Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer in the Nisqually Watershed

Stream Stewards: Submit your volunteer hours online!

Upcoming Events:

Tree Plantings

Saturday, November 2 (9:00am-12:00pm)

Middle Nisqually Flood Plain (24302 Seglins Rd SE, Yelm, WA)

Saturday, November 9 (9:00am-12:00pm)

Lackamas Flats (21928 Hobson Rd SE, Yelm, WA)

Plant native species to restore riparian forests in salmon habitat near Yelm! This is a great activity for family and friends. Contact streamstewards@nisquallyriver.org with questions.

Volunteers are also needed to help with student plantings on weekdays in October and November. Contact sheila@nisquallyriver.org to learn more and sign up.

Nisqually Land Trust Planting Work Parties

Wednesdays and Saturdays at restoration sites around the watershed. Details and sign ups here: http://nisquallylandtrust.org/calendar/

Volunteer with Partner Organizations:

Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

Contact: David True, 360-753-9467

  • Weed Warriors
  • Friends of NNWRC – lead walks, staff reception desks, work with school groups – many opportunities!

Center for Natural Lands Management

Contact: Angela Winter

  • Field and lab citizen science work restoring native prairies

Mount Rainier National Park

Contact: Kevin Bacher360-569-6567

  • Volunteers help in almost every area of the park, from maintaining trails to leading guided hikes. Time commitment for volunteer work varies from one-day projects to recurring projects or full-time work extending over months or years. 
  • Blog for upcoming opportunities: https://rainiervolunteersnps.tumblr.com/ 

Nisqually Indian Tribe Salmon Watchers

Contact: Brandon Bywater360-438-8715

  • Salmon Watchers Training – Sept. 27, Nisqually Indian Tribe
  • 1-2 hrs/week, self scheduled, October-February

Nisqually Land Trust

Contact: volunteer@nisquallylandtrust.org, 360-489-3400

  • Wednesday Work Parties (weekly)
  • Saturday Work Parties (monthly)
  • Volunteer Site Stewards
  • Outreach Volunteers
  • Leading or supporting Nature Walks on Land Trust properties

Nisqually Reach Nature Center

Contact: Terence Lee, 360-459-0387

  • Forage Fish Spawning Surveys (lab, data, and field work)
  • Pigeon Guillemot Surveys (lab, data, and field work)
  • Summer Camps (education)

Nisqually River Council Citizens Advisory Committee (NRC CAC)

Contact: Emily McCartan360-438-8715

  • Monthly meetings – 2nd Tuesday each month, 6-8pm
  • Attend monthly NRC Meetings (locations vary, 3rd Friday, 9am-12pm)
  • Serve on committees or work groups addressing watershed issues

Nisqually River Education Project

Contact: Sheila Wilson360-438-8715

  • Water Quality Monitoring (support field trips and help students with testing)
    • Water Quality Monitoring Training (Saturday, September 22nd 9am-2pm)
    • Fall Water Quality Monitoring Day (Thursday, October 18th, time varies)
    • Winter Water Quality Monitoring Day (Thursday, February 14th, time varies)
  • Student GREEN Congress (Thursday, March 21st, 2 hour shifts 7am-4pm)
  • Eye On Nature and Nisqually Nearshore Field Field Investigations (supporting field trips, weekdays in April, May, June)

Nisqually Stream Stewards Outreach & Behind-the-Scenes Support

Contact: Emily McCartan, 360-438-8715

  • Assist with management of Facebook page for Nisqually Stream Stewards
  • Attend fairs, festivals, and other community events to recruit new Stream Stewards
  • Write up Stream Stewards activities for NRF blogs
  • Take photographs at volunteer events
  • Various NRF office work, as needed

Northwest Trek

Contact: volunteers@nwtrek.org

  • Assist with education or special events programs
  • Conduct NatureMapping and other citizen science surveys
  • Remove invasive species and maintain trails

Yelm Community Garden/Bounty For Families

Contact: Tom Dewell, 360-894-8151

  • Planning and design opportunities for new community garden
  • Assist with community food events and farmers market

Nisqually Stream Stewards Volunteers

To complete your certification, Stream Stewards are required to complete 40 hours of volunteer service. We will email you throughout the year with opportunities to volunteer around the watershed. Email the contact person listed under each event to sign up or for more information. Afterwards, you can report your hours when you get your monthly email from streamstewards@nisquallyriver.org.

Stream Stewards who fulfill their 40 hours receive recognition at the following year’s Nisqually Watershed Festival and have the opportunity to share their experience on our blog to inspire future Stewards!