Our mission is to build a passion in our community for nature and the environment through education, experience and action.

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Get Involved with Harbor Watch

Become a volunteer! Participate in our hands-on education programs! Join as a Friend of Harbor Watch! 

Harbor Watch Summer Volunteers
Harbor Watch conducts the majority of its research in the summer and engages volunteers assist on all monitoring projects.

Volunteer requirements are flexible. Volunteers range in age from high school freshmen to senior citizens and their time commitment can be as little as twice a month or as much as five days a week. Each individual can sign up for projects that interest them, whether that means sticking with one project all summer and becoming a specific waterway expert, or lending a hand on a variety of projects to see how all parts of the watershed are connected. However, we do recommend a consistent schedule so that volunteers grasp the skills needed to properly collect and analyze data. Please contact harborwatch@earthplace.org for the monitoring schedule.

Additionally, organizations such as the Westport League of Women’s Voters and the Coast Guard Auxiliary work with Harbor Watch to set up monitoring schedules and are the sole monitors for specific waterways. Feel free to ask us how your organization can get involved!

Senior Internships
The Senior Internship Program, offered by a number of area schools, places high school seniors in intensive internships at various potential career field venues during the last month of school. As one of the internship sites, Harbor Watch gives these seniors hands-on experience in real science research. Interns form teams for field and lab monitoring and work in all aspects of laboratory upkeep and supply maintenance. Check with your guidance officer for more information on your school’s participation in this program.

Paid Summer Internships
Harbor Watch works in conjunction with the City of Norwalk to provide two college students with the chance to work in water quality monitoring. The intern’s time is split between the City’s Health Department monitoring public beach water quality and assisting Harbor Watch on Norwalk River and tributary monitoring efforts. Interns will be trained by Harbor Watch staff to become team leaders and lead volunteers out in the field and the laboratory. Over the course of the summer interns will learn how to use water quality monitoring equipment, proper monitoring techniques, laboratory maintenance, and supply upkeep. At the end of the summer, the interns will be trained in data analysis.

If interested, please send your resume to harborwatch@earthplace.org. Interviews are conducted between Thanksgiving and mid-January to accommodate students on winter break. Decisions are made by the end of February.