New York State 

Marine Education Association

Internships and Volunteer Opportunities

Being Updated

If you know of any volunteer or internship opportunities for teachers or students, please send an email to

The groups below also offer internships and volunteer opportunities, please check their individual Web sites for details:

  • American Littoral Society (throughout NY)
    Come clean the beaches of Long Island Sound during the Annual International Beach Clean-up Day in September. They also have a fish tagging program- you can tag fish for their survey! Click above for more information. 

  • Atlantic Marine World (Riverhead, NY) 
    With the many positions available, an internship at Atlantis Marine World is a great way for interested students to gain firsthand educational experience in the dynamic, real-world setting of a busy Aquarium. Click above for more information.

  • Bayside Anglers Group Ltd. (Bayside, NY)
    Every spring Bayside Anglers Group host the "Little Neck Bay Beach Clean-up" a shoreline clean-up of the Bayside, NY waterfront. We encourage everyone from every community to pitch in and help us keep the Long Island Sound as clean as possible. 
    Click or call (917) 439-3022.

  • Coastal research and Education Society of Long Island (CRESLI) (Oakdale, NY) 
    Volunteers are trained to assist with whale watch trips to spot animals and record data. Volunteers also help with seal observation trips, such as seal walks and cruises. Click or call (631) 244-3352.
  • Coastal Steward (Port Jefferson, NY) 
    Volunteers can participate with the Shellfish Restoration Project. You will help to grow of the shellfish seed and place them into protected sanctuaries. Also, participate in the Adopt-A-Beach or Sponsor-A-Beach programs. 
    Click or call (516) 946-6560.

  • Coastal Studies for Girls
    Coastal Studies for Girls is actively seeking students for Fall 2011 or Spring 2012 semester. The program is a residential marine science and leadership semester school just for 10th grade girls, located on the coast of Freeport, Maine. The program offers
    hands-on marine and environmental science and outdoor leadership adventures in the classroom, laboratory, and along the coast. Scholarships may be available.
  • Friends of Flax Pond (Setauket, NY)
    Join Friends of Flax Pond and help collect data on diamondback terrapins or horseshoe crabs! 
    Click or call (631) 941-9404.

  • New York Aquarium (Brooklyn, NY)

    Education Volunteers engage and educate aquarium guests in a variety of ways. Whether they are connecting people to animals and nature at the park's touch pool, exploring conservation stories through interpretation at exhibits, or taking on active roles in conservation by assisting with campaigns- education volunteers are vital to the Wildlife Conservation Society's mission to save wildlife and wild places worldwide.

  • NOAA Educational Student Opportunities (Various locations) 
    The Student Opportunities website is designed to provide information about educational opportunities that are available throughout National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Search for information on scholarships, internships and fellowships.

  • Riverhead Foundation (Riverhead, NY) 
    Volunteers can teach the public about the Foundation’s work and what to do when they see a marine mammal or sea turtle in New York waters, assist with beach patrols to look for cold-stunned turtles, or join the rescue team to help injured marine life. 
    Click or call (631) 369-9840.

  • SUNY Maritime College 
    SUNY Maritime College is looking for fun-loving, motivated interns that will develop, test, implement and evaluate a hands-on marine environmental science curriculum and lesson plans for its two-week Maritime Adventure Camp. Position is from late-May – July 30 and includes a $2,000 stipend for the summer. 
    Email or Call Rob Crafa, Director of Waterfront Programs, for more information at 718-409-7460. 

  • Volunteers for Wildlife (Huntington NY) 
    Volunteers have the opportunity to help care for injured native wildlife in the rehabilitation hospital or help the education department with events and education programs. 
    Click or call (516) 674-09822. 

  • Wildlife Conservation Society (throughout NYC) 
    Volunteer at the Bronx, Central Park, Queens, or Prospect Park Zoos or the NY Aquarium. 
    Click or call (718) 220-5100.

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