Shuyak Island Community Marine Debris Cleanup
Volunteer Opportunity on Kodiak, Alaska
Tom Pogson, Island Trails Network, PO Box 301, Kodiak, AK 99615
The summer of 2016 Island Trails Network is coordinating a Community Marine Debris Cleanup of
Shuyak Island State Park in cooperation with the NOAA Marine Debris Program and the State of Alaska.
Shuyak is a scenic state park that has been heavily impacted by marine debris pollution and is the
easternmost large island of the Kodiak Archipelago.
Every two weeks from 12 June until 4 September 2016, 3-6 volunteers are needed to conduct a
marine debris clean up and removal project of the entire shoreline of Shuyak Island. We will access
cleanup sites from mobile base camps using sea kayaks, and marine debris will be stockpiled for removal
later in the summer. Clean up periods include: a) 12-26 June, b) 26 June –10 July, c) 10-24 July, d) 24 July-
7 August, e) 7-21 August, f) 21 August-4 September.
Island Trails Network provides: Travel from Kodiak to Shuyak and back in a commercial floatplane, sea
kayak and essential kayaking gear, dry suit (if needed), safety gear and leadership, food and much of the
camping gear, & remedial sea kayak coaching as needed.
Volunteer qualifications: Volunteers should be physically fit and able to live and work in remote rustic
base camps for two weeks, paddle a sea kayak 2-6 hours every day, and able to work on rocky shorelines.
Desirable skills and experience for volunteers include:
1. Competent living and working in rustic camps in the backcountry, especially in bear habitat in
2. Have completed multi-day sea kayak trips and are competent paddling a sea kayak in wind and
waves (or are able and willing to take some training before coming to Shuyak).
3. First aid and CPR skills with recent if not current certifications.
4. Are willing to paddle and camp, clean up marine debris, & then paddle &
camp some more, then hit repeat.
Note: You don’t have to be an expert sea kayaker, but you do need to be competent. We only have a few sea
kayaks available, and we need to be sure you can fit and use one of our boats. Feel free to email to arrange a
call to discuss the options.
Fees: To defray the costs of the project we are asking volunteers to make a donation of $500 per person. ITN
is a tax-exempt 501c3 organization so your donations are tax deductible.
You provide: 1) a completed application packet for Shuyak, 2) travel to Kodiak, 2) a $500 per person
donation, 3) enthusiasm and energy for wilderness camping, sea kayaking, marine debris clean up.
To Apply: Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you an email with an application packet
for this marvelous volunteer opportunity. After careful review of the applications, we will get back to you
Event Website: http://www.islandtrails.org/shuyak-island.html