The American Cetacean Society, San Francisco Chapter is an all-volunteer organization. There many ways to get involved. Below are some of the areas where we have a current need for volunteers. We encourage you to subscribe to our mailing list to be kept informed of any specific volunteer needs that occur in the future.
Board Member opportunities
The San Francisco Bay chapter of ACS has several open positions on the Board of Directors. Persons in these positions are responsible for the specific duties mentioned in the short description. They are also active members of the Chapter Board of Directors which meets every two to three months and requires a two year commitment.
If you have a passion for cetaceans, love working with people, are not afraid to roll up your sleeves, and are willing to consider a two-year term, please send your resume with a completed Board Member Application and a letter of interest to American Cetacean Society, San Francisco Bay Chapter at firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will be in touch with you. Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us!
Education Coordinator - The San Francisco chapter of American Cetacean Society wants to inspire younger generations to help further our mission of protecting whales, dolphins, and porpoises through public education, research grants, and conservation efforts. Our education coordinator will develop a cetacean-related curriculum, work with schools, both public and private, and take this curriculum "on the road". The education coordinator is also responsible for running our Naturalist Certification course at least annually, preferably twice per year. This responsibility includes updating the curriculum, securing insructors and coordinating with them, making venue arrangements, communicating with class participants, and overseeing the classes to ensure successful course delivery. Additionally, this person will become an active member of the Board to help promote our mission to protect whales, dolphins, porpoises and their habitats through public education, research grants and conservation actions.
Volunteer Coordinator - ACS SF Bay is looking to expand our presence at the many fairs and festivals relating to conservation and the oceans held each month in the bay area, but are currently limited by a lack of manpower. The volunteer coordinator's responsibilities are to build ACS' team of volunteers, evaluate event opportunities with the input of the Board, staff the events we select, and represent ACS at these events. Additionally, this person will become an active member of the Board to help promote our mission to protect whales, dolphins, porpoises and their habitats through public education, research grants and conservation actions.
Presentation Coordinator - The San Francisco chapter of American Cetacean Society hosts a free monthly speaker series at the Bay Model in Sausalito on the last Tuesday of each month. Experts in the field of cetaceans, ocean health and the future of our planet present their work to an enthusiastic crowd of between 50 - 100 people. The presentation coordinator will arrange the roster of monthly speakers, make all necessary venue arrangements, and introduce the speaker to the audience. Additionally, this person will become an active member of the Board and help promote our mission to protect whales, dolphins, porpoises and their habitats through public education, research grants and conservation actions.
ACS Certified Naturalists - There are several types of activities that ACS Certified Naturalists may participate in. These include staffing exhibits at science and conservation festivals, presentations at seminars and other special events, leading interactive classroom lessons (K-12). Let us know which activities you're interested in!
If you're not yet a certified naturalist and would like to become one, you may enroll in our annual naturalist certification course. The next course will likely be offered in early 2019. Subscribe to our mailing list to be notified as soon as the next course is available for enrollment.
Education Associate - Working on education programs provides a wonderful opportunity to enrich the lives of others by teaching them about cetaceans and their habitats, and inspiring them to take an active interest in conservation. We need volunteers to help create and deliver educational programs. This can include working behind the scenes, assisting the Director of Education with program planning, and aiding class teachers with program delivery. Naturalists, professional educators, and people who have a proven knack for teaching are encouraged to apply to work on our education team!
Communications Committee - We are looking for volunteers to join our communications committee to help get the word out about our mission, recent cetacean research, and upcoming events. Below are the communications committee roles that we are currently looking for people to fill.
Publicity Coordinator - Are you a pro at creating engaging Twitter and Instagram posts? We're looking for someone with great communication and social media skills to help publicize upcoming ACS events and campaigns using a variety of websites and social media networks.
Media Specialist - We're looking for someone with videography skills and their own video equipment to partner with our current media specialist to ensure that someone is always available to record our monthly presentations and special events.
Blog Writer - Write one blog post per month covering either top questions that our audience has about cetaceans, recent cetacean news, or important developments in cetacean related research. If you have strong writing skills and enjoy interpreting research papers and other news sources for a broader community through a blog, this could be a perfect opportunity for you.
If you'd like to volunteer in one of the above roles please complete the Volunteer Application and email the completed form with a letter of interest to American Cetacean Society, San Francisco Bay Chapter at email@example.com and someone will be in touch with you. Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us!