GET INVOLVED! -VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Amazing things get done by volunteers at the NW Stream Center as well as at stream restoration sites in local watersheds. If you have some time and expertise that you would like to share with us, we would love to have you become an Adopt A Stream Foundation Volunteer.
Current Volunteer Opportunities
For more opportunities please take a look at the brief descriptions below and give us a call for more information at (425)-316-8592.
AT THE NORTHWEST STREAM CENTER
Seeking a team of up to 5 to recruit and coordinate volunteer activities at the NW Stream Center. Volunteers for this role must have excellent communication and computer skills and a demonstrated knack for organization.
Native Plant Landscape Stewards:
Seeking a team of up to 50 to manage the native plant landscapes around the NW Stream Center Visitors Building, Native Plant Salvage Yard, and Trout Stream Exhibit riparian zone.
The ideal volunteer will have a “green thumb” and knowledge of NW Botany. We plan to follow the WSU Master Gardner model and assign a section of the landscape to our volunteers to manage on their schedule.
NW Stream Center Docent Naturalist
Seeking volunteers who have excellent communication skills and the ability to learn the interconnections between forests, wetlands, streams, fish, wildlife, and people. After completing a training program, Docent Naturalists will commit to a minimum of two 4-hour shifts per month leading tours for visitors (up to 10 per group) past the Trout Stream Exhibit and along the Elevated Nature Walk to the Nature Store.
Trout Stream Exhibit Aquarists
Seeking a team of 50 volunteers to keep the water intake screen brushed, remove algae, monitor water quality, clean viewing windows, create in-stream trout habitat, plant and maintain the riparian zone, and maintain the Entry Trail. Certified divers may have the opportunity to create new trout habitat in the deep head water pools or in the pond at the mouth of the 160-foot long stream. Aquarists should be able to commit to a minimum of two 4-hour shifts per month.
Nature Store: Retail Sales
Seeking a team 50 of volunteers to get the new Nature Store “up and running.” It is being located in the administrative office area at the west end of the Visitors Building and the offices are “moving upstairs” into the attic above. Each Nature Store Volunteer should be able to commit to a minimum of two four hour shifts per month. Once the store is fully operational, it will be open 6 days-a-week, Tuesday through Sunday.
Visitors Building Handy Persons
If you are adept at and enjoy fixing things that get broken we can put your talents to use. Fortunately, we do not need these services on a regular basis, but we are establishing a roster of volunteers with expertise in the following categories:
Electrician, Plumber, Painter, General Handy-Person.
Raised Boardwalk Interpretive Trail Botanist
Seeking a team of up to 20 volunteers with extensive knowledge of NW botany to conduct survey and map the majority of the NW Stream Center grounds (approximately 20-acres). Information gathered will be used to determine the route of up to one-mile of raised boardwalk interpretive trails.
AT NEARBY STREAM LOCATIONS:
Stream Restoration Assistants
Want to “get your feet wet” restoring stream banks and creating fish habitat? The majority of our stream restoration projects take place during the week, however, several occur on weekends. Activities range from removing invasive plants like blackberries and reed canary grass and planting native trees and shrubs in their place to “pounding rebar” in log structures that become new fish habitat. We are setting up a roster of physically fit volunteers who and have time for full or half-day adventures in watersheds nearby the NW Stream Center.
AT LOCAL LIBRARIES, COFFEE SHOPS & OTHER POPULAR GATHERING SPOTS
Streamkeeper Academy “Marketeers”
Seeking volunteers to distribute Streamkeeper Academy event notices and posters. We need your help in “getting out the word” about the terrific classes and events at the NW Stream Center. You can participate by sending out notifications via email to your friends and families or asking your local librarian or barista to hang up a poster!
Our Board of Directors encompasses a strong representation of racial, ethnic and professional backgrounds. Our members include business representatives, community leaders, scientists, and resource managers.
The Board of Directors is actively recruiting new members to help with expansion efforts. Follow the link for more information; or call us at (425)-316-8592 to speak with us directly.