This is an intermittent volunteer opportunity. Housing is not included.
Mount Rainier’s science program is looking for dedicated individuals to participate in our 2018 summer Citizen Science Program to conduct field surveys of toads and tadpoles in park lakes, ponds, and wetland areas. Volunteers will work under a trained Citizen Science Coordinator who works under the direction of the park Biologist. Work is in areas throughout the park, including remote wilderness as well as places near roads.
Citizen Science Volunteers will be expected to provide their own rain gear, hiking boots, water, food, daypack for day trips, backpack and gear for overnight backpacking trips, and any other personal items as needed. Volunteers may use their own aquatic sampling gear (i.e. waders, wader boots, etc.) but this gear will need to be disinfected first. If you do not have waders or wading boots, or prefer not to use your own for this project, they will be provided. Other field survey equipment will also be provided.
Qualifications: Applicants must be comfortable and capable of working safely and with minimal impact in park lakes and ponds .Children over the age of 5 and under 13 years old are welcome when accompanied by a parent. All children under the age of 18 must have a signed parental approval volunteer form. A background in natural science is not required, as training will be provided. Some surveys are day trips where there is little hiking involved. Other surveys require hiking to and from the survey site (on or off trail), carrying gear and equipment, long hours surveying while standing or kneeling to look at animals, working in remote locations of the park, and possibly overnight backpacking trips. If you are interested in volunteering, the Citizen Science Coordinator will work with you to find survey sites that meet your needs. Our field surveys are generally limited to a total of 5 people/trip to minimize our impacts on the environment.
Schedule: Mount Rainier’s Citizen Science Coordinator will develop a schedule of projects over the course of the summer. The Coordinator comes on duty in the beginning of July. Projects will begin in mid to late July, depending on snowmelt, and continue until early September. You may volunteer for one or multiple surveys over the course of the summer, according to your own schedule and availability. Some projects may last multiple days, based out of a backcountry field camp. Housing is not available as this is not a full-time volunteer opportunity, however, camping is available for the duration of your volunteer experience.
For more information, please contact Volunteer Program Manager Kevin Bacher at Kevin_Bacher@nps.gov or 360-569-6567.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Camp Sites Description: Overnight campsites are available for volunteers. This volunteer position may also include overnight camping trips in Mount Rainier's wilderness backcountry.