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Volunteer of the Year


Volunteers play a vital role in promoting responsible stewardship of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. There are many events and programs throughout the year that the sanctuary would not be able to participate in, were it not for the time donated by volunteers.

Display booth for the sanctuary in a convention hall
Flower Garden Banks sanctuary booth at the annual
state science teachers conference (CAST)

Events include professional conferences, community events, and trade shows. Volunteers assist by setting up the exhibits, talking to event participants about the sanctuary program, and introducing kids to the underwater world through crafts and fun activities.

We also receive many requests for programs to students in school settings, after-school programs, or summer camps.

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Volunteers conducting a coral reef activity for
a summer camp group

For those who prefer to work behind-the-scenes, we often need assistance in preparing for programs, workshops and events.

We are, unfortunately, limited in how many volunteers we can bring on board each year due to the costs associated with required background checks. We conduct an official recruitment each year after we have identified how many new volunteers we can accept. If you would like to receive the recruitment announcement and any one-time only volunteer opportunities, you can subscribe to our Volunteer List-serve.

You are also welcome to submit an application at any time to let us know where your talents lie.  If we have the funds, we may be able to put you to work!

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Volunteer Application Materials

For more information about what is currently available, or to receive a volunteer application form, contact Shelley Du Puy at or 409-621-5151, x106.

2013 Volunteer Positions (41kb pdf)


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We often get offers from divers who would like to assist us with research efforts in the sanctuary. While we appreciate the enthusiasm behind these offers, we are unable to accept most of them.

Dive volunteer opportunities at the sanctuary are limited to individuals associated with specific research projects, and NOAA certified divers or divers who are part of a formal AAUS (American Academy of Underwater Sciences) dive program that shares reciprocity with NOAA.

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If you are planning a dive trip to the sanctuary, there are several ways you can still volunteer.

We are always interested in hearing about your trip to the Flower Garden Banks and any observations you may have made. Did you see coral bleaching? Was anything spawning? Were other vessels in the area? Did you notice anything unusual? All of this information is helpful to us in understanding and managing the sanctuary.

Photographs of manta rays, whale sharks, sea turtles and anything spawning are of particular interest. For forms and information about reporting observations, please click on this link or use the Report Observations button at the bottom of any sanctuary web page.

Recreational divers can also contribute to sanctuary databases through the Reef Environmental Education Foundation’s (REEF) fish count program. Volunteer surveys from this program help us to monitor the types of fish that are present in the sanctuary and their abundance.

We appreciate your support!

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