Our members volunteer for a wide variety of community service projects. To report volunteer hours, click here to reach the Clemson Online Reporting Site.
Below is a partial list of opportunities listed alphabetically–be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom! Also, don’t hesitate to email us with more suggestions.
AUDUBON CENTER at FRANCIS BEIDLER FOREST
Info: Audubon’s Francis Beidler Forest is the world’s largest virgin cypress-tupelo swamp forest. It is a bird and wildlife sanctuary that offers a beauty unsurpassed in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Volunteers are needed across a variety of different levels of commitment and types activities. See the below examples and visit the volunteer website for more details and current opportunities.
- Prescribed burning (Nov-Mar) – Volunteers are needed to man fire breaks with fire flaps, rakes, and water sprayers to ensure fire does not cross breaks.
- Christmas Bird Count (Dec) – A great volunteer opportunity! You do not need to be an expert birder, but willing to put in some effort. A good set of eyes or ears are a big asset to detect birds. This is an all-day event with some walking.
- Volunteers are also needed for various other jobs including: driveway maintenance, boundary line painting, equipment maintenance, habitat maintenance (planting, pruning, invasive species control) and boardwalk repair.
Website: visit https://sc.audubon/act/volunteer
BOTANY BAY PLANTATION
Info: Volunteer opportunities exist for gate work, beach patrol, gardening & clean-up. Work is in 4 hour shifts, Wed-Mon (closed Tue). SC DNR has managed the program, provided training, and thanked those involved by having wildflower walks, bringing in DNR experts to teach us about things like butterflies and birds, and making everyone feel a personal connection to this wonderful property.
Contact: Bess Kellett DNR (843)442-8140 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Info: Any concerned resident can be a steward of a watershed, and there are many roles to play. Residents interested in wildlife habitat may want to help restore shorelines and wetlands. Individuals interested in fishing may want to get involved in reporting sediment erosion or teaching children about healthy waterways and some may find that their talent in public speaking or writing can help engage the larger public in learning about watersheds.
THE CENTER FOR BIRDS OF PREY
Info: There are many different areas in which you can serve, whether you like to work with the public or prefer to work behind the scenes. You will also have the opportunity to participate in continuing education programs about our collection and exhibits. New Volunteer Staff training programs are scheduled on a quarterly basis. Information about upcoming sessions will be posted on the website.
Contact: (843) 971-7474 Email: email@example.com
CHARLESTON NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY and CHARLESTON AUDUBON SOCIETY
Info: This is a SC chapter of the National Audubon Society, a nonprofit environmental organization that actively promotes awareness, appreciation and conservation of the natural environment through educational programs, field trips, conservation projects, sponsored research, volunteer and social activities. The CNHS offers lectures, field trips and volunteer opportunities including Spring and Christmas Bird Counts, prescribed burns, and other land-management tasks. For more information consult the Activities Calendar for upcoming events.
CHARLESTON COUNTY PARK and RECREATION COMMISSION
Info: Charleston County Parks would like to make you aware of volunteer opportunities that exist with them in the area of natural history interpretation and education. Assistance is needed with school programs and public programs such as surf seining, interpretive canoe programs and more. Before signing up to help, you will be prompted to fill out a brief form. If you are selected to assist, the programmer will contact you to provide more details. Please check back often as new opportunities will be posted often!
Info: The invasion of cogongrass into South Carolina is still in the early stages. In order to stop this weed from becoming the complete menace seen in Alabama and Florida, we need your help. Anyone who spends time outdoors can help find this grass and report any sightings. The Cogongrass Task Force has been conducting the volunteer survey every year since 2008. Please consider signing up and helping in the effort to eradicate cogongrass from our state.
INTEGRATED WATERBIRD MANAGEMENT
AND MONITORING PROGRAM
Info: Sustaining healthy populations of waterbirds that migrate long distances is a major challenge for land managers. Managers and scientists are working together in a new project to understand and optimally manage conservation lands along the Atlantic and Mississippi Flyways to support continental populations of waterbirds.
PHYTOPLANKTON MONITORING NETWORK
Info: The Phytoplankton Monitoring Network (PMN) promotes a better understanding of harmful algal blooms by way of volunteer monitoring. PMN volunteers are an asset to the community through the knowledge gained and shared. Volunteers are the primary investigators for the local waters and community public health. The program works well as a community group initiative or can be incorporated into the classroom. Benefits include scientific sampling equipment given to participants to fulfill volunteer responsibilities. In addition to educational and community awareness benefits, volunteers are involved with research and have opportunities to collaborate with and tour NOAA labs and research vessels.
SEANET (SEABIRD ECOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT NETWORK)
Info: SEANET volunteers conduct year-round beached bird surveys in order to identify and record information about bird mortality along the east coast of the United States. Data collected by hundreds of SEANET volunteers are used to examine the spatial pattern of bird carcass deposition and how it varies across time. These surveys provide baseline information about bird mortality and can help to detect mass mortality events due to oil spills, algal toxins, and disease outbreaks. Marine birds can serve as indicators of ecosystem and human health; monitoring the threats they face and their mortality patterns can teach us about the health of the marine environment.
Contact: Jennifer Koches (843)727-4707 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: Visit SEANET’s blog for more info at http://seanetters.wordpress.com/
Tip: If people are interested, they can read over our volunteer protocol at
http://www.tufts.edu/vet/seanet/ and clicking on Toolkit. If it looks to be of interest,
all it takes is an email and we start the ball rolling on picking beaches.
Info: The Southeastern Wildlife and Environmental Education Association (SEWEE) is the Friend’s Group for the National Wildlife Refuges and National Forest of coastal South Carolina. We work with our federal partners to achieve their mission in biological, cultural and education activities. We have supported the Endangered Red Wolf and the Loggerhead Sea Turtle Nesting projects of Cape Romain NWR for over 10 years. We have helped the Ernest F. Hollings ACE Basin NWR create a new public use area on the Combahee unit of the refuge and we have worked with the Waccamaw NWR as they develop places for visitors both in Georgetown and Horry counties.
Contact: Grace Gasper Email info@SCCoastalFriends.org
SOUTH CAROLINA AQUARIUM
Info: The South Carolina Aquarium is a 501(c)-3 non-profit organization. We receive the majority of our funding through the generosity of our donors, members, foundations and business partners. The Aquarium is staffed by roughly 85 full time staff and over 400 volunteers in various areas of service, from education and husbandry to marketing and institutional advancement. Become a part of our mission and vision by checking out our volunteer positions.
SC MARINE TURTLE CONSERVATION PROGRAM
Info: The SCDNR Marine Turtle Conservation Program is responsible for managing and protecting sea turtles in South Carolina. This program implements management techniques to mitigate activities that may impact sea turtles and provides training and support to more than 1,100 volunteers across the coast who protect nests and document sea turtles that wash ashore.
SOUTH CAROLINA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY
Info: The South Carolina Native Plant Society hosts lectures, field trips and plant sales. They also offer newsletters, a website (scnps.org) and a journal. They influence environmental policy, grant grants, gather seeds, kill weeds, and much more. But above all, they EDUCATE about the beauty and incalculable value of our natural heritage – the native flora of South Carolina. They do this with the help of VOLUNTEERS. “We do what we do because we all share a common thread, and that’s our passion for native plants. Do you have this passion? Do you enjoy learning about native plants and meeting new people? If so, make like a passion flower and climb aboard! We have many – and varied – volunteer opportunities to help the Society spread the word. And no, you don’t have to be a botanist or know Latin. A desire to help, a smile and a hello to me or anyone on our Board is all you need to get you started.”
Contact: Jeff Jackson for more info – email@example.com or phone/text at 843-478-5827.
SCORE (SC OYSTER RESTORATION AND ENHANCEMENT
Info: The purpose of the SCORE program is to restore and enhance oyster habitat by planting recycled oyster shells in the intertidal environment to form new, selfsustaining oyster reefs all with the help of volunteers. This community-based abitat restoration project is an important endeavor because oysters play a significant ecologic and economic role in South Carolina; however, oyster populations are declining. It is important for the community to understand how oysters improve water quality, control erosion, and provide habitat for other commercially-important shellfish and fish species by learning about their biology and the human activities that can influence their well-being.