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Coastal Opportunities

Volunteers are an invaluable part of keeping our beautiful coast clean and healthy.  With increasing interest in beach cleanups and citizen science programs including our beach monitoring efforts, we are pleased to be developing additional coastal volunteer opportunities. 

Please see our current available Coastal opportunities below. If nothing is available now, check back frequently, or take a look at all the other opportunities to spend an hour, a day, or make a longer commitment to volunteer with The Trustees.  We can’t do it without you.

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Coastal Monitoring - Long Point

Opportunity Overview:  Crucial for variety of ecological and social reasons, barrier beaches are also dynamic systems subject to constant change. Climate change and associated sea level rise add to the volatility of these important places. To better understand the processes affecting the beaches we manage, The Trustees are looking for volunteers interested in collecting beach profile data on Martha’s Vineyard. Beach profiling measures the contour of the beach and how it changes over time. Ultimately these data will illustrate long-term trends in erosion and accretion, shaping beach management decisions and informing beachgoers and other stakeholders about how the beach is changing.    Following brief training in a beach profiling technique known as the Emery Method (a simple measurement system using measurement stakes, rope, and the horizon), volunteers will collect profile data at permanent profile transects near access points to the beach. Transects run from the dune to the waterline, and elevation measurements are taken every three meters using the rope and stakes. Volunteers will conduct monthly surveys during the peak low tides throughout the year. Data collected during surveys will be entered into a Google documents database, and then synthesized by Trustees ecologists.     Reports To: Matt Pelikan, Coastal Ecologist, Islands Responsibilities (may include but are not limited to the following): Work in teams to conduct monthly beach profile surveys Record data on provided data sheets and promptly enter data into a Google documents database  Data collection at appropriate point in tidal cycle, regardelss of weather conditions Coordinate with other profiling team members for survey date and time Contact Trustees’ staff to give feedback, ask questions, learn more, alert to any issues or challenges Be an ambassador to the public, answer questions about beach profiling  Adheres to The Trustees safety and COVID-19 protocols Prompt reporting of service hours on Trustees Volunteer Connect Qualifications:  Interest in ecology, the environment, coastal resiliency, sandy beach habitats Knowledge or interest in citizen science, and ability to follow a set procedure Desire to help The Trustees track beach morphology and make an impact in The Trustees’ Coastal Resiliency efforts Ability to walk short to moderate distances on soft sand and conduct field work for as much as 2 hours at a time.  Ability/willingness to work in all weather conditions  Adequate eyesight to be able to take measurements Ability to record data both on paper and on digital platforms Interest in working on a beach environment and engaging with the public  Time Commitment:  1-2 hours, during a specific time range (peak low tides of the month) once a month throughout the year.  To apply or receive more information: Contact Marc Mahan at mmahan@thetrustees.org    About the Trustees:  Founded by landscape architect Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees has, for more than 125 years, been a catalyst for important ideas, endeavors, and progress in Massachusetts. As a steward of distinctive and dynamic places of both historic and cultural value, The Trustees is the nation’s first preservation and conservation organization, and its landscapes and landmarks continue to inspire discussion, innovation, and action today as they did in the past. We are a nonprofit, supported by members, friends and donors and our 120 sites are destinations for residents, members, and visitors alike, welcoming millions of guests annually. www.thetrustees.org. The Trustees is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal employment opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, military service, application for military service, veteran status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable law. The Trustees makes reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.

Martha's Vineyard, MA

Through 10/1/25

Coastal Monitoring - Norton Point

Opportunity Overview:  Crucial for variety of ecological and social reasons, barrier beaches are also dynamic systems subject to constant change. Climate change and associated sea level rise add to the volatility of these important places. To better understand the processes affecting the beaches we manage, The Trustees are looking for volunteers interested in collecting beach profile data on Martha’s Vineyard. Beach profiling measures the contour of the beach and how it changes over time. Ultimately these data will illustrate long-term trends in erosion and accretion, shaping beach management decisions and informing beachgoers and other stakeholders about how the beach is changing.    Following brief training in a beach profiling technique known as the Emery Method (a simple measurement system using measurement stakes, rope, and the horizon), volunteers will collect profile data at permanent profile transects near access points to the beach. Transects run from the dune to the waterline, and elevation measurements are taken every three meters using the rope and stakes. Volunteers will conduct monthly surveys during the peak low tides throughout the year. Data collected during surveys will be entered into a Google documents database, and then synthesized by Trustees ecologists.     Reports To: Matt Pelikan, Coastal Ecologist, Islands Responsibilities (may include but are not limited to the following):  Work in teams to conduct monthly beach profile surveys Record data on provided data sheets and promptly enter data into a Google documents database  Data collection at appropriate point in tidal cycle, regardelss of weather conditions Coordinate with other profiling team members for survey date and time Contact Trustees’ staff to give feedback, ask questions, learn more, alert to any issues or challenges Be an ambassador to the public, answer questions about beach profiling  Adhere to The Trustees safety and COVID-19 protocols Prompt reporting of service hours on Trustees Volunteer Connect Qualifications:  Interest in ecology, the environment, coastal resiliency, sandy beach habitats Knowledge or interest in citizen science, and ability to follow a set procedure Desire to help The Trustees track beach morphology and make an impact in The Trustees’ Coastal Resiliency efforts Ability to walk short to moderate distances on soft sand and conduct field work for as much as 2 hours at a time.  Ability/willingness to work in all weather conditions  Adequate eyesight to be able to take measurements Ability to record data both on paper and on digital platforms Interest in working on a beach environment and engaging with the public  Time Commitment:  1-2 hours, during a specific time range (peak low tides of the month) once a month throughout the year.  To apply or receive more information: Contact Marc Mahan at mmahan@thetrustees.org  About the Trustees:  Founded by landscape architect Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees has, for more than 125 years, been a catalyst for important ideas, endeavors, and progress in Massachusetts. As a steward of distinctive and dynamic places of both historic and cultural value, The Trustees is the nation’s first preservation and conservation organization, and its landscapes and landmarks continue to inspire discussion, innovation, and action today as they did in the past. We are a nonprofit, supported by members, friends and donors and our 120 sites are destinations for residents, members, and visitors alike, welcoming millions of guests annually. www.thetrustees.org. The Trustees is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal employment opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, military service, application for military service, veteran status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable law. The Trustees makes reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.

Edgartown, MA

Through 10/1/25

Coastal Monitoring - Wasque

Opportunity Overview:  Crucial for variety of ecological and social reasons, barrier beaches are also dynamic systems subject to constant change. Climate change and associated sea level rise add to the volatility of these important places. To better understand the processes affecting the beaches we manage, The Trustees are looking for volunteers interested in collecting beach profile data on Martha’s Vineyard. Beach profiling measures the contour of the beach and how it changes over time. Ultimately these data will illustrate long-term trends in erosion and accretion, shaping beach management decisions and informing beachgoers and other stakeholders about how the beach is changing.    Following brief training in a beach profiling technique known as the Emery Method (a simple measurement system using measurement stakes, rope, and the horizon), volunteers will collect profile data at permanent profile transects near access points to the beach. Transects run from the dune to the waterline, and elevation measurements are taken every three meters using the rope and stakes. Volunteers will conduct monthly surveys during the peak low tides throughout the year. Data collected during surveys will be entered into a Google documents database, and then synthesized by Trustees ecologists.     Reports To: Matt Pelikan, Coastal Ecologist, Islands Responsibilities (may include but are not limited to the following):  Work in teams to conduct monthly beach profile surveys Record data on provided data sheets and promptly enter data into a Google documents database  Data collection at appropriate point in tidal cycle, regardelss of weather conditions Coordinate with other profiling team members for survey date and time Contact Trustees’ staff to give feedback, ask questions, learn more, alert to any issues or challenges Be an ambassador to the public, answer questions about beach profiling  Adhere to The Trustees safety and COVID-19 protocols Prompt reporting of service hours on Trustees Volunteer Connect Qualifications:  Interest in ecology, the environment, coastal resiliency, sandy beach habitats Knowledge or interest in citizen science, and ability to follow a set procedure Desire to help The Trustees track beach morphology and make an impact in The Trustees’ Coastal Resiliency efforts Ability to walk short to moderate distances on soft sand and conduct field work for as much as 2 hours at a time.  Ability/willingness to work in all weather conditions  Adequate eyesight to be able to take measurements Ability to record data both on paper and on digital platforms Interest in working on a beach environment and engaging with the public  Time Commitment:  1-2 hours, during a specific time range (peak low tides of the month) once a month throughout the year.  To apply or receive more information: Contact Marc Mahan at mmahan@thetrustees.org  About the Trustees:  Founded by landscape architect Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees has, for more than 125 years, been a catalyst for important ideas, endeavors, and progress in Massachusetts. As a steward of distinctive and dynamic places of both historic and cultural value, The Trustees is the nation’s first preservation and conservation organization, and its landscapes and landmarks continue to inspire discussion, innovation, and action today as they did in the past. We are a nonprofit, supported by members, friends and donors and our 120 sites are destinations for residents, members, and visitors alike, welcoming millions of guests annually. www.thetrustees.org. The Trustees is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal employment opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, military service, application for military service, veteran status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable law. The Trustees makes reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.

Edgartown, MA

Through 9/1/25

Salt Marsh Mosquito Monitor - Crane

Opporatunity Overview: Join The Trustees Coastal Volunteer Corps and help monitor the marsh at Crane Reservation! You can be on the front lines of The Great Marsh Restoration Project, which aims to fortify 300 acres along Crane Reservation and two other Trustees locations. This citizen science project will monitor salt marsh mosquito larvae to understand the impact of the restoration project on the habitat. Volunteers are needed for monthly monitoring which will be done in two or three person teams. The Trustees, in partnership with the Northeast Mosquito Control District. will conduct a mosquito larvae sampling training and you will be provided with information on how to identify salt marsh mosquito larvae, the process and protocols on how to sample and how to record and report the data. Mosquito sampling will begin after the training and continue monthly through September. Monitoring will continue until the restoration of the salt marsh and beyond as needed to document the impact of Ditch Remediation on mosquito populations. If volunteers have waders, knee boots or footwear they don’t mind getting wet they should bring them. We will supply all the equipment needed. We will supply sunscreen and bug spray as needed. Responsibilities (may include but are not limited to the following): Monthly monitoring of immature mosquito population Attend a monitoring training Use dip cups to collect sample at predetermined locations in the salt marsh Count live mosquito larvae and pupae Record the number per dip on the provided data sheet Record habitat data within a specified area around each dip location Report data to Trustees ecology team Log and report volunteer hours using Trustees volunteer website Qualifications: Prior ecological background not necessary Interest in the environment, ecology, habitat restoration Able to walk on rough, wet, uneven terrain Able to commit to monthly monitoring Able to work independently and with groups Attention to detail is a must Appetite to learn and explore the salt marsh and work with Trustees staff Time Commitment: Must be able to attend a training and be able to conduct monthly monitoring sessions through September 2020 and resume in Spring 2021. More about The Trustees Founded by landscape architect Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees has, for more than 125 years, been a catalyst for important ideas, endeavors, and progress in Massachusetts. As a steward of distinctive and dynamic places of both historic and cultural value, The Trustees is the nation’s first preservation and conservation organization, and its landscapes and landmarks continue to inspire discussion, innovation, and action today as they did in the past. We are a nonprofit, supported by members, friends and donors and our 116 sites are destinations for residents, members, and visitors alike, welcoming millions of guests annually. www.thetrustees.org. The Trustees is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal employment opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, military service, application for military service, veteran status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable law. The Trustees makes reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.

Ipswich, MA

Through 1/1/25

Salt Marsh Mosquito Monitor - Essex

Opportunity Overview: Join The Trustees Coastal Volunteer Corps and help monitor the marsh at Essex Salt Marsh! You can be on the front lines of The Great Marsh Restoration Project, which aims to fortify 300 acres along Essex Salt Marsh and two other Trustees locations. This citizen science project will monitor salt marsh mosquito larvae to understand the impact of the restoration project on the habitat. Volunteers are needed for monthly monitoring which will be done in two or three person teams. The Trustees, in partnership with the Northeast Mosquito Control District, will conduct a mosquito larvae sampling training and you will be provided with information on how to identify salt marsh mosquito larvae, the process and protocols on how to sample and how to record and report the data. Mosquito sampling will begin after the training and continue monthly through September. Monitoring will continue until the restoration of the salt marsh and beyond as needed to document the impact of Ditch Remediation on mosquito populations. If volunteers have waders, knee boots or footwear they don’t mind getting wet they should bring them. We will supply all the equipment needed. We will supply sunscreen and bug spray as needed. Responsibilities (may include but are not limited to the following): Monthly monitoring of immature mosquito population Attend a monitoring training Use dip cups to collect sample at predetermined locations in the salt marsh Count live mosquito larvae and pupae Record the number per dip on the provided data sheet Record habitat data within a specified area around each dip location Report data to Trustees ecology team Log and report volunteer hours using Trustees volunteer website Qualifications: Prior ecological background not necessary Interest in the environment, ecology, habitat restoration Able to walk on rough, wet, uneven terrain Able to commit to monthly monitoring Able to work independently and with groups Attention to detail is a must Appetite to learn and explore the salt marsh and work with Trustees staff Time Commitment: Must be able to attend a training and be able to conduct monthly monitoring sessions through September 2020 and resume in Spring 2021. More about The Trustees Founded by landscape architect Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees has, for more than 125 years, been a catalyst for important ideas, endeavors, and progress in Massachusetts. As a steward of distinctive and dynamic places of both historic and cultural value, The Trustees is the nation’s first preservation and conservation organization, and its landscapes and landmarks continue to inspire discussion, innovation, and action today as they did in the past. We are a nonprofit, supported by members, friends and donors and our 116 sites are destinations for residents, members, and visitors alike, welcoming millions of guests annually. www.thetrustees.org. The Trustees is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal employment opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, military service, application for military service, veteran status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable law. The Trustees makes reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.

Essex, MA

Through 6/1/25

Salt Marsh Mosquito Monitor - Old Town Hill

Opportunity Overview: Join The Trustees Coastal Volunteer Corps and help monitor the marsh at Old Town Hill! You can be on the front lines of The Great Marsh Restoration Project, which aims to fortify 300 acres along Old Town Hill and two other Trustees locations. This citizen science project will monitor salt marsh mosquito larvae to understand the impact of the restoration project on the habitat. Volunteers are needed for monthly monitoring which will be done in two or three person teams. The Trustees, in partnership with the Northeast Mosquito Control District, will conduct a mosquito larvae sampling training and you will be provided with information on how to identify salt marsh mosquito larvae, the process and protocols on how to sample and how to record and report the data. Mosquito sampling will begin after the training and continue monthly through September. Monitoring will continue until the restoration of the salt marsh and beyond as needed to document the impact of Ditch Remediation on mosquito populations. If volunteers have waders, knee boots or footwear they don’t mind getting wet they should bring them. We will supply all the equipment needed. We will supply sunscreen and bug spray as needed. Responsibilities (may include but are not limited to the following): Monthly monitoring of immature mosquito population Attend a monitoring training Use dip cups to collect sample at predetermined locations in the salt marsh Count live mosquito larvae and pupae Record the number per dip on the provided data sheet Record habitat data within a specified area around each dip location Report data to Trustees ecology team Log and report volunteer hours using Trustees volunteer website Qualifications: Prior ecological background not necessary Interest in the environment, ecology, habitat restoration Able to walk on rough, wet, uneven terrain Able to commit to monthly monitoring Able to work independently and with groups Attention to detail is a must Appetite to learn and explore the salt marsh and work with Trustees staff Time Commitment: Must be able to attend a training and be able to conduct monthly monitoring sessions through September 2020 and resume in Spring 2021. If you have any questions please contact volunteer@thetrustees.org More about The Trustees Founded by landscape architect Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees has, for more than 125 years, been a catalyst for important ideas, endeavors, and progress in Massachusetts. As a steward of distinctive and dynamic places of both historic and cultural value, The Trustees is the nation’s first preservation and conservation organization, and its landscapes and landmarks continue to inspire discussion, innovation, and action today as they did in the past. We are a nonprofit, supported by members, friends and donors and our 116 sites are destinations for residents, members, and visitors alike, welcoming millions of guests annually. www.thetrustees.org. The Trustees is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal employment opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, military service, application for military service, veteran status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable law. The Trustees makes reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.

Newbury, MA

Through 1/1/24

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