SSI receives a large amount of support from our volunteers. From data entry, to springs surveying, to contributing photographers, we constantly are in need of extra help. No matter what your skill set, we have a task for you!
Field Research Opportunities
The Springs Stewardship Institute conducts ecological surveys of springs across many different landscapes on the Colorado Plateau each year. Often we engage volunteers to assist with measuring flow or water chemistry, collecting invertebrate specimens, drawing sketchmaps, photographing the site, or identifying flora and fauna.
It's a great way to learn the techniques for inventorying and monitoring springs, and an excellent way to support springs stewardship. Please get in touch if you would like to participate during the next field season.
If you are interested in learning about specimens native to the Colorado Plateau (flora and fauna) then this may be an opportunity for you. SSI will be spending all summer surveying springs across Arizona, which means we will have specimens to examine from each spring. Sorting them and identifying them is the time consuming, but fun, challenge at the end of each trip. Contact us if you are interested in this opportunity.
Data Entry and GIS
SSI is in need of volunteers to enter survey data to Springs Online, update taxonomic lists, organize files, photograph specimens, and add locations to the GIS. This is a great way to gain experience working with big data. This is ideal for anyone with interest in physical and biological characteristics of springs, a love of the outdoors and enthusiasm for conservation. Please contact us for more information.
SSI does not have nearly the human resources necessary to survey and photograph every single spring across the southwest. That is why we created Springs Online and our smartphone apps. Both of these tools allow the general public the opportunity to contribute to our work while doing what they love. If you find yourself exploring and you happen across a springs ecosystem, we would love to see your photos! If you can nab the georeference coordinates, that is even better! Check out our Grand Canyon app or contact us for more information about what you can contribute from the field.
Become a Citizen Scientist and Contribute to our survey data while enjoying the outdoors!
Hiking? Biking? Climbing? Bird watching? Great! That's just what we need! SSI seeks volunteers to photograph and record information on springs using their smartphones. Easily upload a photo of the spring, record standardized data that will help us in our research, and let our new location services automatically record your location.The more surveys of a spring, the more SSI can monitor and assess the effectiveness of management programs.
A Special Thanks To...
Tom Cheknis, Invertebrate Photography
Rich Rudow, Springs Photography and Georeference Data