Wildlife Interpreters – SEA wildlife interpreters are usually residents of local communities along the coast. They are well informed about the natural history and a wide range of interesting places along the southern coast of Oregon.

With as many as 22,000 visitor contacts annually, our volunteers are in demand. During SEA’s summer season, wildlife interpreters (as volunteers are available) are on duty at Face Rock Wayside or Coquille Point in Bandon on weekends beginning in June and continuing through to the end of July.

Interpreters are also on duty at Simpson Reef near Charleston Saturdays and Sundays from June through Labor Day. SEA annually provides its interpreters with extensive training through a series of seminars held monthly January to May. Beginning in May 2022, you will be able to choose one of the two links below to sign up for either Simpson Reef or for Face Rock.

For Simpson Reef:

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com

For Face Rock:

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com

As an all-volunteer organization, people are critical to the success of the SEA mission to increase public awareness of shoreline habitats, wildlife and environmental issues. The wildlife interpreters are our most visible volunteers.

National Volunteers – SEA also recruits people from outside of Oregon to serve as wildlife interpreter volunteers during the summer. With the support of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, SEA maintains two recreational vehicle (RV) sites. One is located at Bullards Beach State Park and the other at Sunset Bay State Park. National volunteers get a free RV hook-up in exchange for supporting SEA activities. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact our office for additional information.

Organization Volunteers – Finally, volunteers are needed to operate the SEA organization. In addition to the officers and directors of the corporation, numerous other volunteers make things work at SEA. Please contact our office for current opportunities.


Are you interested in volunteering for The Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex? The South Coast refuge office is located at Bandon Marsh NWR and we are always looking for extra help. Here is a list of volunteer opportunities. Please contact Refuge Manager, Alexandra Cook (alexandra_cook@fws.gov, 541-347-1470) if you would like to volunteer or if you have any questions. 

– Volunteer with native plant knowledge to assist in planting and weeding a new pollinator garden
– General gardening assistance, no prior skills needed
– General maintenance of facilities and grounds (experience with minor carpentry, riding mowers and weed whips a plus)
– Trail maintenance for new trail to be established in 2020
– Organize and inventory Refuge shops and barns including removal of large waste to a dumpster
– Administrative tasks using excel, basic internet searches, and file organization (must be willing to go through background check and training)
– Invasive species mechanical removal (Gorse, Scotch Broom, English Ivy and others)
– Mosquito surveys
– Litter pick-up at Bandon Marsh and Coquille Point

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