Cause Areas


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


Entire Oregon coastSeal Rock, OR 97376
CoastWatch field trip
Cynthia Trowbridge leads a CoastWatch tidepool training session


CoastWatchers adopt one-mile segments of Oregon's coast, keeping watch both for immediate impacts, such as oil spills, beached marine mammals, violations of beach regulations, etc., and for long-term natural changes and management concerns. CoastWatchers are asked to commit to monitoring their mile four times per year, once each quarter (although of course monitoring it more frequently is encouraged), and to completing a report on these four visits. CoastWatchers are also asked to serve as the first line of defense for their miles, reporting short-term problems to the resource agency or local government that can take action, and getting involved in decisions that might affect their area of the coast. CoastWatch is also involved in marine debris monitoring and cleanup. Many CoastWatchers get further involved by participating in special citizen science surveys, such as a beached bird survey (in which CoastWatch partners with the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team, based at the University of Washington) or monitoring for invasive species. Special training is offered in these areas. We are now engaging volunteers in a special tsunami debris project as well.


  • Environmental Education
  • Internet Research
  • Database Administration
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Environmental Policy
  • Microsoft Office Suite

Good Match For

Teens People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • 20 hours per year or more

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