Become a Volunteer

There are many opportunities for you to get involved with the Reserve. Below are descriptions of the different volunteer positions that are currently available. We are also willing to work with you on an individual basis if you have a certain skill you think would be helpful to the Reserve.

 

Citizen Science

The Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve supports the involvement of citizen scientists in our research. The City of Rockport’s committee for Water Quality Issues is spearheading an exciting new water quality monitoring project in Little Bay, Rockport, Texas. This project is designed to monitor spatial and temporal variations in salinity and turbidity, which are two of the factors known to impact seagrass growth and reproduction. Seagrasses play an integral role in the productivity and health of the bay, and we want to take the steps to protect them. We do not require previous monitoring experience, volunteers will be provided with training so they can collect consistent water quality data using various types of sampling equipment around Little Bay. Our goal is to start the monitoring in March, 2016! Join us in the effort to keep our bays and estuaries healthy, sign up as a volunteer today!

For more information about the project click HERE, or to view our progress click HERE

Special Event Photographer


Please help us capture all of the education, training, research, and stewardship activities taking place at the Reserve. If you have an eye and a passion for photography, join Reserve staff for various outings and events to help us preserve the moments. Volunteer photographers are generally needed at least once or twice per month. Use of your own equipment is a plus, but we can provide a camera if needed. Pictures will be used on the Reserve’s social media sites (Flickr and Facebook) and for other outreach purposes. Come help us capture some picture perfect memories!

 

Animal Rehabilitation Keep (ARK)


Care for injured coastal wildlife. This job is rewarding but tough. If you love coastal critters and don’t mind cleaning cages, doing laundry, and cutting up fish then the ARK is the place for you.

Friends of the ARK (FOTA)

The Animal Rehabilitation Keep is supported by Friends of the ARK. Friends of the ARK, Inc. is a non-profit Texas corporation organized exclusively for the prevention of cruelty to animals. The purpose of FOTA is to raise funds for the rescue of injured, sick and abused wildlife that will be rehabilitated, maintained and released back to their natural wildlife habitat or other licensed facility. They also raise public awareness through educational outreach programs.

Would you like to join Friends of the ARK, and help to support injured and sick marine wildlife? Please visit the FOTA website or email: friends@friendsoftheark.org 

Turtle Patrol


Conduct sea turtle surveys using the ARK's ATV during the nesting season (March 1 - September 15) or assist Tony Amos on San Jose Island with beach surveys. Perform animal rescues (after training) or pick up animals at various locations outside the Mustang Island area.

 

Educational Docents


Become a docent in our Wetlands Education Center in Port Aransas, TX, and lead tours through the salt marsh. You should be comfortable speaking to crowds and have a passion for learning about the details of the Mission-Aransas Estuary. You can also become a greeter at the Bay Education Center in Rockport TX. The Bay Education Center houses an exhibit room along with Science on a Sphere. If you like talking to people and sharing your knowledge of the estuary through technology then sign up today!

 

Invasive Species Control


If you're not afraid of working hard and getting dirty, volunteer to help the stewardship program remove invasive plants from the Reserve. Help us fight the battle against Brazilian peppertrees, Chinaberry trees, Water lettuce, and other invasive and aggressive plants. 

 

Special Event Staff


This could entail trash pickups, festivals, education and outreach events, or adopting a part of the Reserve. These opportunities do not need a weekly commitment and are normally weekend events that could be located anywhere in the Coastal Bend.

Volunteer Forms

Volunteer Application

Biographical Record Form

One Event Volunteer Form

Annual Renewal Form

How to get a UT EID. Click HERE

UT Direct Log In

UT Learn (compliance trianings) Click HERE

 

Volunteer Training Manuals

R/V Katy Volunteer Training Manual

Bay Education Center Volunteer Training Manual

Wetlands Education Center Volunteer Training Manual

 

 


Volunteers pose for a photo after the 2012 Aransas National Wildlife Refuge Clean-Up.


Nicole Pringle leading a tour of the Wetlands Education Center. Photo credit: Stacie Satery.


Working with live sea turtles is one of the many rewarding tasks at the Animal Rehabilitation Keep.
        Volunteers helping to plant native species in the Wetlands Education Center.Photo credit P. Webb.