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Every year, AWF invites students from around the world to participate in our research and monitoring programs.  We provide mentorship, field support and housing, and in return we benefit from their enthusiasm and dedication.  

Let us know if you'd like to be considered for our summer volunteer program.


Today's students are tomorrow's leaders and environmental stewards.  It is part of AWF's mission to help them reach their full potential.


Living and studying in a pristine wilderness environment can be life changing, and there are few places where this is more true than Southeast Alaska.


Every year, AWF members present to thousands of people in an effort to raise awareness about the conservation concerns facing marine mammals and ocean ecosystems.  This program is an essential tool that helps ensure individuals make sound conservation-minded decisions in their everyday lives.  Recently, AWF became the National Geographic Society's regional conservation partner in Alaska, which has allowed the organization to greatly expand its outreach efforts.   


Whether it's aimed at school kids, tourists, fishermen or research colleagues, AWF's outreach program is an important way to communicate the organization's message of conservation to a broad audience. 


Student Testimonials


“My summer working with the AWF is definitely one of my most treasured experiences, full of amazing scenery, wildlife and people”.

- Lindsey, College of the Atlantic


"Never could I have guessed the academic and aesthetic wonders that were awaiting me at AWF’s field station. The opportunity to bring my studies and dreams to life is one I will never forget”.

- Emma, University of Alaska Southeast


"As a volunteer with AWF, I had the opportunity to observe  amazing wildlife among the beautiful scenery of Southeast Alaska. It was an invaluable learning experience". 

- Colleen, Oregon State University


"It’s hard to believe a place like AWF’s field station exists. I learned so much over the two months there and getting to spend so much time out on the water was amazing".

- Blake, University of Otago


"What a chance to work with AWF!   I loved the way they work with and teach volunteers.  Alaska was an awesome, beautiful, wild place to work and spending time on the water with the animals was the best".

- Rocio, St. Andrews University


"Volunteering for AWF was a fantastic experience. The opportunity to work so closely with such magnificent animals is incredible, but it was accentuated by working with a professional organization that focuses so much on supporting students of marine science". 

- Dana, Bowdoin College

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