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.
To address health concerns about group gatherings during COVID-19, many of our volunteer programs on the watershed are on hold.
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. We host a morning and afternoon session on these Saturdays: October 9, 16, 23 and 30; November 6 and 20. 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.
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.
Volunteer Permission Slip
Please review our Volunteer Permission Slip for additional details about volunteering with Marin Water.