In this section, please provide Earthwatch with an overview of the volunteer experience. We are looking for clear signs that this will be both an engaging and well-managed experience for volunteers. It is important to show that you are prepared to have a group of non-specialist participants in the field for an extended period of time. This includes having laid out a plan for all logistics including, but not limited to: food, transport, and accommodation. Additionally, you must have an awareness and preparedness for mitigating potential dangers/hazards on site and ways to communicate with Earthwatch, or sources of aid from the field.
Earthwatch recruits participants and prepares them to assist researchers in the field. Earthwatch participants can be adults, students (graduate, undergraduate, or high school), teachers, or corporate employees.
Typical projects field 4 to 10 teams per year that span 7 to 14 days, each accommodating from 4 up to 20 participants.
High school students are a key participant group for Earthwatch; it is advantageous to be open to student participants (age 15-18). It is also advantageous to be open to occasional larger groups of participants.
We are seeking projects that are interested in working with Earthwatch and citizen science volunteers for at least 3 years.