Become a Volunteer!



Find the volunteer role that suits your interests AND your timeline. We have opportunities for everyone, regardless of the length of your stay on Bald Head Island. Any and all volunteer help is appreciated.

TEMPORARY VOLUNTEERS  •  (1-2 DAYS)

TURTLE TROT 5K VOLUNTEER

SUMMER & HOLIDAY WEEKENDS

Want to help with a fun and easy 5K event? Turtle Trot 5Ks take place on holiday weekends and every Wednesday during the summer months. If you will be on island for any of our Turtle Trots, you can help out as a course direction attendant, registration helper, or a water table attendant. A volunteer opportunity for all ages. See Turtle Trot dates here.


TURTLE CENTRAL VOLUNTEER

YEAR-ROUND

Help save sea turtles! We are always in need of volunteers at Turtle Central Gift Shop. If you love meeting new people and working around exciting retail merchandise in a dynamic, fun environment, this is the perfect volunteer opportunity for you. All proceeds help our education and conservation programs, including the Sea Turtle Protection Program. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old.

 

CITIZEN SCIENTIST

YEAR-ROUND

Check out our 
Citizen Science page to see how you can get involved in the Conservancy’s conservation projects and contribute to global scientific databases. Great opportunities for all ages.


Contact us at
/volunteer-opportunities/ to become a BHIC volunteer. Please specify when you will be on the island, your volunteer interests, and your phone number. Thank you!

SHORT-TERM VOLUNTEERS  •  (3+ DAYS)

JUNIOR EDUCATOR - AGES 10-16

SUMMER

Love animals? Want to learn how to hold a snake? This is a great opportunity for kids to get involved in volunteering at the Conservancy. Learn about our education animals and share your knowledge with campus visitors.

 

CAMP ASSISTANT

SUMMER

Help Conservancy education interns lead camps for kids of all ages. Assist with arts and crafts projects and cleanup, aid in transportation and supervision of kids in off-campus adventures, and participate in hands-on activities and games. This is a great learning experience for young adults interested in working with or teaching kids. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old.


Contact us at /volunteer-opportunities/ to become a Conservancy volunteer. Please specify when you will be on the island, your volunteer interests, and your phone number. Thank you!

LONG-TERM VOLUNTEERS (2+ MONTHS)


 

CONSERVANCY DOCENT

YEAR-ROUND

Represent the Conservancy both on our campus and around the island as a Conservancy Guide. Volunteers will share information about the island’s trail network, wildlife hotspots, and beaches. General familiarity with the island is preferred. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old.

ON-CAMPUS
Get behind-the-scenes at the Conservancy and show visitors around our campus to its education exhibits, saltwater tanks, and reptile room. Regular volunteer availability is preferred for this position.

OFF-CAMPUS: WILDLIFE OVERLOOK
 
(SUMMER ONLY) Assist Wildlife Overlook visitors with spotting turtles, alligators, and birds at the pond. Use binoculars or a spotting scope to help others view interesting animals up close. 

 

WILDLIFE RESPONSE VOLUNTEER

YEAR-ROUND

Assist Conservancy staff with the capture and transport of injured wildlife reported to our emergency wildlife hotline. Wildlife Response Volunteers will receive training on how to properly handle wildlife and transport to the proper off-island animal rehabilitation facility. BHIC Wildlife Response teams do not handle rabies-vector species. Volunteers must provide their own transportation from the island to the proper rehabilitation facility (typically in Oak Island).

 

SEA TURTLE NEST MONITOR

SUMMER*
 
Our nest monitors are vital to the success of our Sea Turtle Protection Program! As a Nest Monitor, you will watch your nest nightly during hatching season and lead the hatching event by assisting the sea turtle hatchlings to the sea without crowd interference. Three days later, you will assist with the nest excavation event. Nest Monitors must live on island during summer season (June-August).
*Must commit to full summer season
 

INTERN MENTOR

SUMMER
 
Share your career experiences and island knowledge with our summer interns, who are current college students and recent graduates. Volunteers can share their scientific background and advise interns’ research projects, co-host potluck dinners, or give a talk about career opportunities for summer interns.

 

FIELD TRIP ASSISTANT

FALL
 
Help with our ongoing Barrier Island Botanists field trips, which are offered to all 6th graders in Brunswick County as an opportunity to explore Bald Head Island’s dune, salt marsh, and maritime forest ecosystems. Volunteers are needed to help transport students between stations and assist Conservancy staff with station logistics.

 

FISHING SCHOOL VOLUNTEER

FALL
 
Share your fishing expertise as an instructor or fish fry volunteer for the Conservancy Fishing School workshop. Instructors will be paired with Fishing School participants and assist in teaching surf fishing, leading cast-netting, and/or fish fry preparation. Fishing School will run October 5-6, 2018 and is typically held in the early fall each year.

Contact us at /volunteer-opportunities/ to become a Conservancy volunteer. Please specify when you will be on the island, your volunteer interests, and your phone number. Thank you!

HIGH SCHOOL ENVIRONMENTAL NON-PROFIT EXTERNSHIPS


High school students are invited to shadow BHIC interns or staff for one week (M-F; 9AM - 4PM). Each day will be spent in a different department in order for each participant to gain a well-rounded view of how an environmental non-profit operates.

 

INTRODUCTORY EXTERNSHIP 

OFFERED SEPTEMBER - APRIL: FREE
Shadow BHIC interns as they complete a variety of education and conservation tasks. Externship participants will actively participate and assist with programs and Conservancy duties. Specific tasks include:
  • Animal husbandry and maintenance
  • Equipment upkeep
  • Guided naturalist tours
  • Water sample collection
  • Assisting in Turtle Central gift shop
  • Trail maintenance or campus project
  • Distributing marketing material
  • Assisting with Turtle Trot 5K preparation
 

ADVANCED EXTERNSHIP 

MARCH - OCTOBER: $499
 
Advanced Externship participants will build on skills developed in the Introductory Externship by working directly with BHIC full-time staff. This externship is a great way to learn about potential careers in an environmental non-profit setting. Potential tasks include all opportunities included in the Introductory Externship PLUS:
  • Assisting with educational programs and program development
  • Radio telemetry training
  • Sea turtle equipment preparation
  • Assisting Director of Conservation and Sea Turtle Biologist with conservation work
  • Working with Marketing & Communications Manager and Development Team

Contact us at /volunteer-opportunities/ to become a Conservancy volunteer. Please specify when you will be on the island, your volunteer interests, and your phone number. Thank you!