*Please note: all Swim Guide monitoring sites are currently covered, but please feel free to fill out the form below and we’ll contact you for 2022!
Interested in volunteering for Clean Water? Great! Below are descriptions of some of our volunteer opportunities; fill out the form and let us know what you’re interested in!
Trash Trout Volunteer: Trash Trouts are passive litter traps that will float on the surface of the creeks, are attached to the banks, and capture all the floating trash before it ends up making its way down to the Pamlico and Neuse rivers. Once the trash is captured in the trap, it needs to be manually removed and sorted. We are looking for volunteers in Washington and New Bern in April 2022:
Clean-Up Crew: Willing to wade into the creek and pull trash out of the trap (we can provide waders and gloves).
Trash Auditors: for those who don’t want to get in the creek, we need help tallying up the trash.
Trash Trout Scouter: We’ve never done this before and don’t know how quickly the trout will fill up with trash. It would be great to have a few folks who can be our eyes on the trout, to swing by once a week and after a rain storm to snap a few photos and see how full the trap is, and if it’s in need of a clean out.
Event Volunteer: Throughout the year Sound Rivers has events all over Eastern NC – from our large fundraisers Oyster Roast and Taste of Coastal Carolina, to the educational Kids River Fest, to small screenings and fun get-togethers. Let us know if you want to volunteer for a specific event (mention it in the “comments” section on the form below.)
Office/Mailing Volunteer: We have some opportunities in our Washington, NC or New Bern, NC offices for stuffing envelopes, data entry, office organization, and more! For this volunteer opportunity, we are looking for volunteers available on weekdays.
Water Cleanups – Organizer: We do cleanups throughout the year, typically organized by our Riverkeepers, but the more we can do, the better the waters will be! Are you interested in taking a leadership role and helping to organize and run your own cleanup, with support from Sound Rivers’ staff? This is the opportunity for you! (Ages 18+ please.)
Water Cleanups – Participant: Just want to get out on the water and help with a cleanup, when they’re scheduled? Let us know and we’ll make sure you’re the first to hear about any River Cleanups.
Water Quality Monitoring: Our greatest need for volunteers is in the summer months during our Swim Guide program. Swim Guide is weekly samples collected by volunteers from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend. Throughout the year we need volunteers less frequently, but on weekdays. If you have daytime availability Monday through Thursday, please let us know in the comments of the form below so we can contact you when we need volunteers. Training and materials provided!
Water Trail Steward: Interested in making a significant impact on public access to waterways, by taking on a leadership role at Sound Rivers? Water Trail Stewards will help manage our Tar-Pamlico Water Trail, regularly inspecting the camping platforms for needed repairs, and helping to keep them in good working order.