NEST Volunteer Application

In the Outer Banks, volunteers help respond to and monitor sea turtle and marine mammal activity along our coastline.  The Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (N.E.S.T.) and the Outer Banks Marine Mammal Stranding Network (OBX MMSN) are volunteer organizations permitted by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission to respond to activity from Oregon Inlet to the NC/VA state line. The following application is for volunteers interested in volunteering with either or both of these programs.  Upon completion of the application your email will be added to our list-serve from which you will hear about volunteer trainings and opportunities.  We look forward to working with you!  

Please note, due to the nature of our state permit requirements, volunteers must be able to attend training classes for permit-associated activities.  These requirements make it challenging for volunteers who will be in the region for only short periods of time.  Most activities are best suited for volunteers who will be in the area for longer than a month.  If you are not able to volunteer long-term but are looking to keep up with our efforts, sign up for NEST news at
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(Sorry, we have had some volunteers with the same name! This will help to differentiate.)
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We sometimes contact volunteers using a phone tree to help respond to activity. Please indicate the primary number you prefer to have contacted.
We use a phone tree to contact volunteers when we need help. While rare, we occasionally have turtles nesting well into the night or early morning. Please indicate below what time of day you would like to receive calls.
May we share your contact information with other volunteers in a roster?
If you will be having children (up to age 18) volunteer with you, please list their names here.
We ask all volunteers to review and agree to the NEST Participation Agreement at prior to volunteering.
If you are new, list the year you will attend your first training. If unsure, leave blank.
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