You can’t turn on the news these days without hearing about the clean up efforts from the British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Disasters such as these sure to wreak havoc on our ecosystem and give all of us pause for thought about finding alternative fuel sources.
If you have spent any time on the JobMonkey home page, you know that we have tons of information about working in the oil and gas industry, from laying pipelines to working on offshore drilling stations. Today I have some information to offer up about this lucrative and dangerous field that focuses on clean-up efforts. If you live in the Gulf Coast region, or just find yourself wanting to do something to help the people, fish or fowl being impacted by the spill, here’s a list of nine ways you can volunteer for the clean up effort.
1. Own Vessel Cleanup with training from British Petroleum, including use of safety equipment on your boat and a Hazmat course
2. Oil Bird Recovery in Pascagoula, through a one-day training sponsored by Audubon Action Society
3. Volunteering with Sierra Club — sign up online and they will contact you to match you up with a volunteer mobilization effort
4. Bird rescue with Save Our Seabirds in Sarasota, FL — fill out their online form or call 941-388-3010
5. Readiness volunteers with Alabama Coastal Foundation — sign up online or call 251-990-6002
6. Readiness volunteers in Biloxi, Mississippi — sign up online and the volunteer coordinator will contact you
7. Coast line clean up in New Orleans and Gulf of Mexico area — sign up online and the volunteer coordinator will contact you
8. Protect and restore coastal Louisiana with the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana – sign up online
9. Volunteers to assist with a variety of needs — from wildlife recovery to photographing oil movement — with Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program — sign up online
Have you volunteered to help with the clean up efforts in the Gulf? Tell us about your experiences in the comments section! We would love to hear from you.