Island Experience

Volunteer Vacation Opportunities

Giving back isn’t just something you can do at home. When you travel, it’s a special opportunity to become part of the community you’re visiting.

Volunteers are not paid – not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.

Check out the organizations and opportunities below, and see where you might find some way you can help.

Seasonal Volunteer Opportunities

San Juan Island

Friends of Lime Kiln Society (F.O.L.K.S.)

Share the wonders of Lime Kiln Point State Park through running the interpretive center, guiding lighthouse tours, or as a park naturalist. No experience necessary, training provided.

Contact: Erin Corra, [email protected]

San Juan Island National Historical Park

No opportunities currently available, please check back.

The Whale Museum

Help promote stewardship of the Salish Sea’s wildlife by working with Soundwatch Boater Education program, the Stranding Network, and numerous other behind-the-scenes opportunities. Prior experience a plus but not required. Training provided.

Contact: Rebekah Cousins, [email protected]

San Juan Historical Society & Museum

The museum is always looking for help with landscaping, gardening, research, building maintenance and installing new exhibits. Find out how you can be a part of history!

Contact: Kevin Loftus, [email protected].

Orcas Island

Friends of Moran

Volunteers operate the gift shop and learning center from May to September but also involved in park projects like the annual spring clean-up.

Contact: [email protected]

Long Live the Kings

Get involved with salmon recovery efforts at the Orcas Island hatchery. Assist with river surveys, tagging young salmon, and other facility projects.

Contact: [email protected]

Lopez Island

San Juan Islands National Monument, BLM

Volunteers help us further our mission of protecting, restoring and conserving the San Juan Islands National Monument. There are lots of ways to engage and participate from coordinating events, assisting with field work, citizen science, projects, trail maintenance and beach clean-ups. Individual or group service projects available and often tailored to fit your group.

Contact: Nick Teague, [email protected]

San Juan County

Friends of the San Juans

Friends' community of volunteers helps us further our mission of protecting and restoring the San Juan Islands and the Salish Sea for people and nature. Coordinate events, participate on committees, attend meetings and hearings, and assist with field work, projects, and beach clean-ups.

Contact: Katie Fleming, [email protected]

Keepers of the Patos Light

Become a summer docent and share the history of the Patos Island Light with visitors. First Aid/CPR required, other training provided. Other opportunities include day-trip work parties to clean-up beaches, remove invasive plant species, and maintain trails. Membership required.

Contact: [email protected]

San Juan County Parks

Individual or group service projects available and often tailored to fit your group.

Contact: [email protected]

San Juan County Land Bank

Habitat restoration projects including the Oak Team and the Salish Seed Project as well as clean-up events and work parties.

Contact: Tanja Williamson, [email protected]

San Juan Preservation Trust

Participate in one of our field work projects and help restore the ecological health through noxious weed removal, beach clean-up, planting native species, and other tasks. Ability to do manual labor required.

Contact: Craig Canine, [email protected]


American Hiking Society

Be a part of a crew of outdoor lovers and help rehabilitate trails all across the country. Accepting 2017 applications now.

Contact: [email protected]

Washington Native Plant Society

No opportunities currently available, please check back.

Contact: [email protected]

WWOOF (Worldwide Workers on Organic Farms)

Be a part of the organic agricultural movement through a variety of farm educational opportunitiesgrowing vegetables, keeping bees, making wine, working with animals, etc. Several farms in the San Juan Islands have WWOOFers working in their fields and gardens, including Doe Bay Resort and others. Membership required.

Contact: [email protected]

The Whale Trail

Help promote awareness and stewardship of the marine environment through outreach, social media, and any other ideas you can come up with!

Contact: [email protected]