Volunteering

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. Contact us if you would like to participate during the next field season.

 

 

Specimen Sorting

Leopard frog tadpole found in northern Arizona. An example of the types of specimens SSI collects and sorts for springs monitoring. This particular specimen was returned to its habitat after identification. Photo by Molly Joyce.

Leopard frog tadpole found in northern Arizona. An example of the types of specimens SSI collects and sorts for springs monitoring. This particular specimen was returned to its habitat after identification. Photo by Molly Joyce.

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.

Canyoneer Rich Rudow and his crew exploring one of many slot canyons in the Grand Canyon. Mr. Rudow contributes photos and georeference data to SSI and is also on the Board of Directors of the Coalition of American Canyoneers.

Citizen Scientists

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 Hide and Seep. 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 Hide & Seep app or contact us for more information about what you can contribute from the field.

Photo by Rich Rudow

Hide and Seep

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, mark it with a time stamp, and record standardized data that will help us in our research.The more surveys of a spring, the more SSI can monitor and assess the effectiveness of management programs.

Find out more about Hide & Seep.

A Special Thanks To...

Tom Cheknis, Invertebrate Photography

Rich Rudow, Springs Photography and Georeference Data