Water Quality Monitoring Volunteers Needed!

Sound Rivers is looking for volunteers to help with our new water quality monitoring program this summer! Help collect and analyze water samples for harmful levels of fecal bacteria to monitor where it is safe to swim in our watershed. Data collected will provide easily available up to date information on safety and watershed health through our website and the Swim Guide smartphone app.

Volunteers will gain experience doing water quality monitoring, and a sense of satisfaction from helping support the health of your rivers.


  • Volunteers will commit to sampling once per week from June 1st through August 31st.
  • Volunteers will receive training in sample collection, and must be detail-oriented regarding equipment, field protocols, and data entry, and comfortable working independently.
  • Volunteers are responsible for getting to the Sound Rivers office and water quality lab, and will need own transportation for water quality sampling fieldwork.
  • Volunteers must be able to swim if sampling alone, and be safety conscious when collecting samples.
  • Volunteers must be able to represent Sound Rivers in a friendly and professional manner while in the field.

Get in touch with Forrest at pamtarrk@soundrivers.org if you’d like to help in the Tar-Pamlico River watershed, and Katy at lowerneuserk@soundrivers.org if you’d like to help on the Neuse River watershed.