Volunteer Opportunities

Solitude Monitoring for Friends of the Inyo

You enjoy your moments alone in the Eastern Sierra, right? So do many others. Millions of others, actually. Every year.

Well, the U.S. Forest Service wants to make sure everyone visiting our wilderness areas has opportunities for solitude. It all begins with research, and Friends of the Inyo is assisting. And for that, we need YOU!

Help Friends of the Inyo conduct visitor data collection for the Forest Service in various designated Wildernesses on the Inyo National Forest.

Learn more here.

Sierra Streams Institute – Summer Stream Survey Crew Recruitment Now Open

Want to learn more about life in our creeks? Assist with our summer creek surveys!

Field crews collect samples of benthic macroinvertebrates and algae and take measurements to assess stream habitat. These metrics provide insights into the health of our watersheds. Surveys are conducted in the Deer Creek, Yuba River, and Bear River Watersheds.

There are multiple ways to get involved:

As a volunteer! Ideal for anyone who is interested in getting out in the field but can only commit to a few survey days.

As a field crew intern! Ideal for students and early career professionals. Interns should be available for most survey dates throughout the summer sampling period.

Complete position descriptions can be found here.

Desolation Wilderness Volunteer Program

The Eldorado National Forest is searching for a few dedicated volunteers who enjoy working and sharing their passion for the preservation of our wild lands. Please come to an informational meeting to learn more about Wilderness volunteer opportunities, what is required to become a volunteer, and how your help is crucial to meeting our 10-year Wilderness stewardship challenge.

Learn more here.

Trinity County Resource Conservation District Snorkel Survey Signups: Interested in conducting snorkel surveys to help count summer Steelhead and spring Chinook on tributaries of the Trinity River?

The 2024 Dive Season is anticipated to begin in July, but please register with the appropriate staff member early. The earlier the better!

Divers interested in the Canyon Creek, New River, and North Fork Trinity River dives should register with Annyssa Interrante at ainterrante@tcrcd.net.

Divers interested in the South Fork Trinity River and Hayfork Creek dives should contact Cindy Buxton at cbuxton@thewatershedcenter.com.

Prior experience performing snorkel surveys with adult salmonid identification is important. Physical ability requirements include swimming a minimum of a mile an hour and hiking at least 3 strenuous miles.

Learn more here.

The Tahoe Area Sierra Club is seeking volunteers

Are you passionate about protecting the environment and quality of life in Tahoe? Do you have some free time to invest in the causes you believe in? Grassroots activism can make a difference and the Tahoe Area Group wants your help. The Tahoe Area Group has volunteer opportunities in outings, events, conservation, and communications.

Learn more here.

Headwaters – Friends of the River’s online magazine is accepting submissions

Friends of the River’s Headwaters Magazine is a beautiful repository of articles about rivers and river recreation, opinion pieces, policy analysis, river news, art, photographs, and more.

We welcome submissions of articles that speak to the six areas in which we work for the protection of California’s rivers. These areas are hydropower reform, saving and storing water, restoring flows, flood management, legal and regulatory protections, and inspiring citizen action.

We also welcome submissions of visual art, creative writing, poetry, and photos that are centered around rivers and nature more broadly.

Not sure what to submit? Let’s work together. More info here. Please email keiko@friendsoftheriver.org to discuss a submission.

Internship Opportunities

No current internship opportunities.

Check the Take Action tab for current opportunities in the region.

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