Volunteer

Volunteers make our work possible. From data collection at fish traps, habitat restoration, support at fundraising events, and education programs, so much of what we do is made possible by the dedicated and passionate involvement of our community.

You will not be able to sign-up without registering first.

Volunteer

Volunteers make our work possible. From data collection at fish traps, habitat restoration, support at fundraising events, and education programs, so much of what we do is made possible by the dedicated and passionate involvement of our community.

You will not be able to sign-up without registering first.

hood canal salmon run!

Hood canal salmon run!

June 15th  |  At the Salmon Center

June 15th

At the Salmon Center

Calling all enthusiastic Salmon Center supporters! The Hood Canal Salmon Run is in need of a team of volunteers to help our first annual event hit the ground running (pun intended!) A variety of race day volunteer roles are available and accommodations for varying degrees of mobility can be made for many of the roles.

30th annual Day of caring

30th annual day of caring

June 21st

9am-1pm

Belfair, WA

Join HCSEG for the largest one day volunteer event across Kitsap County! We will be hosting two volunteer events this day, we hope to see you out at our Farm at Water’s Edge or the Theler Wetlands:

Farm at Water’s Edge Community Garden Upkeep

Join us at Farm at Water’s Edge for a day of upkeep in our community garden! Volunteers will assist in weeding, mulching, planting, or other garden activities.

Theler Wetlands Restoration

Volunteers will assist in activities to enhance and maintain the Theler Wetlands, supporting the local ecosystem. Activities will include removing invasive species such as blackberry and ivy.

Parking is by the Mary E. Theler Learning Center. HCSEG staff will be at the parking area to direct volunteers to follow the walking trail to reach the event.

big beef creek stewardship

big beef creek stewardship

June 22nd

10am-2pm

Seabeck, WA. 98380

Join us for a day of stewardship on Big Beef Creek! We will be working on removing invasive Yellow Flag Iris by cutting stems near and under the water line. Work will involve using tools such as loppers, machetes, sickles, and shovels.

Waders are required! Please bring them if you have them. We will have a handful for volunteers to borrow.

You will not be able to sign-up without registering as a volunteer first. Click here to register.

coho & steelhead outmigration

coho & steelhead outmigration

Are you passionate about salmon and steelhead? Do you want to be a part of a study to monitor three wild salmon and steelhead populations in Hood Canal? Do you want to learn a ton about juvenile fish and help out with this important work? If your answers are yes, plus you just want to have some fun in the outdoors, then you are in the right place!

We are seeking volunteers to help monitor juvenile smolt traps on the Tahuya, Dewatto, and Little Quilcene Rivers as part of the Hood Canal Wild Steelhead and Coho Outmigration Project! As a volunteer you will assist HCSEG staff and interns to conduct rotary screw trap checks and learn about fish sampling protocols. All personal flotation devices/waders/boots/equipment will be provided!

Volunteer Info:

Volunteer slots are available every day of the week!

April – May

Shifts start at 8am

Meet at the Salmon Center

You will not be able to sign-up without registering as a volunteer first. Click here to register.

chum trap: outmigration

chum trap: outmigration

Are you passionate about salmon? Do you want to contribute and learn a ton too? Help us monitor juvenile chum salmon on the Union River! Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group has been researching juvenile chum abundance, timing, and productivity for the past six years and we are seeking volunteers to help during the 2024 chum trapping season. As a volunteer you will assist HCSEG staff and interns to conduct rotary screw trap checks and learn about fish sampling protocols. All training, waders, and boots will be provided! Besides identifying and counting the fish in the trap, volunteers are encouraged to participate in the DNA sampling as well.

Volunteer Info:

Volunteer slots are available every day of the week!

January – May

9am-12pm

Meet at the Salmon Center

You will not be able to sign-up without registering as a volunteer first. Click here to register.

garden work parties

garden work parties

Join us at a Farm at Water’s Edge volunteer work party! Farm at Water’s Edge is a certified organic farm providing our community with seasonal, fresh produce on a donation only basis. It also serves as an education tool for students and demonstrates how responsible, sustainable agriculture can coexist with salmon habitat. This is a great opportunity to support this community resource, as well as ask any of your garden questions to our knowledgeable staff and participating volunteers!

Volunteers can expect to help us weed, harvest, remove invasive species, turn compost, and/or plant in the garden. Please remember to check the weather before you come. We recommend wearing closed toed shoes, sun protection and bringing a water bottle.

This a great opportunity for all! Individuals, friends, families and kids. See you on the Farm!

The Salmon Center / 600 NE Roessel RD. / Belfair, WA 98528

Volunteer Dates:

June 22nd: 10am-12pm

Summer is in session! Come learn how we manage a small organic farm in the summer. Enjoy the sunshine and blooms of the season!

June 29th: 10am-12pm

Wacky Hat Work Party! Wear your silliest, frilliest, craziest hat! Learn how we manage a small organic farm in the summer. Enjoy the sunshine and blooms of the season!

We encourage sign-ups but drop-ins are welcome!

compost turning volunteer

compost turning volunteer

Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays

9am

At the Salmon Center / 600 NE Roessel RD. Belfair Wa

Help us keep our compost composting! An important element of composting is turning – this incorporates oxygen and rearranges materials, giving everything a chance to breakdown. 

Compost Turning Shifts are on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 9am. (If you can’t come at that time, you are welcome to suggest an alternative but please note that in your sign-up so we know when to expect you.)

Wear boots or shoes that can get muddy. Gloves available but we welcome you to bring your own!

You will not be able to sign-up without registering as a volunteer first. Click here to register.

Farm At Water's edge animal feeder

farm at water's edge animal feeder

We’re looking for volunteers to feed the farm animals!

On the farm we have chickens, ducks, a rabbit, pygmy goats, alpacas, and llamas. The whole family is welcome, although kids must be supervised by adults.

Volunteers sign up for as many or few shifts as they’d like. We have shifts on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and occasional weekends and holidays. Feeding is done in the morning.

Please fill out this form if you’re interested in becoming one of our volunteer feeders! We will be in touch to schedule a volunteer training.

Questions? Email heather@pnwsalmoncenter.org

farm at water's edge animal upkeep

farm at water's edge animal upkeep

Volunteer to help with upkeep of the Farm at Water’s Edge animal enclosures!

Activities include: cleaning water troughs/containers; raking and removing animal bedding; scooping animal manure; adding manure to our compost piles; laying clean bedding.

Please come to your volunteer shift prepared for the weather and wearing shoes that can get muddy.

Volunteers should be comfortable working with livestock (alpacas, llamas, goats, chickens, ducks, rabbit).

First time volunteers with HCSEG must register as a volunteer here.

After your shift, please log your hours here.