|Reef Check is always looking for volunteers! Whether you are located in Southern California or the South Pacific, or if you are a diver or not, Reef Check teams around the world can use your help.|
"Hi my name is Alina and I am an undergraduate at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA studying Environmental Biology. Interning at Reef Check allowed me to explore various career paths I have been considering all at the same time. I have wanted to pursue a career in the non-profit sector since I was in high school, and Reef Check has given me a firsthand look at what this means. I gained invaluable experience working closely with the director of development, the program director and the executive director of Reef Check. I learned about networking, public relations, marketing, fundraising, community outreach, the logistics of running educational programs, the logistics of running a retail space, and even got to spend a day snorkeling! If you are interested in the environmental field but don't know where to start, Reef Check is the place to go!"
Here are some of the ways in which you can help:
We need team scientists, preferably marine biologists with a Master's degree and reef experience, to help train team members in taxonomy, survey techniques and to lead surveys.
We need experienced dive professionals who can work as team leaders with the team scientist to make sure surveys are carried out safely.
We need teams of experienced recreational divers who are interested to learn more about marine life to participate in simple surveys of reefs. Participate in a training or sign up for an EcoExpedition.
Students & Members of the Public
Many Reef Check Coordinators and teams could use help from volunteers for fundraising, outreach, office work and PR assistance. Contact your local team to find out what opportunities may be available.
If you are interested in or have experience in community projects (fundraising, office operations, project management), we need your help to organize Reef Check in your area. In particular, we have had a lot of help from established NGOs such as Earthwatch, etc. who already have coral reef monitoring programs, but who found that it was easy to include Reef Check methods in their regular work. By joining Reef Check, your group will gain national and international media coverage and will join the largest reef survey in the world.
Dozens of companies small and large have received major advertising success by sponsoring a Reef Check team (travel, equipment and training). Several hotels and dive resorts have successfully used Reef Check dive-ins to promote their business while sponsoring teams. Sponsorship for fundraising events like our annual Reef Rescue event is also needed.
PR, Media, Freelancers
Reef Check needs help to get the word out. We will be happy to assist you in preparing Reef Check stories for TV, radio or print media. Volunteers with PR experience are particularly welcome to assist in fundraising activities.
Reef Check is always looking for some great underwater photos for promotional and training materials. If you would like to donate some of your photographs to Reef Check, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you can help with any of these things or if you would like to help with something not listed here, please contact Headquarters at email@example.com