Volunteer Opportunities - Puget Soundkeeper Alliance

Beach Cleanups

Puget Soundkeeper hosts various beach cleanups throughout the year to pick up marine debris from our waterways. Unfortunately, 90% of the marine debris we find is plastic. To learn more about our beach cleanup opportunities check out our marine debris cleanup page.

Please note, space is very limited for our beach cleanups as we follow government guidelines around COVID-19.

Weekly Kayak Patrols on Lake Union

Every Wednesday from 11 am to 1 pm, Puget Soundkeeper leads a small group of volunteers to pick up trash around Lake Union in tandem kayaks. No kayaking experience is necessary! Soundkeeper provides training and brings all the cleanup equipment. A BIG thank you to Northwest Outdoor Center for donating their kayaks. Check our events calendar for availability.

Host Your Own Cleanup Using Soundkeeper Equipment

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Puget Soundkeeper has limited space at our volunteer events. If you can’t attend a Soundkeeper cleanup or kayak patrol, you can host your own cleanup! Staff puts together cleanup kits which include trash grabbers, garbage bags, gloves, disinfectants, sharps containers, a scale for weighing trash and more. For more information about our Host Your Own cleanups, email Gillian at gillian@pugetsoundkeeper.org.

Community-Science Opportunities

Community science is a great way to get our volunteers involved in some of our scientific research. Puget Soundkeeper hosts a variety of events during different times of the year.

To learn more about these programs and how to get involved, email Kristin at kristin@pugetsoundkeeper.org.

Boat Patrols

Currently, our boat patrols are not open to the public due to the size of the craft and the coronavirus pandemic. Soundkeeper staff is still monitoring our waters and searching for any pollutants.

Play Trash Bingo

We created a special Trash Bingo card you can use to identify and track the trash collected during your personal cleanup activities. Mark what you find and see if you can get five in a row for Bingo!


Sign Up to Volunteer

No matter what your interest is, we have a job for you if you’re willing to donate your time! Please review the options below to get a sense of what each opportunity involves. Then, if you are interested in volunteering with us, call us directly at (206) 297-7002 or fill out a volunteer interest form so that we can best connect you with available opportunities.

Please note that for most positions, anyone under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a legal guardian in order to participate. We also ask that anyone under the age of 13 have one-on-one adult supervision at all times.  Don’t forget to check our events calendar to see what’s coming up next and visit our Facebook page for updates and Instagram for photos!