Between April and October, we have various volunteer opportunities, including:

  • Trawling: Full-day boating trips designed to collect data on fish populations, habitat distribution, and water quality. Heavy lifting required.

  • eDNA sampling: Full-day boating trips to collect water samples for DNA extraction.

  • Eelgrass restoration: One-time event that involves bagging eelgrass shoots and deploying them at our focus area. Date TBA, usually a Saturday in June.

  • Shell Recycling: Collecting discarded shells from partner restaurants in the Port Jefferson area. Shells will be used to build oyster reefs in the bay.

  • BRUV viewing: Watching underwater videos and recording the species that appear. Familiarity with estuarine species preferred. Can be done remotely.

  • Map making: Creating maps as necessary through ESRI's ArcGIS platform.

If you are interested in helping with any of the above responsibilities, shoot us an email at

Concrete schedules will be posted as the field season approaches. Stay tuned!


Eelgrass restoration

Shell Recycling