Volunteers resources page
Resources for volunteer monitors and citizen scientists working with the Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project
Our wildlife monitoring volunteers are outside year-round monitoring wildlife movements and presence in Washington's Cascades and Columbia Highlands and across the border into British Columbia.
Here you'll find information about projects underway, volunteer resources for the field including training documents, and contact information for project staff.
- For project questions or to volunteer, please contact coordinator Aleah Jaeger (aleah (at) conservationnw.org).
- For snow tracking, contact David Moskowitz at davem (at) wildernessawareness.org.
See the new VIDEO and latest monitoring photos!
Thanks for all your work in the field and in the office! Visit our Cascades Citizen Wildlife Monitoring page to stay tuned to work in the Cascades and our statewide wildlife monitoring page to see what we are up to statewide and in British Columbia.
Remote cameras - Fill out the application below and we'll enter you into our volunteer pool for opportunities for next season. Once you have a team and are ready to enter the field, complete our volunteer liability agreement. It is important to sign and send these in before heading out to the field!
- Program application: Word doc (so that you can fill it out online) and PDF file.
- Volunteer liability agreement: Word doc (so that you can fill it out online) and PDF file.
Field volunteer protocols:
- Camera protocol (2015)
- Wolverine run pole station protocol
- Wolf camera trap protocols
- Grizzly bear camera trap protocols
- Lynx detection protocol
Other field documents
- Equipment checklist
- Data sheet
- Field team photo management guidelines
- Communications protocol
- Camera user guides: Bushnell Trophy Cam, Reconyx Rapidfire, Reconyx Hyperfire. Hard copies available in our Seattle office.
- Are you collecting hair samples at your site? Beyond the specific directions you should get from our staff in your site description, this chapter in the book, "Noninvasive Survey Methods for Carnivores."
- Digital TOPO maps for National Forest Service lands for download.
Volunteer travel reimbursements:
- Fill out the mileage reimbursement form each time you travel.
- Fill out and sign the ALEA travel voucher once per quarter.
- To gain reimbursement, you *must* submit volunteer travel forms during the month you traveled, and original copies must be mailed to our office.
- Email completed forms to Alison (a) conservationnw.org, or mail them to Alison Huyett, Conservation NW, 1829 10th Ave W Seattle, WA 98119.
Remote camera volunteers: The information above for our remote camera season still applies in winter with additional considerations for weather.
Wolverine snow trackers: As the snow falls each year, we hope to tap into the help of winter backcountry enthusiasts to record wolverine tracks in snow.
Recorded tracks and signs of wolverine are analyzed by qualified personnel to guide decisions about future efforts to document wolverines in the region through remote cameras, DNA sample collection, and further wolverine tracking efforts.
To complement in-person volunteer tracking trainings provided each winter by Dave Moskowitz of the Wilderness Awareness School, here's a document with the tools needed for novices to recognize and collect potential wolverine tracks while pursuing winter outdoor activities in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest.
For questions, or to submit signed, completed field documents: please contact us at alison (a) conservationnw.org
I-90 Snoqualmie Pass snow trackers: Training and leadership is provided annually by the Wilderness Awareness School, and each fall we begin recruiting for the next season.