The issue of "pay" has been discussed before and alluded to on the show before. Some of the crew do get paid. I presume -- no offense -- the "skilled" ones, i.e. the helicopter pilot, Chris. I'd guess the engineer/mechanic for the helicopter as well as the engineer(s)/mechanic(s) for the ships themselves are paid too.
I might be wrong... This page, http://www.seashepherd.org/get-invol...ng-at-sea.html
, says they're looking for...
"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."
"Help Wanted - Volunteers Needed! Job Description: No pay, Long hours, Hard work, Dangerous conditions, Extreme weather."