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Volunteer Opportunities

Reserve volunteers make an enormous difference in helping the Reserve staff complete their work. Volunteers help to fulfill the Reserve’s mission: to promote informed management and stewardship of North Carolina’s estuarine and coastal habitats through research, education, and example.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the appropriate site manager. You can also see our Event Calendar for ways to help out! 

  • Southern Sites Manager (Masonboro Island, Zeke's Island, Bald Head Woods, Bird Island): Hope Sutton, Phone: 910-962-2998
  • Central Sites Manager (Rachel Carson, Permuda Island): Paula Gillikin, Phone: 252-838-0886
  • Buckridge Site Manager: Woody Webster, Phone: 252-796-3709
  • Northern Sites Manager (Currituck Banks, Kitty Hawk Woods, Buxton Woods): Erik Alnes, Phone: 252-475-7219

Friends of the Reserve

Friends of the Reserve (FOR) is a non-profit organization that works to support the North Carolina Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve. Through fundraisers and donations, FOR is able to provide funds for education, stewardship, and research activities conducted on Reserve sites.

Follow FOR on Facebook @FORNorthCarolina!

Local Advisory Committee

The local advisory committees consist of citizens and representatives from community organizations, government agencies, and non-governmental partner organizations who provide division staff with guidance and feedback regarding program activities and management of the reserve sites. 

Members are appointed by the Secretary of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality for a five year term. The LACs meet on an at least annual basis, with most committees meeting biannually. Meeting minutes are published on the Reserve website. 

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