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 2015 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 9 AM - 3:30 PM starting on April 3 through May 16 AND September 11 through October 16. Yes, there are two seperate training segments for the full 2015 Beach Watcher training program, so you should plan to attend both the spring and fall series.
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 is March 13, 2015 and the application is now availalbe, with a descriptive cover letter as well. There is a $35 materials fee, with waivers available). To request a hard copy application via mail or to get on the notification list for Beach Watcher or Beach Nautralist events, just contact the Snohomish County WSU Beach Watcher Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or (425) 357-6020.