The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
Currently looking for volunteers who would like to survey and monitor coastal ecosystems for sensitive habitats and animal species. We are specifically looking for bird surveyors to look for the Threatened Western Snowy Plover and the Endangered California Least Tern at this time. No experience necessary, we will train you. After training, about 10-12 hours worth, volunteers will survey assigned beach segments (based on their preference) within Orange County (from Huntington to San Clemente). Each shift runs between 2-3 hours to survey the entire segment and volunteers can choose to take a weekly shift, bi-weekly shift, or monthly depending on their availability. We do not have a minimum or maximum of required hours but we do ask that you volunteer at least once a month in one of our events, surveys, or other opportunities. As part of our monitoring program, monitors will also be asked to be prepared to speak to the public about the work that is being done and the background of the species as part of OC Habitats community outreach program as necessary.
In addition to our monitoring program, we are working on education and outreach where we give habitat tours and beach clean-ups as well as going to local OC schools to present information about the habitats in Orange County that students are surrounded by everyday.
As our organization grows, we are expanding our work effort in the field and our offerings to the community. We welcome individuals who would like to be a part of our program to conserve, promote, and educate the public about the importance of all the habitats in Orange County and how to protect them now and into the future.
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Requirements & Commitment
Driver's License Needed
Must be at least 18
Orientation or Training
Minimum 6 hours/mo, maximum 20 hours/mo
Ability to walk on soft beach sand for at least 2 miles