There are many ways to volunteer for Austin Youth River Watch, both in this 2018-2019 academic year, and beyond. Along with regular water quality monitoring, River Watchers work with community partners on several restoration projects and outreach events throughout the year that volunteers can help with. These are things like creek clean-ups, planting native riparian species, mulching, invasive species removal, outreach activities, and building rain gardens. We also often need additional support with advocacy for issues related to our youth and the environment, assistance at our EcoHouse with administrative duties, and of course fundraising. We are a small staff with a significant reach and impact and would love to hear from you. Here’s just a few events coming up this year:
January 20, 2019 – 3M Half Marathon
Register to Run! AYRW has created a team that will run the half marathon together, and we’d love for you join us! If you would like to run with Team AYRW, click here to register by December 18, 2018, and pick “Austin Youth River Watch” from the team drop-down menu on the registration page. Also, you can always register as an individual up until January 17, 2019.
- Support AYRW! You can support Austin Youth River Watch by fundraising for us and spreading awareness on our behalf. Click here to visit our CrowdRise campaign page to start a fundraiser or make a one-time donation!
- Volunteer on Race Day! We will need plenty volunteers on the day of the race to do things like help us work the AYRW info booth at the finish line, hand out water at an aid station, or perform other event tasks. Please click here to volunteer with us on race day and learn more!
January 21, 2019 – MLK Service Day at Buttermilk Creek & Park
Help us clean up and restore Buttermilk Creek & Park! Each year, River Watchers work with the St. John Neighborhood Association on an MLK Service Day event at Buttermilk Creek & Park. Last year, we picked up about 1,000 pounds of trash, and planted 94 native grass plugs to help prevent further erosion of the creek bank. For more information reach out via firstname.lastname@example.org. Please click here to sign up to volunteer with us for this event and learn more!
Weekly Program Volunteers or Interns
During the school year, our ongoing program volunteers accompany one of our student crews once a week, joining them for water quality testing or ecological service projects, and dinner and down time at our River Watch EcoHouse in Hornsby Bend afterwards. Most of our crews include around 10 kids. You will accompany your student crew one day a week, which will remain the same day throughout your commitment. There may also be opportunities to accompany the River Watchers on camping and canoeing adventures on weekends. Experience in content areas (water quality, aquatic life, etc) not required, but an appreciation for them are!
- Time frame, roughly 3:30 pm to 7:00 pm.
- Pick a day of the week, Monday – Thursday.
- Once you’ve got a day, your day will remain the same all semester.
You will be:
- Helping program staff by being additional supervision for the kids.
- An additional adult role model who is a consistent, dependable part of their life for the semester. You’ll get to know that group of kids very well.
- Commitment to show up weekly.
- Adeptness or willingness to work with teenagers.
- Willingness to be outdoors. Experience in content areas (water chemistry, aquatic life, riparian restoration, etc.) is appreciated but not required.
If you’re interested:
(1) Email Amelia DeVivo, Program Director, at email@example.com with your resume and a brief statement of interest.
(2) Include which weekday(s) you are available.
Volunteers have said to us that this most rewarding volunteer experience they’ve ever had!
There will be more projects and events this year and beyond! Stay in touch via social media, or contact us at (512) 708-9115 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and let us know that you’re interested in volunteering at one of these events or if you’d like to sign up for our email newsletter!