Citizen Scientist Volunteer

Are you looking to gain valuable experience monitoring water quality, following scientific protocols, and exploring Vancouver's unique urban waterways? Become a citizen scientist with our Vancouver Water Monitoring Program and sign up for a shift below!

Fraser Riverkeeper staff and volunteers collect bi-weekly water samples on Thursdays which are then analyzed in our lab on Friday. Your role will be to collect samples and record environmental observations alongside the Vancouver Water Monitoring Coordinator, Katie Moore. With your help, we can provide Vancouverites with reliable and consistent recreational water quality data, ensuring that they can protect their health and enjoy local waters without fear of illness.

What is citizen science? According to National Geographic, "Citizen science is the practice of public participation and collaboration in scientific research to increase scientific knowledge. Through citizen science, people share and contribute to data monitoring and collection programs." We aim to connect people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds, to their local waters, by collecting water quality data, sharing that data for free, online, on our website and Swim Guide, and engaging them in citizen science practices through volunteer opportunities (below) and pollution reports.

By becoming a Citizen Scientist with Fraser Riverkeeper, you can expect to:

  • Gain experience using equipment to measure physical water quality parameters including temperature, Dissolved Oxygen, Conductivity, pH
  • Collect water samples for biological indicators of E.coli following scientific protocols
  • Record environmental observations including flora and fauna identification and sources of pollution
  • Explore Vancouver's urban waterfront- Meet new people, gaining experience working as a team in the field

Volunteer Shifts

December 12 - False Creek Water Monitoring

Join our team of citizen scientists who sample bi-weekly on Thursdays in False Creek. We will travel around False Creek via bicycle to three sites, Olympic Village, Brokers' Bay (Granville Island), and Vanier Park. Volunteers join our Vancouver Water Monitoring Coordinator, Katie Moore, in collecting recreational water quality samples and environmental data. 

You can sign up for the full shift, 8:30 am to 12:00 pm, or sign up for individual shifts.

Shift Options

Here's what you will need
  1. Bike, bike lock & helmet (if you are travelling to multiple sites)
  2. Weather appropriate clothing & sunscreen
  3. Snacks & a full water bottle
Requirements
  • Interest in water quality
  • Availability Thursdays mornings
  • Attention to detail
  • Positive attitude

 

Do you have a question about volunteering? Contact Katie Moore, Vancovuer Water Monitoring Coordinator, at katie@swimdrinkfish.ca

January 9 - False Creek Water Monitoring

Join our team of citizen scientists who sample bi-weekly on Thursdays in False Creek. We will travel around False Creek via bicycle to three sites, Olympic Village, Brokers' Bay (Granville Island), and Vanier Park. Volunteers join our Vancouver Water Monitoring Coordinator, Katie Moore, in collecting recreational water quality samples and environmental data. 

You can sign up for the full shift, 8:30 am to 12:00 pm, or sign up for individual shifts.

Shift Options

Here's what you will need
  1. Bike, bike lock & helmet (if you are travelling to multiple sites)
  2. Weather appropriate clothing & sunscreen
  3. Snacks & a full water bottle
Requirements
  • Interest in water quality
  • Availability Thursdays mornings
  • Attention to detail
  • Positive attitude

 

Do you have a question about volunteering? Contact Katie Moore, Vancovuer Water Monitoring Coordinator, at katie@swimdrinkfish.ca

January 23 - False Creek Water Monitoring

Join our team of citizen scientists who sample bi-weekly on Thursdays in False Creek. We will travel around False Creek via bicycle to three sites, Olympic Village, Brokers' Bay (Granville Island), and Vanier Park. Volunteers join our Vancouver Water Monitoring Coordinator, Katie Moore, in collecting recreational water quality samples and environmental data. 

You can sign up for the full shift, 8:30 am to 12:00 pm, or sign up for individual shifts.

Shift Options

Here's what you will need
  1. Bike, bike lock & helmet (if you are travelling to multiple sites)
  2. Weather appropriate clothing & sunscreen
  3. Snacks & a full water bottle
Requirements
  • Interest in water quality
  • Availability Thursdays mornings
  • Attention to detail
  • Positive attitude

 

Do you have a question about volunteering? Contact Katie Moore, Vancovuer Water Monitoring Coordinator, at katie@swimdrinkfish.ca

Thanks to our supporters

  • Ecomarine
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  • Woodtone
  • TD Friends of the Environment
  • Telus
  • Progressive Waste Solutions
  • Ocean Ambassadors
  • RBC Blue Water Project
  • BC Hydro
  • DM Foundation
  • City of North Vancouver
  • Jack Johnson
  • Flowlink