AquiferWatch is interested in working with any individual interested in the long-term preservation of groundwater.  Many of our volunteers actually participate in the monitoring of groundwater.  These people own or have access to wells (or springs), and are willing to participate in a long-term monitoring effort.  They are what make AquiferWatch work.

Volunteers are required to complete a training session on monitoring their well or spring.  It takes about one hour.  The training session includes learning about aquifers and springs, plus techniques for collecting water level, and possibly other data.  Once a well and a volunteer are certified by AquiferWatch, the volunteer is asked to periodically monitor the well or spring for a minimum of two years.  The sampling equipment is supplied by AquiferWatch and is refurbished as needed.  After obtaining water levels, or other data, volunteers are then asked to record and send their data to LAKEWATCH for computer storage. This can be done by sending the data by mail, and in the future, on the internet.

Governmental agencies within Florida simply do not have the financial resources to appropriately monitor our groundwater resources.  In order to assist and to keep your tax dollars to a minimum, volunteers are needed.  AquiferWatch is dedicated to alleviating this problem and encourages the use of volunteers in the monitoring of our groundwater resources.  In this sense, a volunteer is an unpaid person who is willing to assist in monitoring wells or springs.   All AquiferWatch staff are volunteers.

Levels of Volunteering:

Volunteering comes in a variety of ways.  First, each of our staff is a volunteer.  The second type of volunteer is our most common.  This is someone who chooses to simply receive the AquiferWatch newsletter and learn about various groundwater topics.  What if you do not own a well but would like to become an actively involved in groundwater monitoring?  The third type of volunteering includes people who own wells do not have the time to monitor their well.  They are often receptive to having trained AquiferWatch representatives monitor their well for them.  Our fourth type of volunteer is someone who is willing to periodically monitor several wells per sampling event.  If you are willing to participate in this manner, let AquiferWatch know.  We will train you and supply you with the proper equipment.  The commitment is about one half day per month.  Our fifth type of volunteer is a regional coordinator.  This is usually a person who has professional experience in the monitoring of groundwater.  They assist AquiferWatch by training other volunteers and coordinating the efforts of others over a small region of the state.