Become a Shepherd of the Sea

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Sea Shepherd is looking for dedicated individuals to crew aboard our ocean-going ships.

Our obstacles are immense. The motivation to destroy life in our oceans is fueled by material greed. It is easy to recruit crew for money, however, we need to recruit a crew motivated by a passionate compassion. We need people who burn inside with a rage against the injustices perpetrated upon whales, dolphins, seals, sea turtles, sea birds, fish, and every living thing in the world's oceans. We need such people on our ship and in the ranks of our supporters.

All marine wildlife and the ecosystems in which they live are worth fighting for. We need your help in this endeavor.

Help Wanted -
Volunteers Needed!

Job Description: No pay, Long hours, Hard work, Dangerous conditions, Extreme weather.
Guaranteed: Adventure, fulfillment, and the hardest work you will ever love. The experience of a lifetime.


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Positions Available:

We are looking for navigators, sailors, engineers, mechanics, electricians, carpenters, welders,  cooks, doctors, medics or nurses, small boat operators, helicopter pilots, scuba divers, photographers, videographers, computer specialists, and even a few unskilled dedicated Whale Defenders.

Time Frame:
Sea Shepherd Campaigns rarely last less than a month. Preference is given to crew who can give the most time.

Room and Board:
Sea Shepherd provides bunk, bedding, food, and water.

No whiners, malcontents, mattress lovers, and wimps need apply.

Our objective is protect and save ocean wildlife and to uphold International Conservation Law.

Join Us and Lets Do It.

How Does the Application and Selection Process Work?

  • To be considered for our volunteer ship crew, please download and print our
    crew application form:
    PDF or DOC

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Follow the instructions, fill it out completely, and then mail to:

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
P.O. Box 2616
Friday Harbor, WA 98250

Please note that to be eligible for volunteer ship crew consideration, you must be or become a Sea Shepherd member (past members should update if necessary). To become a member, you can mail a membership payment (check, money order) along with the application, or donate by credit card on this site.

You do not need to fill out the Crew Application Form to become a general member of Sea Shepherd, only to be considered for ship crew.

If you have any questions about crewing on our ships or volunteering on land, please call our international office at USA1-360-370-5650, or email us at

And if you can't crew aboard one of our ships, please become part of our Onshore Support Crew.

Take a Video Tour of Our Ship

Come aboard the Sea Shepherd flagship Farley Mowat. Join tour guide Jonny Vasic (Chief Cook onboard the 2005 Seal Campaign) as he shows you a bit about life onboard with the Sea Shepherds.

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