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Become a Volunteer!

Our volunteer program provides opportunities for citizens to actively support the Inland Bays and become engaged in protecting the local watershed. Opportunities are available for all interests, abilities, and availability.

Every volunteer must also complete a liability waiver each calendar year before participating. Want to get the paperwork out of the way? Complete your waiver online today!

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Upcoming Opportunities

We’ll be hosting several virtual volunteer trainings for people interested in our volunteer surveys and programs, from horseshoe crabs to terrapins to trees to fish and more. To register click HERE!.Volunteer Training Flyer

Many of our volunteer opportunities “pop up” throughout the year. You can find those opportunities, as they are scheduled, here!

Don’t see anything you’re interested in? Submit a volunteer application and you’ll be added to our mailing list to receive the latest updates as they occur! 

Recurring Opportunities

James Farm Work Days

Get outdoors for some fresh air and exercise with the James Farm Volunteer group!  The group meets at James Farm Ecological Preserve every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon to clean up the area by cutting grass, trimming vegetation, completing small construction projects, and more. This is a year-round opportunity but may be canceled or postponed due to inclement weather. To join in send, submit a volunteer application and select that you’re interested in “James Farm Maintenance”!


James Farm Docent Program


The James Farm Docent Program plays a key role in helping to encourage visitors of the Preserve to immerse themselves in its beautiful habitats. Stationed at information tables, Docents greet visitors, answer questions, and offer resources to the public. To join in, submit a volunteer application and select that you’re interested in “James Farm Docent Program” or sign-up through the program webpage HERE!

Join a Committee!

The committees for the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays include a Citizens Advisory Committee, a Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee, and the Development Committee, all of which work together to help the center focus and achieve its many goals. You’re invited to learn more about these committees, submit a volunteer application, and select that you’re interested in “Committees”!

Citizen Science Surveys

Each April, the Center kicks off our two Citizen Science Projects: the Annual Inshore Fish Survey (April – October) and the Annual Horseshoe Crab Survey and Tagging (May – June). To join in, submit a volunteer application and select that you’re interested in “Citizen Science (Fish and Horseshoe Crab Surveys)”!


Have additional questions? Contact us at (302) 226-8105 ext. 709 | volunteer@inlandbays.org