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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

  1. Water Quality Monitoring Volunteers
  2. Spring Trail Work Volunteers
  3. Migratory Fish Count Volunteers
  4. Volunteer Stewards

*See details for each volunteer opportunity below


  1. Water Quality Monitoring Volunteers

*Training Begins May 6th*matt-water-testing

Volunteers collect water samples to help us keep the waters in our region clean. Your efforts will build on over 20 years of work by the Presumpscot River Watch (now a program of our land trust) collecting data on dissolved oxygen and bacteria throughout the Presumpscot River Watershed. These are all key indicators of the health of aquatic ecosystems for both animals and humans.
The sampling season begins with a training led by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection on Saturday, May 6th hosted by our partners the University of Southern Maine Environmental Science and Policy Department at the Gorham campus.

There are then 10 sampling days, every other Saturday starting in late May. Each sampling day will generally go from 7:30 – 10:30 am. We ask that volunteers be available for at least half of the sampling days, listed below:
– Sat, May 20, Sat, June 3, Sat, June 17, Sat, July 1, Sat, July 15, Sat, July 29, Sat, Aug 12, Sat, Aug 26, Sat, Sep 9, Sat, Sep 23. Here is a map of the 2017 sample sites and their shorthand names.

Click here to sign-up to become a volunteer water quality monitor. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Stewardship and Outreach Coordinator Toby Jacobs at toby@prlt.org.


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2. Spring Trail Work Volunteers

Join us for spring trail work days. There are many tasks, small and large, and every hour helps. From moving leaves and sticks off the trail to carrying lumber and shifting large rocks to designing switchbacks, there’s a task for everyone.

Spring Trail Clean-up Dates:
Gambo Preserve, Gorham  – Saturday, May 13: 9 am – noon
Hawkes Preserve, Gorham – Saturday, May 13: 9 am – noon
Frog Hollow Preserve, Gorham – Friday, May 19: 9 am – noon
Mill Brook Preserve, Westbrook  – Sunday, May 21: 9 am – noon
Black Brook Preserve, Windham  – Saturday June 10: 9 am – noon
Cummings Preserve, Gorham – Saturday, June 10: 9 am – noon
Little River Preserve, Gorham – Saturday, June 17: 9am – noon
Pringle Wildlife Preserve, Windham – Saturday, June 24: 9 am – noon

If you would like to help with spring trail work please fill out the waiver and sign-up form here.  If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Stewardship and Outreach Coordinator Toby Jacobs at toby@prlt.org.


3. Migratory Fish Count Volunteers

The land trust is a partner in the annual migratory fish count–coordinated by the University of Southern Maine Environmental Science and Policy Department–that provides critical data to estimating the alewife population in Casco Bay.

Alewife live in the ocean and spawn in freshwater systems and are important to the Gulf of Maine ecosystem. In spring, they make their way from the ocean into the Presumpscot River and Mill Brook so they can reproduce in Highland Lake before returning to the sea. This is the largest and most productive alewife run in Casco Bay.

Volunteers will count fish at the Highland/Mill Brook Dam as they migrate upstream, which is typically May to early June. It is a simple and exciting way to volunteer while offering a backstage pass to an exciting natural phenomenon. No experience is needed and a short training will be provided. The time commitment is also short, as count slots are just 30 minutes long. Click here to learn more about this fish counting opportunity.

Click here to sign-up to become a migratory fish count volunteer.  If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Program Coordinator, maria@prlt.org.


4. Volunteer Stewards2011-gambo-work-day

We are looking for new volunteer Stewards for our Preserves. Volunteer Stewards check for problems and perform basic maintenance. This is a great way to learn new trails and really get to know one of the Preserves. It is a wonderful volunteer opportunity for people who want to help outside on their own schedule.

Click here to learn more and find out how to sign-up.

 


By volunteering you will help the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust support healthy lands, waters, wildlife, and people across the Presumpscot River watershed through conservation, water quality monitoring, education, and public access. Volunteer. Become a Member. Make a Donation. Contact us at toby@prlt.org to get involved.