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Algerian Sea Lavender Removal Project (beginning May 2021)

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Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation

Lagoon Discovery Center

Algerian Sea Lavender Removal Project

Volunteers Needed for the Summer

Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation

1580 Cannon Road, Carlsbad CA 92008

Scope of Work: Restoration/Monitoring work in the Agua Hedionda Lagoon - Internships & Volunteer Positions Available

Date: Ongoing and flexible scheduled (based around intern/volunteers availability). Preferably looking for interns that can commit to half a year or a year internship. Volunteers is any time commitment, no minimum.

Point of Contact: Samantha Richter - samantha@aguahedionda.org. Interns would then lead volunteers and become a point of contact.

Perks: Community Service Hours, LOA, t-shirts (pending sizes, no guarantee), a wildlife reserve where the public cannot access - it’s really cool! If interested in biology, botany, wildlife preservation and conservation careers, this is a good fit.

Description of Work/Commitment:

  • Interns: Work with Agua Hedionda Lagoon Employees and CA Fish & Wildlife Service to install and remove solarization black tarps from areas of the watershed. We are attempting to eradicate Algerian Sea Lavender (an invasive species) in the lagoon. The black tarps act as a solarization method and kills the plant, but not the natives, and allows us not to use herbicides. As an intern you would continually monitor the tarps, hand pull Algerian sea lavender in the adjacent areas, lead and train volunteers for help, and organize volunteer groups to install and remove the tarps (labor some).
  • Volunteers: Assist interns as needed with hand-pulling. We will establish specific event dates as well. But hand pulling can be completed at any time, and flexible around your schedules.
  • What will you be doing? Moving black tarps from one treatment site to the next, stapling the black tarps to the ground (large u shaped staples, hand pushed in to the ground), hand picking some areas. The black tarps are large, and take 4 people to move and affix each one.

What to Wear: Clothes you don’t mind getting dirty/muddy, a hat, sunscreen, rain boots or mud boots. It is very slick and muddy on the reserve, rubber boots you can wash off after are the best options. A re-usable water bottle.

*The Foundation will provide all supplies - gloves, monitoring sheets, tarps, staples, hand pulling tools and trash bags. We cannot provide mud boots. Some sites are a longer walk form the Foundation, and some can be accessed via 4 wheel drive car for closer access.

If interested, in being a volunteer or intern, please email samantha@aguahedionda.org and specify which you are interested in.

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About Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation


1580 Cannon Road, Carlsbad, CA 92008, US

Mission Statement

The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation (AHLF) was established as a non-profit corporation in 1990 to conserve, restore and enhance the environmental features of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon, marsh, wetlands, and watershed areas.

The AHLF operates the lovely Lagoon Discovery Center at 1580 Cannon Road in Carlsbad, where they hold numerous nature related lectures and festivals every year. The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation also has an award-winning Environmental Stewardship School Program designed for 3rd grades.


The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation's objective is to:

-Advocate for the lagoon, promoting and assuring future lagoon vitality

-Promote balanced recreational and commercial uses of the lagoon and wetlands

-Provide strong support for public access, trails and recreational opportunities

-Develop and promote, through The Lagoon Discovery Center, educational programs to enhance community and visitor awareness and understanding of water resource and watershed-related environmental issues.



We'll work with your schedule.


1580 Cannon RdCarlsbadCarlsbad, CA 92008



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