Interested in a volunteer program that requires greater investment and provides great educational opportunities? To learn more about the programs listed below, contact Melissa Marcum at 503-629-6350 Ext. 2720 or submit an application online. You are also welcome to subscribe to our volunteer newsletter for monthly updates.
Amphibian Egg Mass Surveys
The northern red-legged frog is listed as a sensitive and vulnerable species by the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife. Participants in our Amphibian Egg Mass Survey Program are trained and assigned to survey ponds within the District where they search for, identify and count egg masses of this and other native amphibian species. The survey season normally begins in February and runs through March of each year, but it is weather dependent.
Nature Play Survey Program
Nature Play is any kind of play that takes place in nature and/or with natural elements. This type of play has proven to be a valuable part of childhood development.
Surveys of the district's nature play areas will help us better understand how these areas are being used. The work can be performed at any time of day, year-round. Volunteers are asked to perform surveys for a minimum of two hours, every two weeks, for a three-month period.
Nature LITE Program
Our Nature Leader in Training Experience (LITE) volunteer program is a junior camp counselor program for youth ages 13-17 years. This is a great career development opportunity for youth, as applicants have to go through interviews, train with members of the education staff and work hands-on with children enrolled in nature summer camps or the Nature Mobile outreach program. A number of previous participants have gone on to become interns and camp staff.
Nature LITE volunteers are expected to commit to a minimum of 80 hours of service between June 20 - August 31, 2018. These hours can be acquired over the course of two full weeks (Monday - Friday) of summer camp and/or volunteering at any of the many nature education events scheduled throughout the summer. Please note that scheduled camp weeks do not need to be consecutive. A program fee of $28 is due at the workshop session. Fee waivers for the program are available upon request.
If you would like to nominate a local youth who you think would be a great Nature LITE volunteer in 2018, you can do it now. Staff will follow up with the nominee about the application process, once applications become available on March 1, 2018.
This program is great for regular park walkers. After volunteers go through a brief training, they become the eyes and ears of our parks by reporting problems directly to our Park Patrol, as well as providing information to park visitors. Volunteers can be identified with their bright orange vests and volunteer id badges.
This program is designed to train local citizens on how to lead service projects with the general public and local school groups. The program offers a brief training, after which volunteers shadow Natural Resources Department staff at a volunteer project. Stewardship leaders are asked to commit to leading/co-leading a minimum of five service projects each year for THPRD (minimum of 20 hours/year).
Snapping Turtle Management Assistant
This is an opportunity to work with seasoned staff and gain knowledge about turtle management in urban natural areas. During nesting season, this position would perform snapping turtle surveys along the shoreline of Koll Center Wetlands (as described below). In August, the assistant would work with staff to trap and remove snapping turtles as part of a larger habitat enhancement project for native turtles. This would require a time committment of 2 hours/day for five consecutive days. The district will provide this position with a license to capture and handle non-native turtles through the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife.
Volunteers involved in our Turtle Survey Programs are trained to identify a range of native and non-native turtles while surveying ponds and wetlands at specified district parks. In order to successfully complete turtle surveys, you must be able to sit still and quietly for long periods of time. We have two Turtle Survey Programs, which are listed below.
Snapping Turtle Survey Program - As snapping turtles are an invasive species and predators of native turtles and waterfowl, our goal is to capture and remove individuals as they move to land and begin nesting. Volunteers help us by performing surveys and notifying staff when turtles are located. The surveys take approximately 2 hours/day and must be completed at least 5 days/week. This program runs from May 15 to June 30 each year at Koll Center Wetlands, located in the Greenway neighborhood of Beaverton.
Turtle Survey Program - This program focuses on surveying all species of turtles that inhabit the area. Surveys are performed from May 1 through August 1 each year at specified sites throughout the district.
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