Established in 1977, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization. Our mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.
Sea Shepherd uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations.
Interested in joining the most active volunteer marine conservation organization in the world? Whether its Sea, Shore or Land Sea Shepherd has a place for you to Defend, Conserve, and Protect, this great planet that we all share! You can choose between Crewing at Sea, Onshore Volunteer, or Ground Crew.
Volunteer aboard the Martin Sheen, John Paul DeJoria, and Farley Mowat
Sea Shepherd is looking for dedicated individuals to crew aboard our ocean-going ships.
Our obstacles are immense. The motivation to destroy life in our oceans is fueled by material greed. It is easy to recruit crew for money, however, we need to recruit a crew motivated by passion. We need people who are compelled to fight the injustices perpetrated upon whales, dolphins, seals, sea turtles, sea birds, fish, and every living thing in the world’s oceans. We need such people on our ship and in the ranks of our supporters.
All marine wildlife and the ecosystems in which they live are worth fighting for. We need your help in this endeavor.
Read our Frequently Asked Questions about crewing at sea
Job Description: No pay, long hours, hard work, dangerous conditions, extreme weather.
Guaranteed: Adventure, fulfillment, and the hardest work you will ever love. The experience of a lifetime.
Benefits: Pull destructive longlines from the ocean, save ocean wildlife, educate future generations, & make good friends.
We are looking for navigators, sailors, engineers, mechanics, electricians, carpenters, welders, cooks, doctors, medics or nurses, small boat operators, helicopter pilots, scuba divers, photographers, videographers, computer and network specialists, electronics technicians, radio and antenna technicians, and even a few unskilled but dedicated Ocean Defenders.
Sea Shepherd campaigns rarely last less than a month. Preference is given to crew who can give the most time.
Room and Board:
Sea Shepherd provides bunk, bedding, food, and water.
No whiners, malcontents, mattress lovers, or wimps need apply.
Our objective is to protect and save ocean wildlife and to uphold International Conservation Law.
As a result of an injunction imposed upon the organization on December 17, 2012, by the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society no longer participates in the Southern Ocean whale defense campaigns.
The Southern Ocean whale defense campaigns are coordinated by Sea Shepherd Australia Limited, a separate organization, and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society cannot accept donations or volunteers for those campaigns.
You do not need to fill out the Crew Application form to become a general member of Sea Shepherd, only if you wish to be considered for ship crew.
And if you can’t crew aboard one of our ships, please become part of our Onshore Support Crew.