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There are numerous volunteer opportunities at Save Our Shores! Our volunteers are a dynamic team working to protect and preserve the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. If you’re looking for ways to put your passion to good use, give back to your community and spend some quality time outdoors, read on. Our volunteers have a whole lot of fun while helping our ocean and marine environment thrive.

Don’t miss our three largest community cleanups of the year:

  • Earth Day cleanups
  • The July 5th Star-Spangled Beach Cleanup
  • Annual Coastal Cleanup Day at more than 80 sites on the third Saturday of September

Beach & River Cleanups

vols-335x215If being outdoors and preventing pollution from entering the ocean is for you, volunteer for our next beach or river cleanup! Learn more: Beach & River Cleanups.

Don’t miss an event: View the calendar

Sanctuary Stewards

Sanctuary Stewards are the core volunteer force of Save Our Shores. They are the heart of all of our work around Monterey Bay. If you’re looking for a closer connection to your community and environment, the Steward program is for you.

volunteer-stewards-335x215Sanctuary Stewards make school presentations, lead beach cleanups, participate in community events, and work on all sorts of special projects, from making costumes to data entry. Email volunteer(at) for more information. Check our calendar for the next Sanctuary Steward Crash Course.

Learn more on the Sanctuary Steward page.


If walking or paddling around the docks and preventing small oil spills sounds like your style, the Dockwalker team is right for you! Dockwalkers empower boaters to boat responsibly by offering information and supplies for proper disposal of oil and hazardous materials. Short training sessions are held the day of each event.

Dockwalkers work in Pillar Point (Half Moon Bay), Santa Cruz, Moss Landing, and Monterey harbors throughout the summer months. A typical Dockwalker shift is three to four hours. Contact matt(at) or call 831-462-5660 ext. 5.

Learn more on our Clean Boating & DockWalkers page.

Private Cleanups

corporate-335x215Is your business or corporate group looking for a volunteer team-building experience along the beautiful Monterey Bay? Save Our Shores will work with you to accommodate your large group. Business and corporate groups are encouraged to email development(at)


aab-vol-335x215Want your group to become an ocean champion for your favorite beach throughout the year? Become the newest group to Adopt-a-Beach through Save Our Shores! Adopt-a-Beach groups pledge to participate in at least three beach cleanups a year.

Learn more on our Adopt-a-Beach page.


At Save Our Shores, our interns get a real experience of what it’s like to work for a local, grassroots, environmental nonprofit. Prepare to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty. There are no ordinary internships here! Learn more on our Internship page.

Business Sponsorship

Want your business to be a leader for our oceans and environment? View opportunities here: Event Sponsorship and Program Sponsorship