The walkway to the beach at Botany Bay Plantation surrounded by marsh

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers aboard an all terain vehicle on the beach at Botany Bay Plantation

Volunteer in the ACE Basin NERR

ACE Basin Volunteers will help enrich visitors experience and understanding of the ACE Basin’s cultural history and ecology by assisting with the education and outreach programs at the multiple locations within the ACE Basin NERR including Botany Bay Wildlife Management Area (WMA), Edisto Environmental Learning Center and McKenzie Field Station. Volunteer activities can include participating in citizen science projects (i.e. Hawk Watch and Monarch Tagging Program), educating and enhancing visitors experience at Botany Bay through the Education Kiosk, assisting with nature tours and other public outreach events, and helping with reoccurring property maintenance days. Volunteer requirements include participating in a yearly volunteer training

To become an official volunteer, contact Brianna Evans at

Volunteer with the Marine Resources Division

Regular volunteer programs range from building oyster reef builds, to helping researchers sample local fish populations, to teaching families how to saltwater fish. All volunteer programs are based on project needs and can be limited due to fieldwork logistics and staff compacity. Most volunteer programs require volunteers to be 16 years or older. Unfortunately, the Marine Resources Division is no longer accepting individual job shadows request. Learn more about other educational opportunities, including free K-12 school programs, homeschool programs, High School Career Explorers Clubs, and a Career Toolkit. If you’re 18 years or older and interested in interning with SCDNR, view our internship programs. Note, internship applications open at different times throughout the year.

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A volunteer collecting data from a cleanup on Morris Island, SC

Join a Turtle Patrol Team

To become an official volunteer, contact your local turtle patrol.

Learn More About Turtle Patrol