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BOP Ambassadors

BOP Ambassadors Program


As an ambassador for the Billion Oyster Project, you will learn more about the inner-workings of each of our programs, while build career skills and work experience in your interested program.

You will have the opportunity to provide outreach at educational and foodie events, support our field team at our reef sites, engage students in our educational programming and help facilitate our citizen science trainings and volunteer days.

Within each area of interest, you will engage and work alongside NYC’s diverse communities, families, students & teachers.


– Must attend the Welcome Meeting (February) & the BOP Informational Session (early March)

– Must complete the required additional training for your area of interest (March)
– Must complete 200 field hours to BOP from mid-March to the end of August
– Applicants must be 18+
– Must pass a criminal background check and DOE fingerprinting process


– Small stipend or applicable school credit, received upon completion of the program’s required hours
– Flexible field opportunities! You choose your schedule
– BOP Ambassador gear
– Opportunity to attend BOP/NY Harbor School/NY Harbor Foundation fundraiser events (based on performance)
– Career skills and experience in education, outreach, public speaking and leadership
– Networking opportunities
– Enjoy an awesome work environment on the NY Harbor waterfront
– Working with an awesome, dedicated & fun team!
– Knowing your work is contributing to the restoration of our local natural resource

Areas of Interest

Outreach Team

Love talking about cool things? Help our outreach team, bring the wonder and excitement of oysters to NYC’s communities!
– Attend outreach events, festivals, educational fairs and oyster foodie socials
– Engage the public on ways they can get involved with BOP
– Educate the public on NY Harbor’s ecosystem, importance of oysters and how they can experience our marine environment!

Qualifications: Must have a great personality and enjoy talking with the public and youth

Reefs Field Team

Enjoy the great outdoors? Work with our “Reefs” team as they install and monitor more oyster reefs and engage communities in the fun!
– Support reef installations and monthly monitoring
– Lead wild oyster surveying
– Provide BOP outreach to community reef neighborhoods
– Support community partners in monitoring programs
– Help facilitate public monitoring events

Qualifications: Must enjoy field work, feel comfortable on boats and getting dirty

Citizen Science & School Educational Field Team

Enjoy working with students? Support BOP teachers applying BOP curriculum in the field.

– Help facilitate Oyster Restoration Station (ORS) Trainings with teachers and citizen scientists
– Support BOP teachers during ORS expeditions

Qualifications: Must enjoy working with students and comfortable with muddy fieldwork

Volunteer Program Field Team

Enjoy working with public groups? Work with our public programs team as they engage volunteers in hands-on oyster restoration work
– Help lead and facilitate BOP volunteer days on Governors Island and Community Reef Sites

Qualifications: Must have a great personality and enjoy field work & working with students and adults

Apply Closed

The 2017 Ambassador cohort application is now closed.

There are many other opportunities to get out and experience NYC’s waterfront and be a part of oyster restoration. Sign up for our newsletter to stay updated on volunteer days starting in March, citizen science trainings, events and more!