Friends of the Bay volunteer opportunities come in every size and shape.
Projects take place on the bay, at the beach, in the office, at school and even up Mill Creek! Some last only a few hours, while others require more of a time commitment. You can volunteer yourself, with your friends, your family, neighbors, your company, school, or community group.
Volunteer for projects to help preserve, protect, and restore the Oyster Bay/Cold Spring Harbor estuary and surrounding watershed! Opportunities include cleanups, research, help with streams and outfalls testing and water quality monitoring. Volunteers can also help with data entry, filing, fundraising, and staffing a table at events. For more information, please sign up below or call (516) 922-6666.
Beach Cleanups Friends of the Bay hosts a beach cleanup every month from February through November. Volunteers of all ages are encouraged to participate.
Water Quality Monitoring Our water quality monitoring season runs from May through October. We run our core monitoring program in addition to participating in Save the Sound's Unified Water Study. These programs run on alternating weeks. Both occur in the morning hours at the beginning of each work week. Volunteers go out on the Friends of the Bay boat to help with collecting water samples and recording data. Water quality volunteers must be responsible and reliable.
Tabling at events This can involve signing in volunteers and giving out supplies at our monthly cleanups or being present and giving out information at other outreach events. We can always use an extra person to help with tabling.
Data Entry This involves entering data collected during water quality monitoring trips into our excel database.
Clerical We often need help updating our mailing lists, organizing files, keeping track of memberships, and sending out mailers and thank you letters.
Updating the website If you are tech savvy and have experience with with updating or managing a website we would love to have you on board to help update the Friends of the Bay website.
Odd jobs around the office Sometimes we just need an extra hand organizing our office
Help with our rain gardens We have two rain gardens along the Western Waterfront in Oyster Bay that need tending. This mostly involves weeding, planting and spreading mulch. ** We are looking for someone to be in charge of our rain garden work group. If you are interested in doing this please email firstname.lastname@example.org