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
 

These organizations need volunteers for events, work parties, and regularly scheduled shifts throughout the year. Please contact them directly for further details. 

San Juan Island

Friends of Lime Kiln Society

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]

National Park Service San Juan Island National Historical Park

San Juan Island National Historical Park

San Juan Island NHP participates in the National Park Service's Volunteers in Parks (VIP) program. The program uses voluntary help in a way that is mutually beneficial to the National Park Service and the volunteer. Volunteer applications can be submitted directly to the park. 

The Whale Museum

The Whale Museum

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

Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

Wolf Hollow strives to promote the well-being of wildlife and their habitats through rehabilitation of injured and orphaned wildlife, public education and non-invasive research. Volunteers are needed to help with assessment and transportation, animal care, and fundraising. Contact Marc Brown [email protected] 

Great Islands Cleanup

Orcas Island

Friends of Moran State Park

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]

Lopez Island

San Juan Islands National Monument

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 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 fieldwork, projects, and beach clean-ups. Contact: Katie Fleming, [email protected]

San Juan County Parks

Help us keep a favorite park open by assisting with grounds maintenance, litter pick-up, monitoring park activities, public information and outreach, park interpretation, data entry, or special projects. Individual or group service projects available and often tailored to fit your group. Contact: [email protected] or call (360)378-8420

San Juan County Parks

San Juan County Land Bank

Help out with 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 County Land Bank

San Juan Preservation Trust

Participate in one of our fieldwork projects and help restore 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]

San Juan Preservation Trust

Other

American Hiking Society

Be a part of a crew of outdoor lovers and help rehabilitate trails all across the country. Crews consist of 6-15 volunteers accompanied by a crew leader. Volunteer Vacations involve backpacking or day hiking and accommodations vary from primitive campsites to bunkhouses or cabins. Tools and supervision are provided by the host agency or organization. 

Contact: [email protected]

Washington Native Plant Society

The San Juan Islands Chapter is dedicated to the preservation, conservation, study, and restoration of native plants and vegetation throughout the San Juan Islands and supports educational outreach on the values of the native flora and its habitat throughout the islands. San Juan Island Chapter welcomes new members, and those who are interested are encouraged to volunteer. Contact: [email protected]

Washington Native Plant Society
WWOOF USA

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WWOOF (Worldwide Workers on Organic Farms)

Be a part of the organic agricultural movement through a variety of farm educational opportunities—growing 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]

Whale Scout

Whale Scout

Looking for opportunities in Washington after your trip to the islands? Check out Whale Scout's new app Podmatch and get involved in habitat restoration projects around the Salish Sea. 

The Whale Trail

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]

Washington Trails Association

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Washington Trails Association 

Trails across Washington need our help and support more than ever. WTA welcomes anyone who wants to lend a hand and help out on the trail—whether you've had years of experience or you're brand new to tools. We look forward to seeing you at the next work party!