Volunteering & Internships

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There are many ways for groups and individuals to get involved! Visit our signup form to register for any volunteer opportunity. For the internship application process, click on the Internships tab. You can also join our email list to get announcements of the latest opportunities!

Shoreline Cleanups

Shoreline trash is ugly and dangerous to wildlife, and shoreline cleanups are an easy way for volunteers to make a difference! All volunteers should dress for the weather and wear clothes they don't mind getting dirty. Closed-toed shoes are required at all Save The Bay cleanups. All volunteers must be able to do some light to moderate bending and lifting. Volunteers under 16 must participate with an adult. Volunteers must have their own transportation to the event. All volunteers are encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottle and snacks to the cleanup event. If you would like to schedule a cleanup for a large group, contact the Volunteer Manager: volunteer@savebay.org or 401-272-3540 x130. 

Our cleanup program is hibernating for the winter! Please check back here soon for the spring cleanup schedule. Our cleanup season is from March through November. Thanks!

Community Cleanup Leader Trainings

Frustrated by litter in your community? Want to help your neighbors mobilize to do something about it? Learn to be a Community Cleanup Leader! At our trainings you will learn the nuts and bolts of how to lead a community cleanup. You'll have the opportunity to put those skills into practice by joining Save The Bay's team of volunteer cleanup leaders - or you can be a leader in your own organization! Perfect for scout leaders, students with service projects, environmental or community organizations, corporate volunteer coordinators, or anyone who just wants a cleaner environment! Cleanup leadership is appropriate for volunteers 12+ years old, but any cleanup leaders under 18 must have an adult as a co-leader.

Saturday, March 11 at 10 -11:30 am
100 Save The Bay Drive, Providence, RI

Thursday, July 13, 6-7:30 pm
100 Save The Bay Drive, Providence, RI
(special focus on leading International Coastal Cleanup events)

Saturday, August 5, 10 -11:30 am
100 Save The Bay Drive, Providence, RI
(special focus on leading International Coastal Cleanup events)


Hold a Cleanup Supply Drive

We need lots of bags, gloves and other supplies for our cleanups! If your business or group would like to collect supplies and donate them to the cleanup effort, contact the Volunteer Manager at volunteer@savebay.org or 401-272-3540 x130.

Save The Bay Events

Save The Bay's volunteer events include everything from habitat restoration work days to the Save The Bay Swim. You can register for any event online, or contact the Volunteer Manager at volunteer@savebay.org or 401-272-3540 x130.

Support The Splash!

WHAT: Volunteer as event support for The Splash - Save The Bay's cold water plunge and obstacle course fundraiser! Set up obstacle course, help at bag check, work refreshment table, cheer participants on and hand out medals.
WHEN: Saturday, February 11, 9 am to 12 pm
WHERE: 175 Memorial Blvd, Newport, RI (Meet at Exploration Center & Aquarium at Easton's Beach)
NEEDED: 20 volunteers. Individuals and groups welcome. Must be 16+.

CVS Health Charity Classic

The CVS Health Charity Classic is an annual charitable golf tournament. Since its inception in 1999, the tournament has raised more than $18 million for nonprofit organizations, including Save The Bay! Save The Bay supports this great event by managing parking at the Seekonk Speedway. If you can wave a flag to direct cars, we need you! Volunteers must be 18+ and able to be on their feet for most of a shift. Small groups (up to 10 volunteers) are welcome. BONUS: Volunteers get a t-shirt, hat, and free passes to the tournament! Location: Seekonk Speedway, 1710 Fall River Ave, Seekonk, MA 
Save the date for 2017: Friday, June 16 through Monday, June 19. For more information or to be notified when signup is live, contact the Volunteer Manager at volunteer@savebay.org or 401-272-3540 x130.

Save The Bay Swim

Save The Date! The annual Save The Bay Swim will be on Saturday, July 29, 2017. We will need over 150 volunteers, and teams are welcome! For more information or to be notified when signup is live, contact the Volunteer Manager at volunteer@savebay.org or 401-272-3540 x130.

International Coastal Cleanup

At this global event, volunteers not only clean up the shores, they record what they find. The data is compiled into an annual report on marine debris. The main date will be Saturday, September 16, 2017 with sites all around the state and alternate dates throughout September and October. You can get more information on our ICC web page. Questions, or interested in organizing a cleanup? Contact the Volunteer Manager at volunteer@savebay.org or 401-272-3540 x130.


Join The Save The Bay Team

Save The Bay welcomes volunteers who can donate their time on a regular basis. Check out all the different ways you can join our team! Register your interest online for any opportunity, or contact the Volunteer Manager at volunteer@savebay.org or 401-272-3540 x130.

Grants Reseach Assistant

Save The Bay’s Development team is seeking a Grants Research Assistant. Interested volunteers should have background knowledge in fundraising, have experience conducting online research, and should have a background in Excel and data entry to assist with data to support grant applications. Volunteers should have strong organizational and communication skills and be comfortable working independently. Volunteers should have a working knowledge of Save The Bay and its program areas.The Grants Research Assistant’s responsibilities will include:

  • Using Foundation Center, Google, Guidestar and other sources to identify potential foundations whose mission and funding match the needs of Save The Bay.
  • Maintaining research files by deadline dates and program areas of support.
  • Maintaining research lists of foundations which give to pre-selected organizations to collaborate with Save The Bay’s Major Gifts Officer on possible funding strategies.
  • Entering data from pre- and post- education surveys in Excel to document knowledge growth of program participants so data may be used in organizational grants.

Interested volunteers should be available 1-2 days a week to work in the Save The Bay Providence office – flexible hours/days (M-F). Volunteer will report directly to the Grants & Foundations Manager and will support organizational program initiatives.To apply for this volunteer position, please email a resume to July Lewis at volunteer@savebay.org 

Aquarium Docent

Be a docent at the South Coast Center or the Exploration Center & Aquarium! Our docents greet visitors and teach them about marine life, lead craft activities, and more. On-the-job training is provided!

Requirements: Be friendly, outgoing, and willing to learn. Be reliable and able to help out on a consistent basis. Be able to stand up for most of a shift. Docents must be 18+ for the South County Center and 16+ for the Exploration Center. Background check required.

Exploration Center & Aquarium at Easton's Beach in Newport
Location: 175 Memorial Blvd., Newport, RI (map)
Hours: Shifts of 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 12:45-4 are available 7 days a week during the summer, and on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays and public school vacations from Memorial Day through Labor Day. 

SIGN UP to arrange an orientation.

South Coast Center in Westerly
Location: 8 Broad St., Westerly, RI (map)
Hours: The South Coast Center is open Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Shifts are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m and 12 - 3 p.m. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m is also available. NOTE: Our volunteer team is currently full, but we have a waiting list to be notified when we have an opening. 

SIGN UP to be added to the waiting list!

ESL Translator for Education Programs

Save The Bay's education program provides science, marine and environmental education to students around the Narragansett Bay area. We are seeking volunteers to translate our programming from English to other languages for students who need it. Volunteers will also assist Save The Bay educators with setup, supervision, and general program support.  Help is needed during school hours and afterschool hours.  We are looking for a 3-5 hour/week commitment during the year. Mature high school students are welcome to apply.


  • Experience in education and/or working with children a plus
  • Interest in environmental education and environmental science
  • Fluency or strong proficiency in English and a second language. (Spanish and Portuguese especially needed)
  • Flexible schedule either during school or afterschool hours are available. Specific times and days when we offer programs are changeable. Programs are not offered on weekends.
  • Reliable transportation to Save The Bay's Providence office is required.
  • If you are 18 and over you will need to have a national criminal background check completed 

To sign up, please email Volunteer Manager July Lewis expressing interest. A resume is helpful but not required. 

Storm Drain Marking

Many storm drains flow straight to Narragansett Bay--and many people don't know that! People dump household chemicals and used motor oil into drains without knowing they are polluting the Bay. Be a part of the solution by organizing a Storm Drain Marking project in your community. Save The Bay will provide you with markers that say "Do Not Dump - Drains To Bay", plus adhesive and supplies to complete the project. Excellent for individuals, small groups and community service projects. We are especially seeking volunteers who can work in the Buckeye Brook watershed in Warwick, or in Central Falls. To set up a project, contact volunteer manager July Lewis or use our SIGN UP form. 

Mail Team Volunteers

Want a fun, simple, social volunteer activity? Do you have availability on weekdays? Join our Mail Team and we will contact you the next time we have a big mailing. Stuff, seal and socialize--that's it! SIGN UP to get on the list!


Save The Bay is seeking volunteer photographers to help document our events and program activities. Qualified candidates must have their  own digital, high definition camera. Experience taking action photographs desired. Volunteers will accompany staff and other volunteers to cleanups, buffer/salt marsh plantings, the Annual Swim and other events to document the activities. We provide a list of desired photos. All submitted photos will become the property of Save The Bay to be used in Save The Bay promotional material.

If you are interested in helping out, please send a couple of sample photos to the volunteer manager at volunteer@savebay.org and we’ll arrange dates/events from there.

HTML Volunteer

Save The Bay is seeking a volunteer who is an experienced front-end developer with proficiency in HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, and third-party applications to assist in advancing the usability and functionality of Save The Bay's main website and email communications. Projects may include: code cleanup on existing website and code assistance; optimization (mobile, search, speed, browser, etc...); creation of new pages and templates; creation of various interactive experiences; analysis of website metrics and goals. Flexible hours, and a commitment of at least a month preferred. Please contact the Volunteer Manager at volunteer@savebay.org with a resume and examples of your work.

BayCamp Counselor in Training (CIT)

Work with Explore The Bay staff during a week-long session of summer camp(s). Assist with crafts, games, and other camp activities. This is an excellent opportunitiy to gain more experience in the environmental education and marine field. Must have attended BayCamp in the past. Full Description and How To Apply


About Save The Bay Internships/How To Apply

Save The Bay’s internship program provides college students, recent graduates, graduate students and beginning professionals with practical work experience in the non-profit, environmental sector. Interns contribute to projects, gain insight into the functions of individual departments and learn about the mission of the organization. Save The Bay’s offices are fast paced; we are looking for interns who are able to establish priorities, are organized, can work independently and are committed to environmental stewardship.

Compensation: Save The Bay does not provide stipends for interns unless specifically stated. Many colleges and universities will grant academic credit for internships. Save The Bay will gladly work with your school to see that your credits are approved.

To Apply: Complete the online Internship Application and send a resume, cover letter and contact information for two references to the internship manager at volunteer@savebay.org. Additional materials may be required; please check individual internship descriptions. Applications will be accepted and positions filled on an on-going basis. Once a candidate is selected for the position, he or she will be notified by telephone and email. If you are not selected for an internship, Save The Bay encourages you to volunteer with us and apply again in the future.

Communications Internship

Reports To: Communications Director

Location: Save The Bay Center, Providence, RI

Dates: This internship is offered year-round. 

Summary of Position: Are you a creative-minded individual looking to develop a career in communications, public relations or marketing? Save The Bay is seeking a highly motivated individual to support Save The Bay’s public relations initiatives. This is a flexible internship that can work with students and graduates with a variety of skills: writing, graphic design, social media, marketing, media relations, analytics, HTML, web design, research, interviewing, or any combination of these. This internship will be approximately 14-21 hours per week. Save The Bay is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide education to the community about protecting and restoring the ecological health of the Narragansett Bay region.

What you will gain:

  • Experience researching, interviewing for, and writing press releases
  • A portfolio of marketing pieces designed to support real-world promotional needs
  • An understanding of branding principles applied in a real-world organizational setting
  • A portfolio of news releases, feature stories, and web content
  • Experience managing media lists, contacts, and online community calendars
  • Integrated marketing plans to support special events and public programs

What we require:

  • Integrated marketing plans to support special events and public programs
  • Computer experience (MS Office, Mac platform, InDesign, Photoshop)
  • Strong writing, editing, and communication skills
  • Strong research skills
  • Experience and proficiency in the applicable skills listed on the position overview
  • Attention to detail, positive attitude and ability to work with quick deadlines and changing priorities


In addition to the standard application materials (see "About Save The Bay Internships/How To Apply" on this page), please submit 1-2 work samples that reflect the internship area on which you wish to focus.

Environmental Education Internship

Reports To: Education Program Manager

Location: Save The Bay Center, Providence, RI

Dates: This internship is offered year-round.

Overview of Position: Are you interested in a career in education? At Save The Bay, our interns assist with environmental educational programs for ages kindergarten through high school, as well as behind-the-scenes administrative work. Interns will also have the opportunity to work at our Newport Aquarium, summer camps, or afterschool programs, depending on interest, season, and availability. Bilingual skills are a strong plus for working with ESL students (especially Spanish or Portuguese).

What you will learn:

  • Effective classroom management
  • Marine science and environmental education methods
  • Knowledge of the Narragansett Bay environment
  • How to generate and update various sets of education reports
  • Curriculum research and development in a team atmosphere
  • Updating teacher and school contacts and information; building lists for potential groups like early childhood, library groups, and other community groups

What we require:

  • Strong interest in environmental education, marine science, and working with children
  • Flexibility and ability to work individually as well as in a team
  • Commitment to at least one day a week, between 2:00-6:00pm, for six to ten weeks
  • Reliable transportation
  • Computer experience with knowledge of MS Word, Excel, and Power Point
  • Strong communication and phone skills
  • Analytical and organizational skills
  • Work well in a high-energy, fast paced environment
  • Must be 16+
  • Interns who are 18+ must undergo a background check.

Education and Aquarist Internship

Reports To: Aquarium Manager & Aquarist

Location: Save The Bay Aquarium, Newport, RI

Dates: This internship is offered year-round.

Overview of position: Are you interested in doing hands-on aquarium work while developing your marine biology education skills? At Save The Bay, we provide interns with the opportunity to work in the Exploration Center Aquarium and educate the public about ocean ecology and wildlife while building a foundation for a career in marine biology and education. Education and Aquarist interns assist in all aspects of running the Exploration Center, including: visitor relations, programming, and animal husbandry.

What you will learn:

    • Marine biology of Narragansett Bay
    • Aquarium maintenance, and the care and feeding of the animals
    • Hands-on environmental educational programming for school groups and visitors
    • Promotion and outreach to local beaches, businesses and shopping areas
    • Visitor relations: greeting visitors, taking admissions and selling merchandise

What we require:

  • Work a minimum of 21 hours per week (summer) or 14 hours per week (fall/winter/spring) including one weekend day per week
  • Undergo a criminal background check
  • Enjoy working with children and have a strong interest in environmental education
  • Have a strong interest in maintaining and cleaning aquarium tanks
  • Interested in or have basic knowledge of small marine animal feeding techniques
  • Creative, reliable, and flexible team member
  • Reliable transportation
  • Prompt arrival for shifts in uniform (provided by Save The Bay)

Events Internship

Reports to: Events Manager

Location: Save The Bay Center, Providence, RI

Dates: This internship is offered April through October.

Overview of position: Are you interested in the world of event planning and want to develop career skills? At Save The Bay, we provide interns with hands-on experience in planning, implementing and running a successful fundraising event. The Events intern will assist in obtaining donations, organizing prizes, setting up and cleaning up for events such as Save The Bay Swim, Artists for the Bay, Annual Golf Outing, and the International Coastal Cleanup.

What you will learn:

  • Vendor outreach regarding details and information for the event
  • Contacting businesses for raffles and sponsorship
  • Tracking in-kind gifts
  • How to manage raffle organization and maintenance
  • Event coordination and set up
  • Management of volunteer events such as shoreline cleanups

What we require:

  • Reliable transportation
  • A positive attitude and ability to work in a team environment
  • Strong communication and writing skills; comfortable speaking to groups and making contact with the general public on Save The Bay’s behalf
  • Ability to occasionally work independently with initiative
  • Attend specific events during the internship
  • Strong organizational skills
  • General office skills including proficiency with computers and the internet

Individuals with experience and background in some aspect of the communications field (marketing, public relations, writing/journalism, media, graphic/Web design, etc.) are preferred. 

Habitat Internship

Reports to: Coastal Ecologist

Location: Save The Bay Center, Providence, RI

Dates: This internship is available March through December.

Overview of position: Are you interested in putting your science and ecology education to work doing hands-on ecological restoration? Save The Bay Habitat Interns gain experience in conducting research, field monitoring, database management, and planning associated with the restoration of Narragansett Bay habitats. Interns will gain an understanding of applied ecological restoration techniques, field monitoring protocols, and environmental problem solving techniques. Interns will also gain experience working with volunteers and collaborating with community organizations.

What you will learn

  • Field work associated with salt marsh restoration
  • Specific field activities may include: pore-water salinity and water table depth monitoring at on-going marsh restoration sites, vegetation monitoring, and fish monitoring
  • Rapid assessment protocol to see how rapid sea level rise is affecting Rhode Island salt marshes
  • Volunteer restoration efforts including salt marsh digging and planting projects
  • Database management: data entry and data analysis of marsh and eelgrass restoration monitoring data

What we require

  • College students, recent graduates, graduate students or beginning professionals working towards or having obtained a BA/BS or higher degree in biology, education, marine studies, or related field
  • Enrollment at an accredited college or university as a junior or above during the term of your internship
  • Computer experience (MS Office)
  • Positive attitude and ability to work indoors and outdoors in a team environment
  • Strong communication skills, writing, and field skills preferred

Non-Profit Development Internship

Reports to: Development Team

Location: Save The Bay Center, Providence, RI

Dates: This internship is offered year-round.

Interested in joining a collaborative team actively cultivating support for Save The Bay? The Development Intern will help support the day-to-day functioning of Save The Bay’s Development Team, assisting in duties related to grant and prospect research, membership development, donor engagement, events, and corporate and community outreach.

What you will learn:

  • Grant and prospect research
  • New member outreach
  • Membership renewal process
  • Event logistics and operations
  • How to fulfill acknowledgement mailings
  • Collaboration with a dynamic development team

What we require:

  • Excellent phone and communications skills
  • Initiative and the ability to work independently
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Work well in a high energy, fast paced environment
  • General office skills including proficiency with computers and the internet

South Coast Center Internship

Reports To: South County Coast Keeper

Location: South Coast Center, Westerly, RI

Dates: This internship is offered year-round.

Overview of position: Are you interested in working at an aquarium? Are you comfortable speaking to groups and answering questions? Do you want to learn more about nonprofit management? At Save The Bay, we provide interns the opportunity to serve as an assistant to the South County Coast Keeper and the Westerly Office. The South Coast Center intern will assist with events in the Westerly area, administrative duties, aquarium care, public programming, and welcoming visitors. This internship will provide an inside look at what it’s like to work for a non-profit in a variety of capacities.

What you will learn

  • How to plan and conduct public outreach events
  • Water quality testing on exhibit tanks
  • Aquarium tank maintenance
  • Administrative task assistance such as; writing, research, data entry and filing

What we require:

  • Reliable transportation
  • Must undergo criminal background check
  • Strong communication and writing skills
  • Work independently on occasion
  • A positive attitude and ability to work in a team environment
  • Comfortable speaking to groups and making contact with the general public on Save The Bay’s behalf
  • Proficiency with computers and the internet
  • Must be available at least two days a week. Days available are Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays from 10am to 3pm.

Volunteer Management Internship

Reports To: Volunteer & Internship Manager

Location: Save The Bay Center, Providence, RI

Dates: This internship is offered year-round. 

Summary of Position: Are you interested in managing volunteers and organizing events? Do you have excellent communication and writing skills? At Save The Bay, we provide interns with the opportunity to work with 2,000 volunteers annually in a variety of capacities. An internship in the volunteer program will provide students with the skills to organize events, manage & recognize volunteers, promote volunteer opportunities and internships, oversee outreach projects and manage individual volunteer programs.

What you will learn:

  • How to write volunteer and internship descriptions and post on recruitment websites
  • Event and project management
  • Professional communication skills
  • Real-world administrative and office skills
  • Leadership of projects such as beach cleanups and other volunteer events

What we require:

  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Comfortable speaking to groups and making contact with the general public on Save The Bay’s behalf
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Must have ability to occasionally work independently and have initiative
  • Availability to work on some weekends
  • General office skills including proficiency with MS Office and the internet
Eastons Beach Cleanup

Fy 2016 Volunteer Stats

  • 4,374 Volunteers
  • 32,021 Hours
  • $738,734 In-Kind Value

"Volunteering has given me the opportunity to educate myself and others about Narragansett Bay. I plan on using the knowledge I have gained in my future career as a marine biologist." 

- Olivia Ahern, Newport, RI

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