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:

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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Jane Eisemann – Kodiak volunteer passionate about working for the council

Jane Eisemann
Jane Eisemann, volunteer on the council’s Information and Education Committee, first came to Alaska in 1976 to visit her brother ...
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Pete Heddell: Exxon Valdez taught many lessons to those who paid attention

Pete Heddell
Volunteer Spotlight: Volunteer Pete Heddell, member of the council’s Port Operations and Vessel Traffic System committee, has seen a lot ...
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Mikkel Foltmar: New volunteer’s expertise benefits terminal projects

Mikkel Foltmar
Mikkel Foltmar, one of the newest additions to the council’s volunteer roster, is almost as new to Alaska as he ...
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John LeClair: Oil spill response lessons from fighting wildfires

LeClair and his family enjoy traveling and spending as much time as possible adventuring outdoors. Photo courtesy of John LeClair.
During his summer vacations from college, council volunteer John LeClair got his start in the field that he would come ...
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