Volunteer for the James
Join our effort to protect and restore America’s Founding River
Whether it’s getting your hands dirty with one of our Watershed Restoration projects, acting as a voice for the river through our Advocacy efforts or helping out with office tasks, there is a job for everyone to play a part in making a cleaner James River.
Patrol your river
Our RiverRats program, now with over 200 volunteers, involves extensive training. RiverRats carry out at least three river patrols and one community action project per year. Action projects range from simply attending James River Association outreach events to tagging and tracking Atlantic Sturgeon with VCU researchers!
Monitor water quality
Volunteers undergo training and follow our rigorous sampling protocol to upload river data (e.g., bacteria levels and turbidity) directly to our James River Watch website, which provides users with nearly real-time citizen-sourced data on river conditions from Memorial Day to Labor Day each year.
Increase stormwater pollution awareness
Volunteers use the stencils and spray paint to install art on storm drains across the Richmond region in order to increases public awareness of stormwater pollution and celebrate the native plant and animal species that call the James River home.
Get your hands dirty
Volunteers plant trees, remove invasive plant species, clean up trash, assemble and install rain barrels, build rain gardens, and more.
Educate the next generation of river stewards
Trained volunteers assist with educational events, in-class lessons, and work as a certified First Mate on our education vessel.
Cleanup the James River
Interested in helping to keep the James River and public spaces on its banks clean? Volunteer with one of the following organizations to clean up trash before it reaches the James River.