Volunteers are sought for the Haystack Rock Awareness program.
Seasonally HRAP has approximately 100 to 150 volunteers that help assist staff on the beach.
There are no special requirements, according to the program's volunteer coordinator Lisa Habecker.
“You don’t have to have a marine biology background," she said. “However, we are looking for someone who is passionate and wants to help our program and better our community as a whole.”
The Haystack Rock Awareness Program is an environmental stewardship program that helps protect the natural wildlife refuge at Haystack Rock through the education of the intertidal and bird ecology of the surrounding area.
Since 1985, the program has educated more than one-million visitors.
Each year the small group of staff, along with the many volunteers known as environmental interpreters educate tourists, and locals alike in front of Haystack Rock. The program begins in early February and runs through until the end of October.
Volunteers can participate in marine debris surveys, the “Trash Talk” program, seabird survey, citizen science project, and the sea star survey.
Positions can include service on a committee, donating equipment and services and assisting with mailing.
Volunteers are accepted at anytime during the season, and will be trained with the tools and knowledge for their positions to ensure they are comfortable educating, and assisting with the staff and visitors to Haystack Rock. Training is generally given one-on-one with staff.
The volunteers can also participate in one of the three annual trainings.
To become a volunteer, contact Habecker at503-436-8064 or email Habecker@ci.cannon-beach.or.us.