Volunteer Opportunities

EMRCD recognizes the need for environmental stewardship. We organize volunteers for some of our projects or for those who would like to dedicate their time to the community. We have a variety of projects and settings where you can get involved in local conservation. If you’re interested in fieldwork, office help, or supporting one of our workshops or projects, please contact us if you’re interested!

Below are some of the continuous projects that we commonly need volunteers for. We'll add more opportunities here and in our newsletter as projects and grants are added. stay tuned!

Ecosystem Enhancement

Ecosystem enhancement seeks to improve Merced River habitat by creating functional ecosystems. Volunteers remove invasive plants and plant native trees, shrubs and grasses that will benefit wildlife and create riparian buffer zones of vegetation.

River Clean Up

River Cleanup activities are held throughout the year. Volunteers collect trash and debris from the channel and shores of the Merced River and perform trash surveys. On the water river cleanup in canoes and kayaks is one of the most popular volunteer activities.

Clean Water Team

The Clean Water Team monitors the health of the Lower Merced River through water quality testing, collecting and studying aquatic insects (bio assessment), making visual observations of river conditions and habitat, and performing trash assessments.

Members of the Clean Water Team receive training in monitoring and assessment protocols and participate in regularly scheduled field days.

Welcome to the EMRCD!

The EMRCD is a not-for-profit, special district 170(c)(1), that solely operates on donations, grants, contracts and special fundraising events. It is governed by a Board of Directors, and quality staff, to ensure all community-based efforts help Merced County.


In accordance with California SB 272, the EMRCD provides a list of “enterprise” systems that are used across multiple departments or that contain information collected about the public and are systems that serve as original sources of data within an agency. The enterprise catalog can be viewed by clicking here.

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