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Volunteer Opportunities

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General Volunteers

Where: Fairview Farm Wildlife Preserve

When: Flexible

Time Commitment: Flexible

Duties: Friendly, detail-oriented volunteers needed to help with a variety of projects.

Contact: Trish McGuire at (908)234-1852 x 324 or email


Program/Event Volunteers

Where: Varied

When: Year round

Time Commitment: Event specific

Duties: Willing to work with the public; help with set-up and clean-up at RHA events; put up posters and flyers; work various activity stations….

Events include but are not limited to: Old Fashioned Country Fair (October), Lantern Walk (November), Earth Day Events (April) and Ride for the River (June).

 View our events

Contact: Trish McGuire at (908)234-1852 x 324 or email


Corporate Volunteers

Watershed Heroes

Watershed Heroes is a rewarding corporate volunteer and team building program that addresses the growing need for water protection in our communities by providing corporations and civic groups with an opportunity to learn, and apply clean water principles. These projects not only work to enhance water quality, but also act as positive team building experiences that promote communication and teamwork among corporate and civic volunteers.

Contact: Trish McGuire at (908)234-1852 x 324 or email


Stream Cleanup

Where: At numerous sites throughout Hunterdon, Morris and Somerset Counties

When: Saturday, April 22

Time Commitment: 9:00 a.m. – Noon

Duties: This is an annual region-wide volunteer event perfect for individuals, families, students, scout groups, church groups, service clubs and other community groups who want to get involved in protecting our watershed.

We also rely on volunteer site coordinators to pick up the Stream Cleanup materials from the RHA office prior to the event, organize the volunteers assigned to their site the day of the cleanup, and return the paperwork and leftover materials to RHA.

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Contact: Angela Gorczyca at 908.234.1852 x 315 or email


Stream Monitoring

Where: 57 sites within the headwaters region of the Raritan River in Hunterdon, Morris and Somerset Counties

When: Last two weeks in June

Time Commitment: Monitors attend a half-day spring training session and then spend about one-and-a-half hours at each site they monitor

Duties: Explore your local streams and watershed through this hands-on project. Volunteers typically work in teams, with 2 to 4 individuals per team. Each team selects the site(s) it wishes to monitor, and volunteers are paired up according to the streams they are most interested in studying. Teams select the date and time for their monitoring session. RHA provides all necessary equipment.

Once at the site, volunteers follow the protocol learned at the training session. Volunteers conduct a visual assessment of a stream segment, measure stream flow and note other conditions, collect a stream sample and complete the necessary paperwork.

RHA is also looking for site coordinators. Site coordinators are responsible for recruiting volunteers, selecting a day to monitor, and picking up and returning stream monitoring equipment to the RHA office.

Stream Monitoring Map

Contact: Angela Gorczyca at 908.234-1852 ext. 315 or email


Stewardship Volunteers

Where: Various preserved lands in Hunterdon, Morris and Somerset Counties

When: Ongoing

Time Commitment: Flexible

Duties: Stewardship activities include trail creation and maintenance, invasive plant removal, site surveying, photography, and various other activities on RHA’s preserves as well as on properties owned by our land trust partners. Stewardship work can be heavy and messy at times, but is always gratifying! Contact us for more information and to add your name to our volunteer roster.

Contact: George Schaberg at (908)234-1852 x 328 or email


River Ambassadors

Where: Throughout the watershed, in Hunterdon, Somerset and Morris Counties

When: Ongoing

Time Commitment: 2 – 3 hour shifts

Duties: Help spread awareness about the importance of leaving no trace at the streams and rivers enjoyed by swimmers, fishermen, kayakers and boaters. River Ambassadors will table at community events and locals parks, and present information to recreational groups. No experience necessary. Training provided.

Contact: Trish McGuire at (908)234-1852 x 324  or email


CONNECT WITH YOUR FELLOW VOLUNTEERS!

For nearly 60 years, Raritan Headwaters has been your Watershed Watchdog. And we have not done it alone. The time, energy and commitment of our volunteers is so incredibly important to our work protecting clean water now and for the future. We’ve created a Facebook group for past, present and future RHA volunteers to keep you informed, inspired and connected with one another. This group is a platform for all, as a community of like-minded individuals, who see the value in service and understand the importance of our role in the environment. Please share your watershed inspired photos here too.