APCC is a grassroots organization whose critical work depends on the support of its members.

Volunteer with APCC

We are building a team of volunteers to help the organization with its mission. Volunteer positions cover a diversity of activities depending on your interest and talents.

If you like to work outside there is a need for assistance with our Living Landscape Laboratory, or maybe you’d like to be a citizen scientist, or perhaps you’d like to work on office-related projects. If you have some free time to offer and want to contribute to APCC’s work to preserve, protect and restore the Cape’s natural resources, we’d love to hear from you.

If you’d like to help the only Cape-wide environmental advocacy game in town, please fill out a volunteer application. Contact Kristin Andres, Director of Education & Outreach at kandres@apcc.org or call (508) 619-3185 if you have any questions. We’ll be so grateful for your help!

Here are current volunteer positions:

APCC Garden Tenders

Attention all gardeners and wanna-bes! APCC is looking for Garden Tenders - volunteers who like to work outside, who love plants and want to help maintain the gardens and grounds that make up APCC's Living Landscape Laboratory.

The purpose of the Living Landscape Laboratory is to demonstrate how nature-friendly landscape design and land care practices can be used to create beautiful, thriving gardens that can feed body and soul while benefiting the Cape’s environment.

Our garden demonstrate how native species can be integrated into landscapes to support pollinators; how to limit lawns (without missing them); and how to maintain healthy plants without using chemicals. We even collect and manage rain water through rain barrels, porous pavement and rain gardens, and, we have a small edible garden to demonstrate organic techniques.

Last spring, we converted another section of our lawn into plantings of native shrubs and perennials. The fledgling little plants and shrubs will need watering and protection against weeds in the next growing season. If you can offer a couple of hours per week to help make our Living Landscape Laboratory a success, we’d love to hear from you. We’ll train you in plant identification, and though gardening knowledge is a plus, the only requirements are interest and the ability to bend, kneel, and lift full watering cans!

Tasks anticipated include weeding, watering, and helping with composting. Tools will be provided, such as a wheelbarrow, hand tools, shovels, etc.

The time commitment is flexible, but dependability important.

APCC Project Pals

The work of protecting the Cape’s environment is never done! APCC has been at it for 50 years, and we’re busier than ever. During our event-filled anniversary year, we are building a team of volunteers to serve as Project Pals to help us achieve a variety of tasks and opportunities, while we test the proverb that many hands make work light.

We have a project for every ability! Some require physical labor – such as helping us install a rain garden or do landscaping; some require organizational skills, such as helping with events; and some require patience and persistence, such as stuffing envelopes. All are important to help APCC meet its mission.

APCC Photographer

Are you good with your camera? Do you enjoy photographing nature? APCC is interested in volunteers who can provide quality photos and/or short video clips of Cape Cod nature to be used in our education & outreach program, on our website or in social media. We also need a volunteer photographer to document working projects in the field with staff, and to attend and document events. We are seeking more than one volunteer, so time commitment will be flexible.

Photography must be digital and volunteers must have the technical capability of managing and transferring photos.

APCC Data Entry Volunteers

APCC welcomes committed volunteers to assist in data entry at APCC's offices in Dennis. We are looking for volunteer(s) to start immediately, who can provide an hour or two per week during regular office hours – Monday through Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm.

A volunteer interested in assisting with data entry must have basic computer skills and an eye for accuracy. The entry work is transferring information from paper into fields in an existing data base.

Work space is a computer and desk, located on the first floor of the office.

APCC Tinkerer

Are you someone who likes to problem solve, fix things, tinker and create? Do you have experience building things, doing small repairs? APCC is looking for a volunteer to help us properly steward our buildings and help with some creative educational projects.

Herring Monitors

Volunteers are needed to count herring in the Cape's streams, several times a week during the period between April 1 and June 1. Counts are done for 10 minutes. Volunteers must be able to safely traverse rough terrain and to see fish in the stream.

This year there are 15 runs where volunteers are needed to count herring:

  • Stony Brook, Brewster
  • Lover’s Lake and Stillwater Lake, Chatham
  • Bound Brook and Scargo Lake, Dennis
  • Bridge Pond and Herring Pond, Eastham
  • Coonamessett River, Falmouth
  • Herring River, Harwich
  • Mashpee River, Quashnet River and Santuit Pond, Mashpee
  • Pilgrim Lake, Orleans
  • Mill Creek, Sandwich
  • Herring River, Wellfleet

If you’re interested in being a Herring Monitor at any of the above locations, please DIRECTLY contact Dr. Jo Ann Muramoto at (508) 619-3185 or jmuramoto@apcc.org.

To learn more about APCC’s herring and the herring count program and what's involved, CLICK HERE