Are you someone who loves sharing your love and expertise about whales with your friends?  Do you enjoy keeping up with the latest research about whales in Puget Sound?  If this is you, join the Whale Scout team!

Whale Scout volunteers work in Puget Sound year round and in the summer months on San Juan Island. We help the public watch whales from shore and channel people’s interest in whales into orca recovery efforts such as our Whale Scout “Helpin’ Out” salmon habitat restoration events.DSC_0161For our Puget Sound program, volunteers opportunistically station themselves on local beaches to whale watch when whales happen to be in the area. Please look for our volunteer orientation sessions September or email director@whalescout.org.

For summer whale watching in the San Juan Islands, look for our volunteer orientation sessions in May or June in Friday Harbor.  A volunteer schedule is created to suit your needs.  This program is organized with our partners, SSAMN, the Center for Whale Research, and Orca Network.

What do Whale Scout Volunteers do?

-Help others watch whales from shore

– Encourage the public to engage in stewardship actions including participation in our “Helpin’ Out” salmon habitat restoration events

– Report whale sightings

-Become an active participant in orca recovery efforts


Where do volunteers watch whales?

-Join our Puget Sound team where you watch whales when they near a beach close to you! Or you can also join our San Juan Island team where we have scheduled volunteers at the Westside Preserve during summer months.

Teen Volunteers!

Teens 12+ are welcome to become Whale Scout volunteer naturalists. Special events and educational opportunities are offered for this unique group. Parents are required to accompany their teens while volunteering.

Recommended Qualifications:

– High level of comfort speaking to others about our local whales and the issues they face


– $33 Whale Scout vest (Rental or purchase for Puget Sound program)

– Weather gear

-Binoculars for yourself (Extra pair for others are earned with a year of service)

– Many volunteers find having a smart phone to be helpful

Already a volunteer and need to submit data?  CLICK HERE