Volunteer Resource Page

Hello Carolina Wetlands Association Volunteers and Welcome to the Volunteer Wetlands Monitoring Program!

We are thrilled to welcome you to the team of people that will participate in the Pilot Volunteer Wetlands Monitoring Program.

This is an exciting time for the Carolina Wetlands Association as we partner with NC State University and RTI International to launch this program that is a result of a grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Marbled Salamander

Thanks to the expertise of Thomas Reed from Wake County, we were able to find and identify several  salamanders in our Amphibian Survey on February 19th and 20th, 2022.

View all of the iNaturalist Observations from the February Monitoring Visits HERE > 

Wetland Site Visit Summary Posts

Safety Guide

Please read through the entirety of the VWMP Field Safety Guide

This guide covers everything you need to know about staying safe during our wetland monitoring visits. The Carolina Wetlands Association requires that all VWMP volunteers read this document.

(Be certain that you are in agreement with the Carolina Wetlands Association Covid-19 requirements in Appendix 1)

Schedule for Volunteers

TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2022

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Meet & Greet

Location: Gizmo Brew Works – Chapel Hill Taproom & Bottle Shop

Visit Facebook Event Page HERE >



Volunteer Outing, Hike and Discussion About NC Wetlands Assessment Methods (NCWAM)



Tentative Dates for Future Monitoring Days

  • September 10th and 11th
  • December 3rd and 4th

Wetland Information

Training and Demonstration Videos

Wetland Water Sampling, Monitoring and Measuring – Training Videos
Water Level Monitoring Volunteer Training Video (5:14)
Water Quality Sampling Volunteer Training Video (2:39)
Collecting Water Measurements Volunteer Training Video (3:03)
Field Work 101 – Optional Training – For volunteers with limited or no experience in field work.
Field Work 101 - Slide Deck PDF
Field Work 101 - Optional Training Video (6:18)
Volunteer Welcome & Orientation Presentation
Welcome and Orientation Presentation - Slide Deck PDF
Welcome and Orientation Presentation - Recording of 1/12/2022 Event (53:28)

Get Familiar with iNaturalist

  • Download the iNaturalist App (available on iPhone and Android) and use it around your neighborhood or favorite park.
  • Watch this short video showing how to make an observation on iNaturalist:  https://vimeo.com/162581545 (1 min, 24 secs)
  • Join the North Carolina Pilot Volunteer Wetlands Monitoring Program project by searching on the app or visiting: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/north-carolina-volunteer-wetland-monitoring-pilot-program

Note: Your practice observations will not be saved to the VWMP project. We will only add observations from the VWMP study areas on our monitoring days into the project.

Links To Other Resources