We're Looking for 5 New Volunteers!
Interested in volunteering with in this fantastic program and caring for the health of our rivers?
Bellingen Riverwatch is an innovative citizen science program which sees community scientists and the scientific community working together to promote healthy rivers and protect their threatened species.
Bellingen Riverwatch began in August 2017 and is made possible by our amazing team of 25 community volunteers and 5 local schools collecting monthly water quality data at 22 sites across the Bellinger and Kalang Rivers.
Some of our volunteers have had a change in circumstance and are no longer able to be involved in the program so we are looking for 5 new volunteers.
Being a Bellingen Riverwatch volunteer involves sampling and testing from one site per month, on the second Tuesday or Wednesday of each month.
New volunteers are trained in basic water quality testing by OzGREEN Co-Founder and CEO, Sue Lennox, and are supported by our Program Coordinator, Amy Denshire. Volunteers also get to take part in fun educational workshops and events (e.g. bird spotting, aquatic plant identification, water bug blitzes etc.).
What other volunteers say
"In our little town of Bellingen, we are very lucky to have the Bellingen Riverwatch project making it possible for locals to become more educated and involved. I’ve loved sharing the information learnt with my children, and watching them learn, asking questions, and playing an active part in it.
The Riverwatch team have been fantastic, informative and great to volunteer with. I’ve loved learning from the team and seeing their passion and enthusiasm around the project. I'd definitely recommend citizen science to anyone. It’s educational, inspiring and for people who didn't have university opportunities or have different careers. It’s a way to get involved in science and help." - Skye, Volunteer
New Volunteer Training Session
Our next training session for new volunteers will be held on Tuesday 14th August, 10.30am to approximately 3.30pm (we may finish slightly earlier than this).
What to Bring
- Your own lunch and drinks
- Hat / sunscreen
- Swimmers (we might go for a swim)
- Walking shoes
- Pen and paper (in case you want to take notes)
Where to Meet
We will meet at 10.30am at the Bellingen Sustainability Centre, Church Street Lane, Bellingen (down the back of the lane next to the Ambulance Centre on Church Street). We plan to carpool to the locations, however, feel free to bring your own car and follow us to the locations if you need to leave early. :)
Can't make it to this round of training?
If you can't make it to this round of training but are interested in volunteering, please register your interest by contacting Amy, the Bellingen Riverwatch Coordinator on 0455 602 571 or on [email protected].
Church Street Lane
Bellingen, NSW 2454
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