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 2016 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 2016 training dates are every Friday from March 18 - May 27 and Saturdays April 23 and May 14. Class size is limited so there is an application process. An application due on February 26, 2016 is required, along with a free background check. There is also a $35 materials fee with waivers available upon request. For questions about the 2016 training, to request a hard copy application via mail or to get on the notification list for Beach Watcher or Beach Nautralist events, please contact Yolimar Rivera at firstname.lastname@example.org or (425) 357-6029.