VOLUNTEER
Seal Sitters MMSN welcomes dedicated, reliable people of all ages to become volunteers and protect marine mammals along the shoreline of West Seattle and the Duwamish River. All potential volunteers must attend training sessions to learn basic information on seal biology and behavior, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, as well as skills and protocol for interacting with and educating the public. Unlike most marine mammal stranding networks, we encourage children to participate in Seal Sitters - supervised at all times, of course, by a parent or guardian.

Volunteers fill many important roles for the network. Even for those with physical limitations, there are numerous ways to get involved and help protect marine life. We are so proud of our amazing and dedicated volunteers - we hope you will join us!

Read in more detail about our volunteer work - and seal pups and other marine mammals - on Seal Sitters' Blubberblog.
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VOLUNTEER TRAINING
Join Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Stranding Network! Volunteers are not only vital for the protection of seal pups and other marine mammals. We also perform a public service by providing education about marine life and our fragile marine ecosystem to local residents and visitors from around the world.

SUMMER SESSION: AUGUST 12, 2017
NEW VOLUNTEER TRAINING SPRING SESSION: SATURDAY, AUGUST 12, 2017
(RSVP Required - see link below)

Seal Sitters MMSN holds several special trainings a year for those wanting to protect marine mammals along the shoreline of West Seattle and the Duwamish River. Due to time constraints on volunteers during harbor seal pupping season in our area (mid-August, September and October) this will be the final training for the 2017 season. It is advised that you attend this session if you can. Pupping season is now underway in Central and South Puget Sound.

We are a very active network and have volunteers who travel from around the area to participate. However, if you live out of the West Seattle area and would like to find a stranding network closer to where you live,
click here.

Please note:
Every stranding network requires their own unique training -
attending a Seal Sitters MMSN training does not qualify you to volunteer for networks in a differing location.

Unlike most marine mammal stranding networks, we encourage children to participate in Seal Sitters - supervised at all times, of course, by a parent or guardian. We are so proud of our amazing and dedicated volunteers who are on duty rain or shine - we hope you will join us!

A multi-media presentation will illustrate our educational work in the community and the unique challenges of protecting seals and other marine mammals in an urban environment. Included in the training is an overview of NOAA's West Coast Marine Mammal Stranding Network and biology and behavior of seals and other pinnipeds (due to time frame, supplementary sessions will include more marine mammals of Puget Sound).

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WHEN:
SATURDAY, AUGUST 12, 2017
10am-12:30pm (training starts promptly at 10)
doors open at 9:30 - please arrive early for paperwork


WHERE:
ALKI UCC (*there is no church affiliation with Seal Sitters MMSN)
front meeting room
6115 SW Hinds St
West Seattle
(map it here)

RSVP required to attend. (*please include full name and name/ages of children)

*PARENTS PLEASE NOTE: all children in attendance must be able to sit quietly through an approximate 2 hour training session with a short break. Trainings are targeted towards an adult audience, but children can find the content engaging as well.

For additional questions and info or to be placed on a contact list for future training opportunities, please email us.


SEAL SITTER RESPONSIBILITIES AND AGE REQUIREMENTS
• Establish and maintain safe boundaries to protect marine mammals and the general public. Keep dogs away at all times.
• If volunteer, marine mammal or public is in immediate danger, call 911, then Seal Sitters' hotline.
• Acquire knowledge of marine mammals and educate the public.
• Distribute informational handouts.
• Engage with the public in a professional, respectful manner.
• Abide by Seal Sitters, NOAA and Seattle Parks and Recreation guidelines.


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All volunteers must sign liability waivers.
Volunteers under age 18, must be accompanied by parent or guardian on their shift. Seal Sitters encourages children to participate; it is very empowering for a child to learn about our fragile ecosystem and how to protect marine life.

Seal Sitters' goal is to provide a quiet environment to ensure that seal pups or other pinnipeds are safe and able to rest undisturbed on shore. Young children must be able to observe quietly.
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