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Riparian Data Mapping Field Volunteer

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ORGANIZATION: The San Diego River Park Foundation


The River Assessment Field Team (RAFT) performs reconnaissance on different segments of the San Diego River and documents trash sites using a smart phone based mapping app. The data that the team collects is used by trash removal teams, researchers, community members and policy makers.

RAFT is best-suited for repeat volunteers over the age of 18 who are available on Tuesday or Friday mornings. Volunteers are requested to attend 2-8 events per month. Due to the nature of these events, we do not authorize community service hour verification. Locations are chosen one week in advance and are shared via email. Some locations have challenging access, sometimes requiring that volunteers walk through dense vegetation, bend over under trees and vegetation, or climb down steep embankments. Closed-toed shoes and long pants are required. Sun protection and water are highly recommended. Volunteers should also be aware that they are likely to encounter individuals experiencing homelessness.

Prior to the first outing, participants must complete a virtual training (30 min) which goes through our data collection methods and protocols on how to use the Mappler K3 smartphone app, which connects to our online database here:

All RAFT events are led by a staff member or trained volunteer. Leaders provide on-site training to all participants. Details for each event (including the meeting location) are disseminated via email the week before.

We would love to have you come join RAFT! By volunteering to document river threats, you can be a citizen scientist and help improve the future of our San Diego River.

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About The San Diego River Park Foundation


4891 Pacific Highway, #114, SAN DIEGO, CA 92110, US

Mission Statement

The San Diego River Park Foundation is dedicated to fostering stewardship and appreciation of the region’s namesake waterway. In order to protect and enhance the San Diego River as a place for recreation, habitat, and nature discovery, we are dedicated to engaging people to be stewards of the River and working towards the vision of a 52 mile, river-long system of parks, open spaces, and community places.


We organize many different volunteer stewardship activities each month. River Cleanups, native plant gardening, habitat restoration, volunteer leadership, water quality testing, outreach and education, special event committees, technical committees and more.


Homeless & Housing
Community, Environment, Homeless & Housing


We'll work with your schedule.


Various Locations (From Ocean Beach to Santee)San Diego, CA 92110






  • Tuesdays & Fridays, 9am - 12pm.

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