Buzzards Bay Coalition


Buzzards Bay Coalition

Contact: Lynn Coish

Address: 114 Front Street, New Bedford, MA 02740

Phone: 508-999-6363 x 200  Fax: 508-984-7913



Facebook: Save Buzzards Bay

Twitter: @SaveBuzzardsBay


We are a volunteer host site!



The Buzzards Bay Coalition is a membership-supported nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration, protection, and sustainable use and enjoyment of our irreplaceable Bay and its watershed. The Coalition works to improve the health of the Bay ecosystem for all through education, conservation, research and advocacy.

Our Vision:
A Bay shoreline defined by safe swimming beaches, open shellfish beds, and stretches of scenic open spaces for all to enjoy.
Healthy waters that support abundant fish, shellfish, and wildlife populations.
A Bay safe from the threats of oil spills, industrial and sewer discharges, and ocean dumping.
A watershed where rivers, streams, inland forests, and wetlands that buffer the Bay are protected.

Volunteer Opportunities

Outdoor Activities: Trail grooming, invasive species removal, litter cleanup and/or gardening, beach cleanup.

New Bedford Office Support: Various tasks around the New Bedford office (i.e. filing, gardening, misc. tasks) *

Woods Hole Office Support: Gardening and light landscaping/maintenance around the exterior *

Baywatcher: Help monitor the harbors, coves and rivers of Buzzards Bay by collecting water quality data in a waterway near you.
Water quality monitoring (May-Sept.)
River herring monitoring (March-June)
Stream flow monitoring (year-round)
ALL Baywatchers monitoring volunteer opportunities

Educational Docent: Greet and talk to visitors (tourists and school groups) at our Richard C. Wheeler Bay Learning Center in downtown New Bedford or our Buzzards Bay Discovery Center in Woods Hole.
New Bedford or Woods Hole (seasonal)

Mailings: Engage in lively conversation with staff and volunteers while folding, stuffing and sealing envelopes for
important Buzzards Bay Coalition mailings (events, membership, donations, etc.).

Buzzards Bay Swim (July): Volunteer at the Start Line in New Bedford or the Finish Line in Fairhaven.

Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride (October): Volunteer at the Start Line (Westport), Finish Line (Woods Hole),
lunch stop (Rochester), or along the 75-mile route (water stops, counting/directing riders, repairing bikes).

Outreach Events: Share information about Coalition programs at a festival or other venue, or distribute
promotional materials in your area.

R/V Buzzards Baykeeper® (May-September): Weekly trips on the Coalition’s monitoring vessel to provide pumpouts to boaters in Cuttyhunk Harbor. (Must be at least 18 or accompanied by a parent or guardian.)

Field Education: Assist with school, camp, or after-school programs for youth at field locations throughout the Buzzards Bay watershed.
Field education assistant (spring, summer, fall)
River Exploration Camp assistant (summer)
Bay Adventure Specialist: Lead a “Bay Adventure” (an outdoor exploration program) for adults and families in your community at least two times per year.

A volunteer application is available for download on the website. There is also a separate volunteer application for groups. The application's purpose is give the prospective volunteer the opportunity to select areas of interest and indicated availability.


“‘I had a great time riding and want to pass on my thanks to all the volunteers for the phenomenal job they did. Their enthusiasm was infectious and went a long way to getting me across the finish line in Woods Hole.” - Matt Bedford, Cyclist

“The help of hundreds of volunteers each year is absolutely critical to our success. The challenges facing Buzzards Bay and its watershed lands are huge and volunteers help us spread our small staff and budget to make a greater impact across the region.”
- Mark Rasmussen President

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