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.

earth day!

earth day!

Come join us at the Theler Wetlands for an Earth Day celebration! We will be taking care of the wetland habitat and removing several species of invasive plants from the area. By removing invasive species and preparing the wetlands for spring, you will be helping our native plants thrive and conserving a vital native ecosystem that supports Washington’s wild salmon populations. This is a perfect event for all – including families with young kids!

Event Schedule:

  • Arts and Crafts Fold and cut paper to make your own paper salmon!
  • Salmon Hazards: The Game A Salmon’s life is a tough journey. This
  • carnival-style game will test your dexterity as you maneuver around the
  • various hazards they face. How many salmon can you lead back to
  • spawn?
  • And more! Themed coloring pages, Theler Wetlands Earth Day Bingo.

Help us care for the important habitat at Theler Wetlands. Volunteer efforts at Theler will not only support a strong and productive ecosystem, benefitting keystone species like salmon, but also help breathe new life into an educational cornerstone of the community.

Join us for a guided walk of Theler Wetlands. Learn more about the history of the site, both human and ecological, and meet some of our favorite native plants along the way.

Bring a mini garden home today! Kids will learn how to start their very own garden including proper planting techniques, selecting good companion crops, and more. Planting kits will be available starting at noon until we run out. [Limited supply. Kits available on a first come basis]

Join us for a guided walk of Theler Wetlands. Learn more about the history of the site, both human and ecological, and meet some of our favorite native plants along the way.

Event Details:

April 20th

10am-2pm

The Theler Wetlands

22641 WA-3, Belfair, WA 98528

Drop-ins are welcome, but sign-ups are appreciated!

food forest work party

food forest work party

Help us maintain our new Food Forest! Our Food Forest will become part of the U-Pick garden, containing fruit, berry, and nut trees and shrubs which will feed folks and wildlife for years to come. We will be weeding and mulching young plants. Expect to weed, remove invasive blackberry, and move and spread bark mulch.

  • Please dress for the weather.
  • We have gloves available but encourage you to bring your own if you have them.

Event Details:

Friday, May 10th

1pm – 3pm

At the Salmon Center

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:

April 18th: 1-4PM

April 27th: 10AM-1PM

May 17th: 1PM – 3PM

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.