Volunteer Opportunities


Volunteer in the Watershed

Upcoming Events:

February 14, 2019: Winter Water Quality Monitoring Day

Volunteers needed to help chaperone school groups collecting and testing water samples from the Nisqually River and its tributaries. Email brandon@nisquallyriver.org to sign up.

March 2, 2019: Plant Salvage for Nisqually Restoration Planting

Join Stream Stewards at Glacial Heritage Preserve to remove Shore Pine and Douglas Fir from prairie habitat for planting later at a riparian restoration site along the Nisqually River. This event is coordinated by Cadette Girl Scouts who have adopted this restoration site through the Nisqually Stream Stewards program. Email ttrople@hotmail.com or emily@nisquallyriver.org to sign up. Friends and family welcome: share the Event Flyer here.

March 21, 2019: Student GREEN Congress

Help out as over 300 students gather at The Evergreen State College to share results from water quality monitoring in the Nisqually and South Sound. Volunteers needed for check-in, directions, tech support, photography, and general on-site logistical help, with shifts available all day! Sign-up link coming soon. Email brandon@nisquallyriver.org for more information.

April 20, 2019: Nisqually River Clean-Up

Bring a raft or kayak to clean up the Nisqually River, or join land-based Stream Stewards volunteers to pick up litter at our parks and water access sites. Email brandon@nisquallyriver.org to sign up.

May 11, 2019: Prairie Appreciation Day

Several volunteer opportunities available at this public event at Glacial Heritage Preserve during the beautiful peak camas and wildflower bloom. We are looking for Stream Stewards to staff a Nisqually Stream Stewards booth, as well as help out with the event in general! Email emily@nisquallyriver.org (booth staff) and prairieappreciationday@gmail.com (other activities).

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: Peter Yager, 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 Indian Tribe Community Garden

Contact: Caitlin Krenn360-561-9063

  • 3-4 volunteer events throughout the year (harvest, weeding, vegetable planting, other garden tasks)
  • Contact Caitlin to be added to the email list for event announcements

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!