Volunteer Opportunities on The Outer Banks

Volunteer opportunities on The Other Banks

With so much history and natural beauty to protect in the Outer Banks, island residents and visitors come together each year to donate their time to preserving and making this place the best it possibly can be. Recently the National Park Service celebrated the efforts of volunteers at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Wright Brothers National Memorial, and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site for their donation of 17,791 service hours this past year alone! (obxcommongood.org) To take part in preserving Hatteras Island and our neighbors throughout the Outer Banks, check out these volunteer opportunities up and down the beach for residents and visitors.

Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund

Officially established in 2011, the Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund aims to improve the lives of children on Hatteras Island, particularly through the advancement of educational opportunities.

Throughout the year the HIYEF holds special events to raise funds for the foundation and can always use helping hands to volunteer. Two of the big events are the Shore Break 5k which takes place on Memorial Day morning in Avon, and the Surfin’ Turkey 5k that takes place on Thanksgiving morning in Hatteras Village.

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The National Park Service

Join the National Park Service’s team by registering as a VIP (Volunteer-In-Parks) for a Cape Hatteras National Seashore opportunity. Share your passion for parks and share your knowledge with guests by assisting in activities such as lighthouse climbs, tours, campground hosting, and much more. Individuals, families, and organized groups are welcome, and there are opportunities for everyone ranging from beginners with no experience to seasoned veterans.

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The Chicamacomico Life Saving Station

Built in 1874, the Chicamacomico Life Saving Station is the oldest such station in North Carolina, and home to the state’s first trained shore-based rescue responders. The Life Saving Service now known as the United States Coast Guard credits Chicamacomico for dozens of rescues from 1874 to 1954, including the 1918 wreck of the British tanker Mirlo, which was considered one of the top rescues in maritime service history.

Keeping this historical site alive requires volunteers who generously give their time and effort to preserving the legacy of heroism created by the service men who were once stationed here. There are many ways to get involved including tour providers, greeters, marketing, and gift shop attendants. All the volunteer opportunities available at the life-saving station serve one goal: sharing the rich history of the station with the public.

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Network for Endangered Sea Turtles 

Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (N.E.S.T.) is an all-volunteer nonprofit that rescues and protects sea turtles and other marine wildlife on the Outer Banks with programs like nest-sitting to help turtle hatchlings make it to the sea safely and the rescue and rehabilitation of stranded animals.

Several “Turtle Teams” are responsible for a different N.E.S.T. goal, including the Nesting Response Team, Rehabilitation Team, and the Education Committee. These volunteer positions are more likely suitable for residents or long term visitors as training is mandatory for all N.E.S.T. volunteers.

Learn more about volunteering with N.E.S.T. >