Volunteers are crucial to Catawba Riverkeeper’s success to protect local water quality. With a small staff, the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation relies on a strong network of volunteers to serve in our education, engagement, and protection programs.

Volunteer Opportunities

Monthly Public Cleanup Events

Riversweep – Saturday, October 1

Choose from 40+ cleanup sites across the basin. You can sign up as an individual, as a family, or register a group (ex. Scout Troop, Youth Group, Beta Club, etc.)

Learn more and sign up at catawbariversweep.org.

Clean up in your neighborhood or cove!

You can make a difference! Pick up trash while you’re out on a walk, a jog, or paddle. Every little bit helps!

You can buy your very own collapsible, reusable trash collecting bag to take with you on walks/runs. Buy now for $5.

Tell us what you what you find! Tag us on social media.

Corporate/Private Group Cleanups

TIAA ESNC Corporate Challenge 2017

Catawba Riverkeeper organizes special small group cleanups. Email vanessa.c@catawbariverkeeper.org to start a conversation about hosting a small group cleanup.

Become a Water Watcher!

Take the next Water Watcher training course near you! Catawba Riverkeeper trains dozens of Water Watchers each year to act as eyes, ears, and a voice for our local waterways. Fill out the volunteer interest form to learn when and where the next Water Watcher training course will be.

Fishing Line Recycling

In partnership with PalmettoPride, we are launching monofilament (fishing line) recycling in several South Carolina locations. We will need Citizen Scientists to help monitor and empty recycling bins. More information on recycling bin locations and volunteer needs coming soon!

Litter Gitters

We’re always looking for volunteer crew members to help us maintain the Litter Gitter trash traps. Hours vary week to week, but are flexible. Cleanouts happen after rain events. Fill out the volunteer interest form to learn more about volunteering for the Litter Gitter program.

Tell us what you’re interested in by filling out the form below:

When you fill out the form above, you’ll automatically be added to our volunteer opportunity email list.