Volunteer Opportunities at LPBF

Volunteer Today!

LPBF’s success depends on the dedication and talents of thousands of volunteers. People often volunteer with us because they feel a personal commitment to protecting and restoring our basin so that we can all enjoy it. Motivated by this valuable feeling of ownership, volunteers get involved in a variety of fun and interesting events that we hold throughout the year.

LPBF's staff also welcomes those who wish to volunteer in our office. Office volunteers regularly offer their time and talents throughout the year. Their assistance is invaluable.

Please note that LPBF does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

Become an Event Volunteer

LPBF hosts many events and fundraisers throughout the year. We need volunteers to make these events happen, and you can help! To become an event volunteer, click the button below.

Become a Lighthouse Volunteer Tour Guide: Docent Program

Docents are volunteers who serve as tour guides and educators at the New Canal Lighthouse. LPBF offers a 2-hour docent training program followed by self-practice and shadowing to prepare volunteers interested in assisting at the New Canal Lighthouse. These volunteers lead guided tours through the museum and act as education assistants.

Requirements: Docents must be at least 18 years of age, attend two hours of training, and be able to commit to 3-hour shifts. If you are interested in being trained as a docent, please contact Chris Cook at 504-836-2205 or chris@saveourlake.org.

Join LPBF's Coastal Crew

Since the 2005 hurricane season, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation has increased efforts to teach about the critical coastal issues of our region. To do this the Education Department has created a Coastal Crew of volunteers.  These volunteers are required to attend one training session. Training is held monthly at the New Canal Lighthouse. Check our calendar on the LPBF home page for the next Coastal Crew training date.

Armed with information and educational materials, the crew goes out to community events and festivals to help spread the word on the coastal needs of our region.  Basin residents, 18 years or older, who enjoy meeting people, are willing to “table” at weekend or evening festivals, and are interested in the health of our basin can call Joel at (504) 836-7208 or email joel@saveourlake.org to join.

Assist at an LPBF Coastal Planting

Contact Eden Krolopp at eden@saveourlake.org for dates and locations of upcoming tree plantings. Swamp and marsh plantings are planned every few months. Check the LPBF events calendar for dates and times.

Planting Details:

General Schedule:

8:00-8:30 am - sign in/make lunches/intro talk
8:30-9:00 am - boat to site
9:00 am- 3:00pm - planting (approximately-may end earlier)
3:00-3:30 pm - boat to launch

Other notes:
We encourage volunteers to dress comfortably, in clothes that can get very muddy. Old sneakers or rubber boots work equally well. There is a port-a-potty at the boat launch, but no facilities at the site. We provide everything else - all trees, shovels, lunches, drink, sunscreen, bug spray, gloves, etc



LPBF offers a limited number of unpaid internships each semester to qualified students. Internships with LPBF build positive relationships between colleges and universities and the Foundation while providing a valuable service to the community and contributing to the educational process.

The majority of programs will be short-term, just one or two semesters in length and are available throughout the year. The number of positions varies according to departmental needs. Internships are not available in all departments every semester.

Please note that LPBF does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

To inquire about an internship with our Coastal Sustainability Program, click here.

*The Coastal Sustainability Program does not have any openings for interns at this time.

To inquire about an internship with our Water Quality Program, click here.

To inquire about an internship with our Education Program, click here.

To inquire about an internship with our Membership and Events Department, click here.