Volunteer Job Descriptions
Already a member but want to get more involved?
There are lots of ways to help protect clean water right where you live! Here are some brief descriptions of our various volunteer positions. CLICK HERE to fill out the volunteer form once you know how you would like to get involved.
Most of our volunteer work does not fit within a standard schedule with the exception of Office Assistant and Adopt-A-Stream Monitors. For all other volunteer positions, your contact information will be added to job-specific email lists. When we have specific volunteer needs, we will contact these lists in order to solicit your help.
Office Assistant – will have semi-regular hours in our office, helping ORK staff with various assignments including mailings, office organization, social media and website content updates, event planning, and other special projects. Preferred skills include basic computing with Microsoft Office, social networking, strong written and verbal communication, interest in ORKs mission, and the ability to take initiative and work independently.
Adopt-A-Stream Water Quality Monitor – will help ORK to keep an eye on the health of local waterways through one of the following types of water quality monitoring: chemical (most common), bacterial, or biological (macroinvertebrate). This position requires the volunteer to attend an Adopt-A-Stream workshop to become certified in water quality monitoring. ORK will provide training and equipment.
Education Assistant – will help ORK staff to communicate our mission and the importance of our work in educational settings. This will include classroom programs, Adopt-A-Stream workshops, and local festivals. These volunteers will also assist in the development of educational materials to be utilized in ORK programs. Preferred skills include excellent verbal and written communication, some experience as an educator, a solid base of knowledge concerning natural sciences and environmental issues, and a strong interest in ORKs mission and work.
Events Staff – will help ORK run our many outreach and fundraising events. Responsibilities may include selling merchandise, running registration, serving food and beverages, selling raffle tickets, or set-up/clean-up. Volunteers do not have to pay for admission at the event they are working unless otherwise noted. Preferred skills include attention to details, strong initiative, and a deep enthusiasm for ORKs mission and work.
*CONTACT US if you are interested in helping to plan these events and join our Events Committee.
Designers (brochures, shirts, etc) – will help ORK to design and create promotional materials, annual reports, shirts, rack cards, save the dates, and other special projects. Preferred skills include formal design experience and basic to advanced computing skills in Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, etc.
Boat Captain – will help ORK gain access to different sections of the Ogeechee and its tributaries via motorboat for the purpose of complaint investigation, research, clean-ups, or safety boat (during a paddle trip). Boat Captains must have their own boat.
Paddle Trip Guide – will assist ORK staff during paddle trips. Paddle Trip Guides will work alongside ORK staff and may be asked to be lead, sweep, or safety boat during our monthly paddle trips. Guides are also expected to assist participants during paddle trips with informal paddle instruction and rescues if necessary. These volunteers will also be invited to accompany ORK staff on scout trips prior to the monthly paddle trips. Preferred skills include formal paddle training in technique as well as rescues.
*We try to arrange guest speakers (naturalists, historians, researchers, etc) to accompany us on our monthly paddle trips. CONTACT US if you or someone you know would be interested in speaking during one of our trips.
One-off Events – these volunteers require no special training or experience, just a desire to help keep our water clean. One-off events include clean-ups (on water and on land) and storm drain stenciling.
*CONTACT US if you have a class, civic club, or religious group that is interested in organizing a private event.
Now that you know what we are looking for, head back over to our Volunteer page to fill out the form!