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Volunteer Opportunities Onshore

The work that ODA is most well known for is “diving on debris,” but there is a great deal that happens behind the scenes to make our ocean clean-up work possible—and all of it is important.

Volunteer Dockside (In Port)

Our vessel is currently berthed in San Pedro, CA. Maintaining a boat is a never-ending series of projects and activities, so if you love to be outside and aren’t afraid of applying a little “elbow (and/or brain) grease” to your tasks, please fill out our Onshore Volunteer Application.

Needs include:

  • Cleaning
  • Provide lunch/snacks for the crew
  • Provide (non-alcoholic) beverages
  • Sanding & chipping of old paint
  • Painting
  • Metal work/fabrication
  • Carpentry
  • Technical work:
    • Diesel engine
    • Electronic equipment
    • Electrical systems
    • Computer

Help Us From Home

Here’s how you can help right from where you are:

  • “Like” us on Facebook, share our postings, and encourage others to do the same
  • Fundraise from home:
    • Throw an ODA party
    • Organize an ODA beach clean-up
  • Fundraise at school:
    • Do a report on ODA
    • Hold a bake sale or car wash
  • Give educational presentations
  • Conduct Outreach at your local festivals/events
  • Sign-up for our e-mail updates
  • Donate items on our Wish List
  • Help with Administrative work:
    • Typing
    • Computer maintenance
    • Online research
  • Join our monthly giving program

Kids! You can help stop ocean pollution. Check out our "Be Straw Free" project.

Volunteer on shore

How to Get Started

Outreach, Office, and Port:
If you are interested in doing any of the work listed above, manning an information table, giving presentations to schools/groups, and/or working on the boat in port – please fill out our Onshore Volunteer Application and send it to volunteer@oceandefenders.org.

PDFVolunteer Onshore Application Form

Fundraisers and School Projects:
To request materials (brochures, videos, presentations) for your school or fundraising project, please contact us at volunteer@oceandefenders.org.

If you would like to join us on the boat (either in port or at sea), please visit our crew page and fill out an application today!

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