Do you love to spend time on the beach?
Want to craft your own volunteer experience?
Interested in protecting the waters & wildlife of Puget Sound?
Then become a WSU Beach Watcher!
All WSU Beach Watchers receive university-caliber training. This 80 hour WSU Beach Watcher Training Program includes expert presentations, field trips and hands-on practice in:
- coastal processes
- marine organism identification,
- water quality conditions,
- public education tips,
- climate change ,
- planned restoration efforts,
- and so much more!
Beach Watchers receive 80 hours of training throughout the spring. While the classroom is based out of Everett, we travel throughout the county to visit the amazing places at our feet. The 13 week training takes place on Fridays from 9 AM - 3:30 PM and there are two Saturday field trip dates. Trainees should plan to attend the full Beach Watcher training program.
In return, Beach Watchers continue learning while volunteering at least 80 hours over two years as citizen scientists, educators, restorationists and project planners. The Class of 2017 can start volunteering right after the training is over in the late spring! A few examples of WSU Beach Watchers projects are: designing and launching a crab harvester education program; doing beach interpretation at public parks; monitoring beach elevation, substrate and vegetation coverage; collecting water quality samples; planning an annual education event; educating shoreline landowners.
You don't need to be an expert to participate – just be interested in Puget Sound issues and be willing and able to participate in projects after the training is over.
The 2017 training dates are yet to be determined. Class size is limited so there is a required application process, along with a free background check. There is also a $35 materials fee with waivers available upon request. For questions about the 2017 training, or to get on the notification list for Beach Watcher or Beach Nautralist events, please contact Yolimar Rivera at email@example.com or (425) 357-6029.