Volunteers play a critical role in maintaining the scenic beauty and biological richness of the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed. From improving trails, restoring habitat, and protecting endangered species, Marin Water has a variety of volunteer opportunities available to match your skills, interests, and available time.
Marin Water follows all current Covid safety protocols. Volunteers will receive sanitized tools and gloves; no tools will be shared. Staff will emphasize what a minimum distance of six feet looks like and why social distancing is important to maintain throughout the program. Volunteers must bring their own water and food. Masks will be required outdoors when gathering with other people.
We are currently offering the following programs:
Tamalpais Bee Lab
One Tam continues to monitor and understand more about Mt. Tamalpais’ wild bees and other pollinators. This work stems from One Tam's Peak Health report. The initial survey from 2017 yielded remarkable results, recording 32 genera and 122 bee species from 20 sites managed by Marin Water and California State Parks!
Community science volunteers play a critical role in this study by pinning, sorting, and labeling specimens collected from the field. Join us to learn more about Marin’s winged pollinators and gain skills in scientific collections management and insect identification. To comply with COVID-19 safety protocols, these events are limited to 12 pre-registered individuals. For more information, or to sign up as a volunteer, visit One Tam's website: onetam.org/tamalpais-bee-lab.
Watershed Litter Cleanup
Ready to get some fresh air and contribute to keeping the watershed clean? Join us for a watershed cleanup: We are looking for volunteers to remove trash from high-use areas, along waterways, and trails. This work protects critical habitats and waterways—clean areas promote responsible behavior. We will provide trash bags and sanitized trash-grabber tools.
This activity is suitable for individuals or small groups. We can work with a group of volunteers to run a litter cleanup event or we can train an individual or a family to conduct self-led cleanups. . All participants must follow strict safety precautions and social distancing guidelines.
Please email us at VolunteerProgram@MarinWater.org or call 415.945.1169 to sign-up. Contact us to schedule an orientation, and to pick up sanitized gear. Once you have completed the orientation, you may hunt for litter whenever you are out on the watershed.
Throughout the year, we have opportunities to learn about Mt. Tamalpais' unique plant and animal life while contributing to their continued survival. Individuals, groups, non-profit organizations, and families are all invited and encouraged to attend. This program focuses on invasive species control with a special emphasis on French Broom and Douglas-fir. We always try to select sites that are both scenic and accessible.
We have resumed our broom pull events! We have modified our volunteer activities to comply with physical distancing guidelines and to help protect our community. We are hosting independent and small group habitat restoration activities on the watershed. Group events generally take place on the third Saturday of every month. Check our calendar for times, locations and additional dates.
Habitat restoration events are suitable for ages eight and up. Volunteers under 16 must be accompanied by an adult, and all volunteers under age 18 must bring a permission form signed by a parent or guardian.
Marin Water collaborates with One Tam and partners like Slow & Say Hello to share updates about park programs and events. Staff and volunteer ambassadors are stationed with the One Tam mobile visitor center – aka the Tam van - at various locations on and off the mountain. They are a great presence and resource, serving and engaging our community. Ambassadors strengthen our ties with the passionate community of trail runners, hikers, nature seekers, and other user groups. Watershed Ambassadors receive public outreach training which includes communication strategies, developing outreach goals, and resources on timely topics. Please contact us if you would like to receive training to become an Ambassador.
Volunteer Permission Slip
Please review our Volunteer Permission Slip for additional details about volunteering with Marin Water.