How to Get Involved with The Coastal Society!

The Coastal Society (TCS) is an organization of private sector, academic, and government professionals and students. The Society is dedicated to actively addressing emerging coastal issues by fostering dialogue, forging partnerships, and promoting communication and education. Formed in 1977, TCS is a nonprofit, membership-based organization which relies on volunteers to assist the staff and Board of Directors with planning and implementing activities that support the TCS mission. What is your interest? Help us connect, communicate, and cooperate with the many people involved in coastal and ocean issues nationwide.

Join Us as a Member

TCS is successful due to the support of its members and donors. For members’ convenience, TCS has multiple member categories. Active and retired coastal management professionals can join as Regular or Retired members. The New Professional category is for professionals who have been out of school for fewer than two years. In addition, there are Student and Library memberships. Institutions or organizations can opt to support TCS at the Institutional level and name two individuals to receive membership benefits. Corporate membership is available to companies, businesses and organizations that want to support TCS at a higher level. Corporate membership entitles the company to list four individuals to receive membership benefits. Please call TCS or visit our website,, for more information about the benefits of membership and how to join.

Attend Our Regional Coastal Career Development Events

In honor of Margaret A. Davidson, mentor to many of today’s coastal leaders, this series of career development workshops will benefit early- and mid-career professionals and the next generation of coastal practitioners. Career options, employment prospects, skills needed to succeed, networking, and publishing in a peer-reviewed journal are some of the topics presented with plenty of time for networking.

Write a Blog

The Coastal Society Blog serves as TCS’s primary communication vehicle. It is published online and includes articles on current coastal management issues, organizational news, items of interest from around the coasts, announcements of upcoming meetings and conferences, and reports on coastal-related legal developments. Regular features include reports from the Society’s chapters and highlights of an experience or opinion by a TCS member. If you are interested in contributing material to the Blog, please contact us at

Join a Committee or the Board of Directors

For members who are interested in shaping the future of TCS, consider joining a committee or running for the Board. The Coastal Society needs a variety of skills and talented individuals to help implement TCS plans and achieve TCS objectives. These opportunities include the:

    • Chapters Committee
    • Communications Committee
    • MAD Career Development Committee
    • Development Committee

A wide variety of short and long-term options are available, such as creating informational and outreach materials, planning regional events, finding funding and resources, and helping further the work of the organization. Current members interested in taking a leadership role in TCS are encouraged to contact the Executive Director or a Board member to learn more.

Help with the TCS Web Site

TCS members with communications and web design experience are always welcome to contribute their talents toward building the features of the web site. Let us know how you would like to help with the web site.

Contact The Coastal Society with more ideas

If you have additional ideas for supporting The Coastal Society’s goals and objectives that you don’t see listed here, or are interested in becoming a sponsor partner, please call or write us. We look forward to hearing from you!

The Coastal Society
Judy Tucker, Executive Director
P.O. Box 3590
Williamsburg, VA 23187-3590

Phone: (757) 565-0999

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