Volunteer Opportunities at the Horn Point Laboratory

Horn Point Laboratory provides a unique volunteer experience for individuals and groups, who like the outdoors, care about the bay, want to increase their knowledge about our Chesapeake environment, like to use their skills to help others, and want to be a member of a congenial and welcoming community. Our volunteer program matches potential volunteers with opportunities on the campus. We are proud to offer a wide variety of volunteer positions that support the unique work of our marine scientists.

For more about these volunteer opportunities, contact:

Linda Starling
Coordinator of Volunteers

Helping out in the sturgeon restoration lab.

Volunteer Coordinator goes to sea!  Check out her blog about volunteering on the RV Sharp in the Chesapeake Bay. rvsharprookie.wordpress.com


  Grounds, Equipment Maintenance & Gardening

Maintenance - Specific needs areas include the area around our Environmental Science Education Center and special trail repairs. Dormitory maintenance, painting, and building repair are examples of specific needs in grounds maintenance. More to come…

Gardeners - Gardeners are needed to maintain and develop existing landscapes around the Environmental Science Education Center on Morris Lane. Once new native plant beds are in need ofloving hands!                                                                

Administrative Assistance

Lab Administrative Assistance - Volunteers may be needed to assist faculty and their research teams with clerical tasks.

Youth Activities

Educational Activities – Volunteers who are interested in offering environment or science related educational programs to the community are encouraged to contact us.


Special Event Volunteers                                                                     

Annual Open House - Planning for and assisting with special events such our Annual Horn Point Laboratory Open House and our Open House Preview Evening.

Trail Clean Up - Horn Point has extensive trails that need regular maintenance. At times during the year, we organize Trail Clean-up Days. This is a great opportunity to bring the entire family to experience and help out the beautiful Horn Point nature trails. Specific Dates TBA.

Annual “Earth Day” Clean Up – Every Earth Day, faculty, staff and students collect roadside debris from outside of the Horn Point Laboratory along Horns Point Road. Join us in this annual initiative to create a cleaner environment in Dorchester County and for Horn Point Laboratory.

Field Work

Field work can be muddy, messy, buggy, and uncomfortable – but FUN!. Fieldwork is where samples are collected which are later tested in the lab. A variety of samples/data are collected including ground water and soil gas sampling, sediment sampling, storm sampling and oyster surveys.

Lab Assistance

Volunteers will assist individual faculty and their research teams with specific tasks in the lab. Some examples of Lab work may include weighing and grinding samples, sectioning sample cores, and if possible simple analysis. Volunteers are asked to be able to commit to weekly, biweekly, or monthly hours. Lab work is only available during weekday business hours. Availability is limited to the number of positions made available by faculty.

Volunteer Benefits

  • Contribute to the Community
  • Explore the Chesapeake Bay and its life
  • Learn about exciting research firsthand from the experts
  • Be a part of Bay restoration
  • Help make a Horn Point a nice place to visit and explore for others
  • Get to know our faculty
  • Make new friends
  • Attend seminars and lectures
  • Receive HPL newsletter

For more information contact:

Linda Starling
Coordinator of Volunteers

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Contact Liz Freedlander at lfreedlander@umces.edu