Join our volunteers of all ages to keep our seas clean and full of life


Join our volunteers of all ages to keep our seas clean and full of life


What is the Community Advisory Team?

Seaside Sustainability’s Community Advisory Team members work directly with our Executive Director, Eric Magers and work alongside Board members, our Executive Director, Interns Directors, Management Fellows, other Community Advisory Advisors and a large cadre of interns varying from small to large teams to further develop the organization’s goals. 


If you’re looking to make an impact on a large team working towards the goal of protecting our oceans and communities, we are looking for enthusiastic volunteers like you to join our impressive team. This is an opportunity to use your communication and leadership skills to create meaningful environmental change. These positions are unpaid volunteer roles and can be fulfilled virtually from all over the world! We ask that our Advisors are required to stay for a minimum of one year. 


Seaside Sustainability is a nationally recognized organization dedicated to community engagement, public education, and environmental conservation. We help by promoting public awareness about the importance of environmental health, providing resources to develop problem-solving skills, and chances to get engaged as part of a community to take action. We organize our works and initiatives around these areas: plastic mitigation, marine citizen science, sustainability education, and solar energy in the community. We are looking for dedicated individuals to join our hands-on internship program. The voices of all people matter in the fight for environmental equality and that is why we come to you with the hope that you will join us in this endeavor. Specific roles and responsibilities of Community Advisory Team Members vary by team. 


Common Advisor duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Being the implementation lead for new management and organizational processes and procedures across the program

  • Delegating tasks to appropriate team members

  • Working closely with the Human Resources team to manage and oversee recruitment for future internship sessions   

  • Collecting and analyzing feedback from interns throughout the program to gauge satisfaction and success

Skills Needed:

  • Good communication with people of all walks of life

  • Leadership skills

  • Experience coordinating groups of people

  • A strong desire to facilitate a positive, hands-on internship experience

Please use the following link to apply:



John Russo, Marketing Coordinator; Development Coordinator

When I retired in 2018 I knew I wanted to devote some of my energy to helping a small local non-profit. One that could use my experience to further their mission. In 2019, I visited the Seaside Booth at a Gloucester street fair, where I learned about Seaside's mission and projects from a brilliant young intern. I also met Eric whose passion for the environment and focus on education coupled with action resonated with me. We discussed the opportunities for volunteering, and the rest, as they say, is history. From that chance encounter until now, I've had some of the most rewarding experiences of my professional life. Working with Eric, numerous other volunteers and so many amazing young folks, I've had the opportunity to help on a number of projects that matched my skills and interests with the needs at the time. As Seaside has grown and matured as an organization, its mission has only become more important and its work more urgent. That growth has provided numerous and varied opportunities for volunteers and interns who bring a wealth of experience and a shared passion for making a difference. I could not be more proud of what we've accomplished together, and to say that I volunteer with Seaside.

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Ashley Desrosiers, Communications Coordinator

My husband and I moved to Rockport in 2014 and I wanted to get more involved in the Cape Ann community. I chose to start volunteering with Seaside Sustainability because of its energetic, passionate team. I also love that Seaside Sustainability enables its volunteers to take real leadership within the organization - we have so much opportunity for growth in the coming years. One of my favorite parts of volunteering is working with our amazing team of interns. I am blown away by the caliber and talents of the interns who join us from around the globe each year. Seaside Sustainability wouldn’t be what it is without them - our internship program is best-in-class.

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Lynn Jackson, Grants Coordinator

I have always been passionate about environmental conservation and preservation of biodiversity.  When I semi-retired in 2018, I decided to search for a non-profit focused on the environment and educating people to live sustainably on our planet.  I went to a talk that Eric Magers gave on Seaside Sustainability’s mission and projects and I was so excited that I immediately offered to volunteer.  I have primarily been working with interns on the grants team to research, write and submit grant proposals in an effort to bring in funding needed to support all of Seaside’s worthwhile projects and new initiatives.  Working with Eric, absolutely outstanding young interns (who I am sure will change the world) and other dedicated volunteers has truly been a rewarding experience for me.