July 2018 – Steam Survey Volunteer Experience

Opportunities at Mud Creek and Black Creek for July surveys.
Both are in the east end in the Mer Bleue area.

Stream surveys are scheduled with 2 or 3 volunteers and one staff member from our City Stream Watch staff crew. It is best to allow at least three hours to participate in stream surveys, which includes meeting at the site, putting equipment on, running through safety procedures, hiking to the creek, and completing a few surveys.

We make our schedule based on what days and times volunteers are available to come out, and we do our very best to accommodate everyone’s preferences and give everyone the chance to come out a few times during the schedule period.  I apologize in advance if I can’t accommodate all of your requests!

If you would like to participate in stream surveys, please review the survey availability below and make sure to send me an email with the following information:

  • Date(s) of availability – if you are available for more than one day, let me know how many sessions you would like to participate in
  • Preferred shift or time of availability on each day
  • Shoe size (so we can bring chest waders for you)
  • Cell phone number
  • Creek preference if you have one (Mud Creek or Black Creek)

Please indicate which day(s) you are available to help:

  • July 11, 12, 13, 14
  • July 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
  • July 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28
  • July 30, 31

Please indicate your preferred shift during each day:

  • Available all day (approximately 9:30am to 2:30pm)
  • Available in the morning ( approximately 9:30am to 12:00pm)
  • Available in the afternoon (approximately 12:00pm to 2:30pm)
  • Available in the evening (approximately 6pm to sunset)

Please indicate your preference from the following list of creeks:

  • Mud Creek (East Ottawa near Blackburn Hamlet/Eastboro)
  • Black Creek (East Ottawa Mer Bleue)

Please ensure that you send me availability and preferences by Friday June 29th at the latest so I have time to finalize the schedule before the July start date.

Once I have everyone’s available dates, available times, and creek preferences I will make the schedule and then email you back with the date(s) and time(s) that I have scheduled you to join us for surveys in June.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to send Chelsey an email at citystreamwatch@rvca.ca

Chelsey Ellis
City Stream Watch Coordinator
Rideau Valley Conservation Authority
3889 Rideau Valley Dr. Box 599
Phone: 613-692-3571 ext. 1180

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Harvest Program Volunteer Experience

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Contact Nika Linseman, Programs Support Officer in the
Department of Geography and Environmental Studies
to confirm and verify your involvement
on the CCR (Co-Curricular Record).

Co-Curricular Record

The Co-Curricular Record recognizes “out of class” activities of all students (undergraduate and graduate students) including student life programs, leadership development, community service learning and involvement activities that contribute to the student experience.

By adding involvement experiences (through Carleton Central) to your CCR, students will be able to present this official documentation to prospective employers and professional graduate schools. The CCR is designed to complement an academic transcript and demonstrate the holistic learning students’ engaged in during their academic career.

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