Love Fish? Become a Fish Data Collector!


Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


500 Discovery ParkwayRedwood City, CA 94063
Volunteers measuring a juvenile brown smooth hound shark!


MSI has been collecting information on the fish found in the San Francisco Bay for well over 40 years. We need fish-data collectors to help us continue our ongoing study of fluctiuations in fish populations. Our 90-foot research vessel (R/V Robert G. Brownlee) departs 2x a day, 5 days a week and is filled with students who have come to learn about the Bay. As Fish Data Volunteers you would identify, count and measure the fish for our ongoing data study. The data is then entered into our extensive data base for continued and further analysis. This is a great opportunity for those who are interested in gaining valuable scientific data-collection experience, academic community service hours or simply to aquire knowledge (as well as handling) on the animals that live under our fantastic San Francisco Bay. If you are interested in this exciting program, you must attend a training orientation. After that, it's very flexible and you choose when you can go out based on the voyages that are already scheduled, enjoy a trip on the Bay, and help contribute to crucial science!


  • Animal Care / Handling

Good Match For

Teens People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • 40 hours (each trip is 4 hours long)

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