slough Reserve
PO Box 5446
Charleston, OR 97420
541-888-5558 ext. 123


Deborah Rudd
Public Involvement Coordinator
PO Box 5417, Charleston, OR 97420


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