Published on March 26, 2018

New Volunteer Coordinator Has Wellfleet Bay Roots

Chris Green_Volunteer Coordinator

Christopher Green is the sanctuary’s new volunteer coordinator, but it’s not the first time he’s worked here.

Back in 1985, his first summer after graduating with a biology degree from Tufts University, Chris was a diamondback terrapin researcher. “I remember driving into the sanctuary in my VW bus and thinking how lucky I was to live and work at this incredible place,” he says.

Back then, staff still lived in what was the original Austin family home, which at that stage was suffering from some significant structural issues. Still, Chris has fond memories.

“I lived in the dormitory section with Mac (Smith) the maintenance guy, Alice (Hibberd) and Carolyn (Cruso), and Iain Dunnett, the English naturalist. Returning from the field I would dodge nesting barn swallows as I came in through the garage where Alice and Carolyn ran their classes, climb the creaking stairs passing by an impressive collection of dusty stuffed birds, and write my field notes at a big wooden table in an open room with a commanding view of the sanctuary all around.”

Chris has worked seasonally for the Cape Cod National Seashore, most recently as a science communication biotech, a position that included working with volunteers. He is also a professional photographer.

Chris lives in Centerville with his wife Leah and their two boys, Alden, age 2, and Andrew, who's 1.