O’Neill Sea Odyssey depends on community support to help us meet our program goals. Volunteering at OSO is an excellent opportunity to gain experience assisting in the day-to-day operations of a local nonprofit.

Benefits of being an OSO volunteer

  • The opportunity to go sailing with young learners
  • Professional training and development
  • Valuable networking opportunities
  • Gain a deeper understanding of why protecting the ocean is important to our health
  • Invitations to community tabling and social events
  • Discounted OSO merchandise

Volunteer Activities

  • Data entry
  • Translate educational materials into Spanish
  • Produce social media posts and other multimedia
  • Clean, inventory, and organize merchandise and office supplies
  • Organize and showcase student art and manage bulletin boards
  • Serve as a chaperone on OSO trips
  • Assist with event coordination and table at events
  • Enter student and teacher survey data

Volunteer Requirements

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • The ability to communicate effectively in noisy and crowded environments
  • The ability to lift 15-20 lbs and walk on hard/uneven surfaces (please notify us if you need accommodations)
  • Must possess a welcoming, calm, and responsible demeanor
  • Must possess a dedication to further learning about the O’Neill Sea Odyssey Program and ocean conservation
  • Must be willing and able to interact with multicultural and multilingual guests in a respectful and engaging manner

For volunteers working with youth ONLY:  

    • Pass a background check
    • Complete mandated reporter training
    • Proof of COVID vaccine
    • Pass pre-employment drug test
    • Negative TB test
    • CPR/First Aid/AED certificate

Questions about the OSO volunteer program can be directed to:

Abby Newman, Program Manager
(831) 475-1561