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We monitor streams, and
we do it well.

Volunteer Intake

Thanks for your interest in Streamkeepers!  To learn more about our program, read the “Program Overview” in our Volunteer Handbook.  After you’ve gotten a sense of the “lay of the land” (or water, as it were), we should set up a phone or in-person appointment so we can talk over your possible involvement.

VOLUNTEER INTAKE:  To volunteer with Clallam County:

  • Print (one-sided) and turn in this volunteer application to the County Human Resources Department in the basement of the County Courthouse (east end of building, next to the outside stairs leading down), 360-417-2396, Or you can pick up a copy of the application there. On those forms:
    • Volunteer Application:
      • If you might be doing work in the Streamkeepers office, indicate that you’ll need access to a County computer.
      • If you might be driving to monitoring sites (rather than simply to the team’s rendezvous site) or to pick up/drop off kits, indicate that you intend to drive on behalf of the County.
    • Request for Driving Record: If you intend to drive on behalf of the County:
      • You must request a State Driving Abstract ( - select the “complete record”). Note the instructions at the bottom of the County form about how to get reimbursed.
      • Along with the Abstract, you’ll need to bring in your Driver’s License and proof of insurance to the HR office.
    • Personal History Release: This can be notarized at no charge at the HR office.
    • Volunteer Service Agreement:
      • Department: Roads
      • County employee responsible for supervision: Streamkeepers coordinator
      • Period during which volunteer duties are to be performed: You can say “Until termination” if it’s open-ended.
  • Once your background check is complete, HR will reach out to you and set up your orientation and training modules, required to keep the County in compliance with its insurance policies OSHA/WISHA, Risk Management, and County Policies. You don’t need to print your training certifications, but you might want to print your driver’s training certification for a discount on your insurance.
  • If you want to “get your feet wet” and work one day with a team to get a sense of what we do before getting approved by HR, please fill out the One-Day Supervised Volunteer Application.
  • You can read the County volunteer policies at section 210.80 of the County Personnel Policies.

CALENDAR:  We try to keep track of upcoming activities with our Streamkeepers online calendar, where you can sign on as a “guest”.  If you’d like to accompany any of these activities to see what they’re like, contact us.  (Note:  some months are more active than others, and a lot of our activities never make it onto the calendar.)

TEAMS:  Our work is all done through volunteer teams, and hopefully you'll join one or more of those teams.  If you haven't already signed up for teams, please look over this teams list then let us know which teams you'd like to join, and at what level.  You can either fill the form out and mail it to us, or email or call us with the information.

PROTOCOLS:  The core of our program is our quarterly ambient monitoring teams, but there are lots of other teams you can also join.  If you want to get involved in field monitoring activities, you'll want to review the protocols in our Volunteer Handbook.  We can give you a hard copy if you come in.

  • If you'll be doing basic quarterly ambient monitoring, look over all the sections in the "Know Before You Go" and "Basic Quarterly Monitoring" sections ("Compass" chapter optional).  Also look over the appropriate data forms to get an idea of what data gets recorded.
  • If you know that you'll be helping a team which is collecting either benthic macroinvertebrate or bacteria samples, read those sections in the Handbook.

LEARNING:  Our big annual training usually happens in the summer, but in between you can learn "on the job."  In some cases you'll be able to get one-on-one instruction, depending on which team you join.  But even with just a bit of knowledge, you'll soon be able to help teams by recording data, reciting instructions, etc.

NEWSLETTER:  Our newsletter, In the Flow, comes out on a very occasional basis.  Let us know if you’d prefer electronic or hard copy delivery.

EMAIL LISTS:  We generally communicate via email and offer two levels of email lists:

  • The "SK-only" list would only send you information directly related to Streamkeepers.  We send a message out to this list once every few weeks.
  • The "SK+" list would send you information about not only Streamkeepers activities, but also other watershed-related activities and information that we hear about.  We usually send out several messages per week to this list.

Let us know which level you'd like to be on.

Thanks for volunteering!  We look forward to working with you