Volunteer Opportunities 

Thanks for your interest in volunteering for CACS. Our volunteers are the heart of our organization. No matter what your interests and abilities are, we need you! Contact Melanie Dufour at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information about being a CACS volunteer.

After 30 hours – a 20% discount on promotional items sold in the office.

After 50 hours – 3 vouchers for free Peterson Bay natural history tours (excluding boat transportation). Two days advance notice required.

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Employment Opportunities

The spring and summer 2017 application period is now closed. Please check back in November 2017 for new employment opportunities.


Want to help share the wonder of the natural world?  Apply for seasonal educator and naturalist positions with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies!

As an Environmental Educator, Naturalist, Intern, or Volunteer with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Jess with kidsStudies, you’ll have the opportunity to share your energy and enthusiasm by leading educational programs for children, school groups, and visitors to Alaska.  

CACS is a non-profit environmental education and stewardship organization whose mission is to foster responsible interaction with our natural surroundings and to generate knowledge of the unique marine and coastal ecosystems of Kachemak Bay through science-based environmental education and stewardship. 

Our seasonal staff and volunteers work at the Wynn Nature Center (a 145-acre boreal forest preserve), the semi-remote Peterson Bay Field Station, the Yurt on the Spit and our Headquarter's Building (Day Camp starting and ending point). 

Positions are available for the Spring Season (March 23-May 26) and Summer Season (May 28 - Labor Day), with opportunities to combine spring and summer positions into 5 months of employment. 

All Successful CACS Staff Will:

  • Be able to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Be eager to work with children and adapt programs to various ages
  • Have a background in marine sciences, oceanography, forest ecology, education, or a related field
  • Be able to maintain a positive, solution-oriented attitude as challenges arrive
  • Be capable of working long-hours in typical and inclement coastal Alaskan weather (cold, windy, rainy, but sometimes hot and sunny, and always downright beautiful)
  • Be customer service oriented, including the ability to continuously convey positivity and politeness toward visitors, guests, and program participants
  • Be open to feedback and willing to be coached
  • Have effective communication and strong interpersonal skills
  • Be able to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends as needed
  • Have current First Aid/CPR certification, (WFA or WFR certification a plus)
  • Be physically fit and able to lift at least 50 lbs

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