Community members can help out in a variety of ways, from event participation to project assistance and ongoing involvement with our educational programs. (See below.) To find out about current volunteer opportunities, contact Executive Director Brent Lyles at (512) 708-9115 or fill out the form below.

Austin Youth River Watch volunteer opportunities:

Event staff

Five or six times a year, Austin Youth River Watch participates in events like the Clean Water Festival, Earth Day festivities, and World Water Monitoring Day. We also host our own events, like our “Take Me to the River” annual fundraiser in April. Event volunteers may staff a River Watch table, talk to the public about our programs, teach visitors about water quality, and help with event logistics.

Visiting scientists and professionals

In order to spark our students’ interest in career paths, we look for volunteers who want to share their life stories with our River Watchers. For instance, scientists from the City of Austin’s Watershed Protection Department have shared adventures about chasing aquatic bugs, teachers have talked about their passion for education, and Nature Conservancy staff have talked about their work in land protection.

Weekly program volunteers

Program volunteers are folks who want to “get serious” with our students, accompanying them once a week for a semester or a summer. These volunteers help us test water, supervise activities, and help with program logistics. Program volunteers have told us that this is an especially rewarding experience. (Interviews and background checks required.)

EcoHouse yard maintenance and light housecleaning

Our base of operations is an old farmhouse, and we host work days two or three times a year to help us clean and maintain the yard and the house itself.

Board members

In the next few years, Austin Youth River Watch will likely recruit 5–7 new members for our Board of Directors. If you have a passion for youth and the environment, and you’d like to help with fundraising, organizational growth, strategic planning, and governance, you may wish to apply for a position on our Board. (Interviews and background checks required.)


Austin Youth River Watch has volunteer positions to meet every level of commitment and experience, including group projects. Volunteers age 17 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. For some activities, prior to volunteering, an interview and a criminal background check may be required.