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Pinniped Monitors (seals, seal lions and walrus)

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ORGANIZATION: Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods

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Seal Watch

In 2009, Stewards began a partnership with the Sonoma County Water Agency to monitor pinnipeds (seals, sea lions, walrus) at or near the Russian River mouth in response to the need for a federal permit for incidental harassment of marine mammals during the activities associated with the requirements of the biological opinion.

The biological opinion is a 15-year recovery plan to implement the mandates of the National Marine Fisheries Service as they relate to threatened and endangered fish in the Russian River and its tributaries.

Trained citizen monitors are counting seals at numerous locations in and around the Jenner Estuary during breaching activities and during the outlet channel formation that is recommended in the BO. Monthly baseline data collection is also scheduled twice a month.

Citizen monitors have the option to receive a daily stipend instead of counting their hours for a day-use pass.

In addition to serving in beautiful Western Sonoma County, volunteers who submit:

  • Volunteer 24 hours or more to receive an annual free Day Use Pass for all State Parks in the Sonoma-Mendocino Coast District
  • Volunteer 200 hours or more to receive an annual free Day Use Pass for all California State Parks

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About Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods


17000 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville, CA 95446, US

Mission Statement

Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods promotes, protects and restores your State Parks.


Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods is an environmental non-profit that works in partnership with California State Parks in the Russian River Sector of the Sonoma Mendocino Coast District to provide public and school education, stewardship, and citizen science programs. We also help operate Austin Creek State Recreation Area; maintain and revitilize State Park visitors centers and historic sties, including Pond Farm Pottery; acquire and restore natural habitats on park lands; and support vital advocacy efforts.


Animals, Community, Environment


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Goat Rock State BeachJenner, CA 95450



  • Critical Thinking
  • Environmental Science
  • People Skills


  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 4 hour shifts.
  • Must love the beach, people, relaxing and all pinnipeds!

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