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 100-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!
Our 2014 annual training will be different than in past years. You will receive 80 hours of training in a core session and then 20 hours of continuing education throughout the year. While the classroom will be based out of Marysville, we will travel throughout the county to visit the amazing places at our feet. The training will take place on Fridays from March 7 through April 26 and two Saturdays (April 12 and 19) from 9 AM - 3:30 PM.
In return, Beach Watchers continue learning while volunteering at least 100 hours over two years as citizen scientists, educators, restorationists and project planners. With the split schedule for the training, the Class of 2013 can start volunteering even before the training is over! A few examples of WSU Beach Watchers projects are designing and launching a crab harvester education program, doing interpretation at public parks, monitoring beach elevation, substrate and vegetation coverage, collecting water quality samples, plann an annual education event and 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.
Class size is limited so there is an application process. The application deadline has been extended to March 3, 2014 and applications are available here, with a descriptive cover letter as well. There is also a $35 materials fee (waivers are available). To request an application via mail or to get on the notification list for the next training, just contact the Snohomish County WSU Beach Watcher Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or (425) 357-6020.