Volunteer to protect sea otters and seagrass habitats in Alaska.


Sea Otters and Seagrass Habitats in Alaska


Who: Earthwatch

Where: Prince of Wales Island, Alaska, North America

Focus: Discover the role sea otters play in maintaining the health of critical seagrass habitat.


  • Adult Teams – Over 18s, although volunteers aged 15-17 are welcome when accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Teen Teams – All volunteers aged between 15-18.
  • Group bookings on request.

When: Set expedition dates – Adult: May to August. Teen: June to July

Duration: 10 days

Cost: Expedition starts from – Adult: GBP 2200 | Teen: GBP 2475.

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Conduct seagrass habitat and environment surveys and experiments.
  • Conduct fish surveys in order to count, measure and identify fish in the seagrass bed.
  • Take part in surveys to count chitons and rocky intertidal invertebrates and algae.
  • Bait and set crab pots, and identify and measure the crabs captured.
  • Quantify the impacts of sea otters through counting sea otter pits and identifying clam shells predated by sea otters
  • Count and observe sea otter diets at each of the field sites.
  • Process and separate seagrass samples and invertebrates in the lab, and preserve samples for identification.
  • Enter all data recorded into computers.

The Base

Volunteers stay in a house on Prince of Wales Island near the town of Craig. The house has running water (hot/cold), and conventional toilets.

  • Sleeping: Shared, same-sex rooms with bunk beds. Couple rooms can be arranged with enough notice.
  • Food: 3 meals a day. Staff and volunteers cook breakfast and dinner on a rotational basis, while lunch and snacks are brought to the field.


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