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As a community-based organization, volunteers play a critical role in the implementation of our various projects and programs. CARP will work with interested volunteers to identify opportunities that suit individual skills and abilities. Many of our field-based volunteer roles are seasonal, with our busiest time of year is June through September.

If you are interested in volunteering please complete the application form. You can download the digital file and submit it by mail or e-mail, or use the electronic form below to submit your information.


Programs subject to change due to COVID-19

Wood Turtle Monitoring & Stewardship

Increasing the knowledge of wood turtle distribution and habitat use within the Annapolis River watershed, identification and protection of nest sites during their incubation period.  This data is shared to support provincial recovery efforts and support CARP’s private land stewardship program. 

Visual surveys
What: Volunteers are required to conduct visual surveys for wood turtles in various areas across the watershed. Trained volunteers can work independently and new volunteers can be paired with staff or experienced volunteers. Volunteers must complete effort cards and turtle observation cards, which capture data such as measurements, location, etc. 
Where: There are multiple locations across the watershed between Paradise and Aylesford. 
When: Late April to early July. ONLINE TRAINING TO BE SCHEDULED IN APRIL 2021***


Nest surveys
What: Volunteers are required to visit potential nesting sites to check for nesting activity. If nesting is observed it is document and a protective cover is placed on nests after all nesting activity has been completed. 
Where: Multiple locations. This will be shared directly with trained volunteers. 
When: June. 


Nest monitoring
What: Volunteers are required to conduct daily nest checks to look for emerging turtle hatchlings at covered nests after 60 days of incubation. If turtle hatchlings are observed data is collected for each individual. 
Where: Multiple locations across the watershed between Paradise and Aylesford. 

When: late August-October (variable). 

Nature Mentor Program

CARP is seeking experienced naturalists, ecologists, and scientists who are willing to share their knowledge and experience with others, in order to build community capacity for participation in citizen science programs. We will work one-on-one with individuals based on their skill set(s). These skills could include plant ID, bird identification by sight and/or sound, wildlife tracking, etc. 

What: Volunteer mentors will work with CARP to identify the skill(s) they would like to share, preferred location, appropriate timing, and other details (e.g. preferred age group to work with), so that novice naturalists can be paired with mentors. Mentors are asked to work with trainees in the field to help them develop new skills and gain confidence using them. 


Where: Flexible within the watershed (between Digby and Aylesford), based on the mentor.


When: Varies depending on topic/skill. 

Angler Monitoring Program

Angler data will create long-term data about fish species present in lakes and watercourses across the province. This data will be used to look for long term changes or for the detection of aquatic invasive species. 

What: Anglers will be required to visit a pre-determined location each year and report catch, effort, and other data using a standardized protocol. Anglers may monitor more than 1 location. 

Where: Lakes and watercourses across Nova Scotia. A list of priority places is being developed. 

When: Regular angling season based on provincial regulations (varies based on location and target species). 

Sand Barrens Monitor Program

Collect field data to help fill data gaps about the rare and unique Annapolis Valley Sand Barrens ecosystem. This data will be used to support efforts to develop a local conservation strategy in collaboration with government, industry, residents and other stakeholders. 

What: Visit assigned area of sandplain heathland habitat to collect data on a variety of taxa including plants, insects, birds, etc. Volunteers with experience identifying specific taxa can focus on these species. Data cards and instructions will be provided. Volunteers will need a cell phone with the iNaturalist app installed. 

Where: Sandplain heathland habitat is located in various areas between Middleton and Aylesford. 

When: Ideally we would like volunteers to conduct monthly visits between April-October. 

Bird Species at Risk Breeding Surveys

We are in need of volunteers who are able to identify birds by both sight and sound to conduct breeding surveys in areas of potential habitat. This data is used to guide our stewardship programs and contributes to provincial knowledge about species at risk. Some sites are located in forested wetland habitats, so we are looking for a few volunteers who don’t mind wet and bugs. 

"What: Volunteers will conduct point counts at assigned field sites. A survey protocol and data sheets will be provided. 

Where: There are a variety of locations across our watershed. 

When: Mid-May to end of July"

Field Activities

Each year we have a variety of field-based restoration and habitat enhancement projects on the go. The activities that these projects involve can include building structures to improve fish passage, tree planting, collecting or planting willow stakes, building or maintaining rain or pollinator gardens, etc. We need volunteers who don’t mind getting dirty. On occasion we also need people to help with some heavy lifting. 

What: This varies from season to season. Check in to see what is on the go. 

Where: Various locations between Digby and Aylesford. 

When: This varies, but most field work happens between April and the end of October. 

Striped Bass Research and Outreach

In conjunction with the Striped Bass Research Team, CARP is gathering data to determine the structure and composition of the Bay of Fundy striped bass population. This is important for developing appropriate and effective conservation efforts. 

What: Recreational anglers can assist us by providing catch data for striped bass. We will provide logbooks and instructions on what data to collect.  

Where: Coastal, estuarine, and other aquatic habitats across Nova Scotia

When: Anytime. 

Special Events

Support for special events (workshops, lectures, etc.) such as assisting with set up, promoting events, taking registration, etc. 

What: CARP hosts a variety of public outreach events. This included guided hikes, workshops, lectures, etc. 

Where: Variable across the watershed. 

When: Variable throughout the year.

Board of Directors

CARP's board provides direction, guidance and oversight to the organization's operations and finances. Board members have a responsibility to the organization, staff, volunteers, as well as the members of the organization. Board members meet monthly. Additional information, including Terms of Reference, are available to provide more information about this role.  

What: Participation in monthly Board meetings; participation in committees as needed; support for Board driven events (fundraisers, membership drives, etc.)

Where: Meetings are currently held virtually due to COVID-19.

When: The third Tuesday of the month at 5:30 PM. 

Frog Watch 

This program involves identifying the presence of different frog species and estimation of abundance by listening to frog breeding calls. Our focus is on monitoring at a wetland restoration site in the Town of Middleton, but volunteers can participate from anywhere in the watershed. 

What: Visit set field sites and document frogs by ear based on their mating call. 

Where: Town of Middleton. Additional sites across the watershed can also be surveyed. 

When: April-August

Volunteer Application Form 

Which opportunites are you intersted in learning more about?
When are you most likely to have time available to volunteer?

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