Credit: Bill Lynch

From stream sampling, to writing blog posts, to creating trails at our Conservation Management Area, volunteers are at the heart of many of the programs at Great Swamp Watershed Association.

If you are interested in getting actively involved in protecting and preserving the watershed, please e-mail Hazel England at HazelE@Greatswamp.org for Land Stewardship, Sandra LaVigne at SandraL@GreatSwamp.org for Water Quality, and Val Thorpe at VThorpe@Greatswamp.org for Communications and Events, specifying your availability and interests.

Education and Outreach

Volunteers are needed to assist staff with in-classroom presentations using our hands-on watershed model. Simple, thorough training allows volunteers to make confident presentations to schools to help educate about water pollution in and around the Great Swamp Watershed and Passaic River. Volunteers working with children are subject to a background test. 

Volunteers are a great asset at outreach events, teaching the public about the important work we are doing in and around the watershed. Outreach events take place at town fairs, farmers markets, and company picnics throughout the year.

Volunteers are the heart of the Education and Outreach Committee, helping to guide educational programs, get the word out about upcoming events and assist with making our educational programs a success.

Land Stewardship and Advocacy

90% of our land management is conducted with Land Stewardship Volunteers. From planting native species to removing invasive species, creating new trails to maintaining our miles of hiking trails at our 73-acre Conservation Management Area in Harding Township, we rely on land management volunteers throughout the year.

If you are handy with a hammer, can make a mower move, or enjoy gardening, we could use your help with ongoing property maintenance projects around our headquarters office. Just a few hours a month would help us out tremendously to mow, maintain, and beautify our office and garden.

If you’re interested in local environmental issues, we could use your help. Anyone willing to either follow development issues in their local newspaper or attend their local planning board or board of adjustment meetings and report back on pertinent issues is welcome.

Water Quality

For those who like to get their feet wet, volunteers are needed to help with our many stream monitoring programs, including visual stream assessments, chemical monitoring, and E. coli monitoring. Additional opportunities for volunteers include stream restoration events and other water quality-related programs and events. Our ‘Stream Team’ members meet a few times per year, and new members are always welcome. Stream Team members must be 15 or older. We offer public stream assessment training sessions in the spring and fall. 

Other Opportunities

Our Communications Task Force meets monthly. Volunteers write blog posts, articles, and help with social media outreach. New members are always welcome!

Taking place in October of each year, our annual gala is a huge undertaking. Volunteers help solicit auction items, advertisements for our program booklet, and sell tickets.