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Become a Shepherd of the SeaEdit

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.

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.

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

Goals: 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 To view the PDF forms you will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. Follow the instructions, fill it out completely, and then mail to: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
P.O. Box 2616
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
USA 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

Sea Shepherd Onshore VolunteeringEdit

{Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS)! Although we are best known for our volunteer crews who sail the high seas on board our conservation vessels to protect marine wildlife, we need assistance in many ways. Our campaigns are only possible because of the day-to-day efforts of our many volunteers. We're always in need of outreach volunteers, fundraisers, donated supplies, information distribution, research work, etc., etc...

Volunteer Onshore with Sea Shepherd!Edit

To apply, please do the following: 1) Fill out the Volunteer Application 2) Sign the Volunteer Waivers (in 2 places) 3) Send docs back to us by e-mail, fax, or mail E-mail: Fax: +1-360-370-5651</p>

Onshore Volunteer Coordinator
Sea Shepherd
PO Box 2616
Friday Harbor, WA 98250 USA</p> |} Here are a few ideas that will really make a difference:


We can provide you with SSCS newsletters (log) and master copies of information sheets which you can copy to your heart's content to use in any of the following ways: Tabling at a Local Event, Expo or Making Your Own Information Table: Help create awareness of the problems facing our world -- including the destruction and exploitation of marine wildlife worldwide. We provide the materials, you set up a decorative display at an already-arranged event or find a location in your town where you can set up an information table. Hand out information and talk to people about Sea Shepherd - focus on getting new members to join!

Hold a Benefit for SSSC at a Local Pub, Restaurant, Community Meeting Place: Use your creative energies to put together a small concert or theme event for the benefit of your favorite charity (SSCS!). If you know musicians or entertainers (comedians, magicians, or other performers) you can easily put together a fun night. You could collect a door charge for SSCS and have an information table inside the event. Cultivate Public Awareness: Participate in protests/demonstrations led and/or organized by Sea Shepherd! Let us know if you are available to meet at a public place or government building to display signs, get petitions signed and get the word out!

Use your creativity to reach out to the public - create billboards and/or signs to educate the public!

Have a Sea Shepherd PartyEdit

Invite everyone you know to join you for a House Party featuring videos of exciting Sea Shepherd footage saving marine life on the high seas! Plan ahead: Get newsletters from the office, information sheets and buy or borrow a videotape to show on your VCR. (If you have a birthday to celebrate, you could ask for donations in lieu of gifts...)

Distribute informationEdit

Copy and distribute Sea Shepherd info to anyone and everyone that may be interested in helping to protect marine wildlife. Please stress to them that a donation of any kind sent to our main address (P.O. Box 2616, Friday Harbor, WA 98250) would be very helpful, and that for donations of US$25.00 or more they will receive our newsletter and be eligible to crew on our ships SSCS accepts credit cards. SSCS also offers a recurring gift donation plan called the Direct Action Crew - donors can make a monthly or quarterly donation via their MasterCard, Visa, or American Express and from the U.S. or Canada they may use their checking account. See the form on the backside of the Donation Form, which is stapled into the middle of each newsletter. We also have some other special donation plans in the works which are featured on this website.


Help distribute our bi-annual newsletter, the Sea Shepherd Log! Each time we print it, we will send you whatever quantity you think you can hand out to potential supporters or place in a prominent public setting(i.e., library, coffee house, book store, scuba or marine shop, etc...).


Keep an eye on our "Wish List" to see what items are needed both on the ship and in the office. Feel free to call the office any time for an updated list. If you are asking someone else to donate an item, be sure to mention that in the United States, Sea Shepherd is what is called a 501(c)(3) non-profit, which means that cash and material donations are tax-deductible. When we receive a material gift, the donor can provide proof of the "fair market value" for which we can issue a receipt.


The Society is seeking responsible volunteers with strong communication, general clerical and organizational skills for office work at our HQ, satellite offices, or even from their own home. Volunteers will participate in a variety of projects and general office activities. Please call the office at 360-370-5650 or email to see how you can help in the offices or from your home.


SSCS is constantly looking for crewmembers to work aboard our vessels that sail international waters to investigate, document and enforce marine conservation-related laws, regulations and treaties, as well as for other creative conservation work. Crewmembers are chosen by skills, dedication and commitment, and also by the time that they have available. Wherever our ships are docked there is a necessity for people to help maintain and clean the vessels. So, if our ship comes into a port near you, we may need your help. To volunteer to crew on our ships, visit our crewing page and download a printable application.


  1. Set up a fund-raiser at your school or in your town (bake sale, lemonade sale, car wash).
  2. Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper or write a report about Sea Shepherd. Conservation Society to help your community, class and teacher learn about an organization of "regular citizens" just like yourself who decided to stop talking about problems and do something active to make a difference!
  3. Start a club at school or with your friends -- continue in your efforts to tell more people about what is happening to our world and start taking care of it now.
    • Plan letter-writing meetings -- Once you learn about some way that marine life is being harmed, learn as many facts as you can, gather all of the addresses of government officials who could help stop the abuse and get everyone to write intelligent, polite and direct letters. In the U.S., write your Senators and Representatives -- to find out whom to write, call 202-224-3121 for Senate Information and 202-225-3121 for House of Representatives information.
    • Plan events similar to the ones mentioned above (fundraising, dances, parties or video-watching).

Thank you for all of your efforts to support Sea Shepherd! We look forward to hearing from you! Eco-Crime Watch: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Reward Program

Reporting Eco-CrimesEdit

Your observations could provide valuable clues to criminal investigators. To report on any of the below listings please e-mail Sea Shepherd at or call +1-360-370-5650 (unless otherwise noted). Please provide as many details as possible including:

  • What you witnessed happening
  • Who you saw (including physical description)
  • Where you witnessed the incident
  • Description of any vehicles/vessels involved
  • Your name and contact information. If you wish to remain anonymous and forego the reward, we would be very grateful for the information and would honor your anonymity.

In order to collect the reward, the information you provide must directly lead to the apprehension and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the crime.

£1000 -- Sea Shepherd Offers Reward for Scottish Seal KillersEdit

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is offering a £1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the killing of five grey seals in the Orkney Islands. Four pregnant females and a juvenile were shot in the head and their bodies left on the beach to rot.

Under the Conservation of Seals Act 1970, seals can be shot with a high-velocity rifle by a fisherman possessing an endorsement on their firearms certificate but only if the seal is about to cause damage to fishing gear.

These five seals were not presenting a threat to fishing gear. They were shot on the beach while hauled-out on the shore.

Ross Flett, director of Orkney Seal Rescue, who examined the dead seals after a member of public alerted police on Saturday, said: "I am quite sure the police have a good idea who is behind it, though to prosecute is extremely difficult."

Sea Shepherd is hoping to add some incentive to going ahead with a prosecution.

"If the police are motivated enough, perhaps they will press forward with an investigation." said Captain Paul Watson, Founder and President of Sea Shepherd. "If so we are prepared to contribute the 5,000 British pounds to a police charity of their choice if they can secure a conviction."

"We will also pay out the reward to any member of the public who comes forward with evidence that will contribute to a conviction in this case," added Captain Watson.

The bodies were found on a rocky beach at the Point of Vastray, a headland on the northeast coastline of the Orkney mainland, at a time of year when females come inshore to give birth to their pups.

AUD'$1000 -- Reward Offered for Information on Australian Shark KillersEdit

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is offering an AUD$1000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for killing, finning, and dumping four large tiger sharks in a park north of Cairns in North Queensland, Australia.

The sharks, ranging in size from three to four meters, have had their fins, jaws, and tails removed and are badly decomposed. The bodies were discovered by a local clergyman who was alerted to the location by the stench of the rotting corpses.

Sharks of this size would have been caught from a fairly large boat and there is a strong possibility that the crime was witnessed.

Boating and Fisheries Patrol District Officer Bob Koch has requested that anyone with information on the dumping or the sale of fins and jaws should report to the Fisheries Hotline.

Fishwatch hotline

To report unlawful fishing in Queensland, please call the 24 hour Fishwatch hotline on 1800 017 116(toll free within Queensland)

For general fisheries enquiries, contact the DPI&F Call Centre on 13 25 23 (for the cost of a local call from anywhere in Queensland).

€1,000 (Euros) -- For the first successful conviction of a fisherman using a dog or cat as shark bait and €200 for each conviction thereafterEdit

Dogs and cats are also involved in an assault on nature, this time as victims and as bait. On the French island of La Reunion in the Indian Ocean, fishermen have been using live dogs and cats as bait for sharks.

This practice is specifically outlawed by French law but the law, as in many places throughout the world, is ignored by fishing communities who apparently believe they are above the law.

The dogs and cats have hooks passed through their snouts or through the tendons in their legs and the hooks are attached to lines and rods. The hapless animals are then tossed into the water where their struggles attract sharks.

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has sent a message to the police in La Reunion offering a reward of €1,000 (Euros) for the first successful conviction of a fisherman using a dog or cat as bait and €200 for each conviction thereafter.

The following letter was sent to the Chief of Police on La Reunion Island: To: The Police
La Reunion Island

The international Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is offering a reward of 200 Euros to any police officer who successfully enforces the law prohibiting the use of dogs and cats as bait for the catching of sharks.

The Society is offering a reward of 1,000 Euros for the first conviction and 200 Euros for each conviction thereafter.

The reward will be paid upon the successful conviction of any person found guilty of using dogs or cats as bait in shark fishing as defined by the laws of France that specifically outlaw this practice.

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society wishes to advise all police captains that they may submit the names of officers who have arrested suspects for using dogs or cats as shark bait and that the reward will be paid directly to the officer or officers upon a successful conviction. La Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Internationale offrira une récompense de 200 Euros à tout officier de police qui renforcera de manière efficace la loi interdisant l' utilisation de chiens en tant qu' appât pour attrapper les requins.

La Sea Shepherd Conservation Society offrira une récompense de 1000 Euros pour la première inculpation et 200 Euros pour chaque suivante.

La récompense sera versée au terme de chaque inculpation réussie de toute personne reconnue coupable d'utilisation de chiens en tant qu'appât pour pêcher des requins. Comme il est clairement specifié par les lois de la France, cette pratique est absolument interdite.

La Sea Shepherd Conservation Society tient à informer tous les capitaines de police qu'il pourra s'avérer necessaire de fournir les noms des officiers
ayant arrêté les suspects responsables de l'utilisation de chiens en tant qu'appât à requins. La récompense sera versée directement à ou aux officiers responsables de l'inculpation réussie des dits suspects.


Captain Paul Watson
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$25,000 -- Sea Shepherd Posts Reward in St. Lucia Jane Tipson Murder CaseEdit

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has posted a reward of $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who murdered Jane Tipson in St. Lucia in 2003.

Captain Paul Watson has notified the St. Lucia police of the reward.

The crime scene was contaminated by police officers and little forensic evidence was found. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is hopeful that the reward, (a substantial sum in St. Lucia), will bring forth someone with information or evidence relating to the murder.

Jane Tipson, a dedicated conservationist and animal rights activist, was murdered as she drove onto her property in St. Lucia, around 1:30 a.m., on Wednesday, September 17, 2003. She was shot in the head at close range.

The murder was clearly a contract killing. There is some question as to who was involved and why they would want Jane killed. An article about Jane's murder appeared in the London Times Sunday edition on page three, and there they eluded to the probability that the contract killing was carried out because of her work against the Dolphin Fantaseas plans to create a dolphin encounter tourist attraction in St. Lucia and other islands in the Caribbean region. This group has a very shady past, and currently has dolphin encounter operations in Anguilla and Antigua.

Jane moved to St. Lucia from her native Devonshire, England, some 30 years ago. She was co-founder of the Eastern Caribbean Coalition for Environmental Awareness, and was responsible for the ECCEA regional program in St. Lucia. She also created the Whale and Dolphin Watching Association, and was responsible for the development of a now flourishing whale-watching industry in St.Lucia. She was tireless in her leadership of many anti-captivity campaigns. She founded and dedicated her time and virtually all of her income to the St. Lucia Animal Protection Society (SLAPS) protecting and caring for hundreds of wild and domestic animals in a way few people have ever done.

As is the case with many environmental and animal activists, there was an ongoing attempt to discredit Jane and she was continuously harassed and threatened. We all, especially the animals, have lost another truly wonderful person to the greed and corruption of those who profit at the expense of the animals and the environment. Jane would want us to continue the fight for conservation and protection of the animals and we must do just that.

Jane Tipson was very helpful to Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in the summer of 2001 when the Sea Shepherd flagship Ocean Warrior was in Castries Harbor investigating illegal whaling activities in St. Lucia.

Captain Paul Watson responding to news of her murder said, "Because of the enemies Jane made in high places, and because of her efforts to help animals in St. Lucia, I fear that the investigation into her death will not be a priority. There was certainly no care to protect the integrity of the crime scene and valuable forensic evidence was lost because of the police. I remember my life being threatened when Sea Shepherd's ship was last in St. Lucia, and my experience there illustrates to me just what a courageous heroine Jane was in continuing to champion the animals and habitats in the face of very real threats of violence.

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