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The Volunteer Program or Volunteer Network of the Estuario de la Bahía de San Juan Program collects, organizes, and coordinates opportunities for effective participation.

The Estuario de la Bahía de San Juan Program has the objective of providing citizens the opportunity to participate in restoration projects of the estuary (monitoring the quality of the water, education, etc.). Participation and support from the public are fundamental in order for the actions taken in the estuarine communities to be effective. It also fosters connections between the neighbors and a collective sense of responsibility with the estuary.

The Volunteer Network is based on the Law of Volunteers of Puerto Rico (Law 261 of September 8, 2004) with the objective of developing and allowing engaged citizens to help solve the environmental challenges of the estuary and its neighbors.

Through open calls and recruiting, we hope to attract more people through our communication networks. As part of this process, we train and educate volunteers so they learn about our program and projects with activities geared toward making them part of these efforts. We provide certification and take volunteer’s recommendations into consideration to widen and strengthen our offerings.

Who Can Volunteer?

If you would like to volunteer, the Estuario de la Bahía de San Juan Program seeks people 18 years and older who want to offer their time to assist with our activities and programs. Minors can participate with the authorization and supervision of a parent or legal guardian.

The Volunteer Network offers several types of opportunities, depending on your interests. The PEBSJ has ongoing, intermittent, and permanent projects, as well as leadership groups that you can join, each with different responsibilities. The work is grouped into these areas: quality of water and soil; habitat; fish and wildlife; aquatic waste; citizen scientists; education; reforestation; green infrastructure; and resilience.

When you volunteer you also learn about the hydrographic basin of the estuary and its needs, and you gain experience working in the community. By volunteering, you gain the satisfaction of serving and contributing to the development and improvement of the estuary society.

For more information, email [email protected].

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