Volunteer for the Council

Are you familiar with oil spill planning or response, marine science or engineering, journalism, mass communication or public relations? We need committee volunteers with knowledge in these areas!

The council’s volunteers give their time and expertise to help maintain safe oil transportation in Prince William Sound.
The council’s volunteers give their time and expertise to help maintain safe oil transportation in Prince William Sound.

The Council is actively recruiting volunteers for the following committees:  Port Operations and Vessel Traffic System (POVTS), Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC), Terminal Operations and Environmental Monitoring (TOEM), and the Information and Education (IEC) committees.

About the committees:

Committee volunteers are appointed by the board in an annual application process, completed in consultation with committee chairs and staff.

Volunteers are appointed for staggered two-year terms. Each committee has at least one member from the Council’s Board of Directors. This committee structure is stipulated in the Council’s bylaws and in the Oil Pollution Act of 1990.

Most committees meet every 4-6 weeks. Meetings are often held via teleconference because many members live in remote Alaskan communities. Most volunteers donate anywhere from 5 to 10 hours per month, although this varies by committee. 

Our committees:

Are you ready to volunteer?

For more information on volunteering, contact Outreach Coordinator Betsi Oliver at 907.273.6235.

Meet some of our volunteers:

Steve Lewis: How a grizzly bear hide resulted in safer tanker traffic in Alaska

Steve Lewis: How a grizzly bear hide resulted in safer tanker traffic in Alaska
Volunteer profile Steve Lewis hails from a large family of farmers and ranchers who settled in Colorado and Nebraska in ...
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Davin Holen: Social scientist uses knowledge of subsistence fisheries to help communities adapt to changing environments

Davin Holen: Social scientist uses knowledge of subsistence fisheries to help communities adapt to changing environments
At 17, Davin Holen left his home in the woods outside of Wasilla, Alaska, to travel the world. He lived ...
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Tom Kuckertz: Retired staff member still contributes engineering expertise to council’s mission

Tom Kuckertz: Retired staff member still contributes engineering expertise to council’s mission
The council has benefited from Chicago-born Tom Kuckertz’ broad experience in engineering for 16 years and counting. After his retirement ...
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Kate Morse: Volunteer helps connect new generations with council’s mission

Kate Morse: Volunteer helps connect new generations with council’s mission
Kate Morse was nine years old and living in Pennsylvania when the Exxon Valdez hit Bligh Reef in 1989. Although ...
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Colin Daugherty: An unlikely Alaskan helps protect Prince William Sound

Colin Daugherty: An unlikely Alaskan helps protect Prince William Sound
Colin Daugherty’s accent quickly gives him away as a native Chicagoan. “It’s unlikely that I ended up here in Alaska, ...
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Jeremy Talbott: A life on the water inspires stewardship of the sea

Jeremy Talbott: A life on the water inspires stewardship of the sea
Volunteer Spotlight: Jeremy Talbott, member of the council’s Port Operations and Vessel Traffic System Committee, is enthusiastic about his new ...
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