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VARTF Site Monitoring Program

The Nature Conservancy’s Virginia Aquatic Resources Trust Fund (VARTF) is a mitigation program which acquires stream and wetland conservation projects throughout Virginia in order to compensate for impacts to streams and wetlands permitted by state and federal regulatory agencies.

Opportunities are currently available at the Powers site in Chesapeake and the Gwathmey site in King William County (30 miles from Richmond).  Additional locations will be announced soon.

Volunteers are needed to monitor and report on the sites 4 times a year (once each season). More monitoring visits may be required depending on the site, such as after storm events. Job duties may include:

  • Hiking the property to check for signs of trespass, vandalism, site fluctuations in water levels, animal/beaver activity, storm damage/changes, invasive issues, etc
  • Taking photos to document site conditions
  • Site inspection following certain storm events to assess stability
  • Helping staff with hydrology well maintenance or other site specific projects such as tree tube maintenance/removal, etc
  • Leading other volunteers for larger workdays as needed

Volunteers must be comfortable working outside in various weather conditions year-round with exposure to ticks, briars, mud, and swampy conditions. Volunteers should also be physically fit and able to work independently.

On-site training with TNC staff is provided and includes a Training will include a site specific monitoring handbook. 

If interested please contact Jen Dalke, volunteer program manager at or 434-951-0572 (w) or 540-335-1302 (c).


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