Does the USGS use volunteers to collect data?

Volunteers assist on some USGS projects. In all cases, the volunteers are carefully trained and are supervised by a federal employee while they work. To ensure quality-control, data collected by volunteers are checked by USGS supervisors. Volunteers must abide by the same rules, regulations, policies, and laws as employees.

Some USGS volunteer opportunities are advertised at Volunteer.gov. Most of those involve working from home or reporting observations that you make on your own time.

The USGS also collects data through volunteer citizen science programs.

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video thumbnail: Nature's Altered Seasons
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Nature's Altered Seasons

Early cherry blossoms and flower blooms and record high temperatures nationwide highlight a phenomenon everyone already seems to know, but science has confirmed -- spring is coming earlier in the year almost everywhere. During this lecture, Dr. Jake Weltzin gives an overview of the USGS sponsored USA National Phenology Network, a national effort to help track the timing of

Attribution: Ecosystems
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February 18, 2009

Volunteer helps HVO staff complete maintenance on a monitoring site

A volunteer helps HVO staff complete maintenance on a monitoring site on Kīlauea Volcano.

USGS volunteers learning about instruments used to measure wind and greenhouse gases
August 6, 2007

USGS volunteers learning about instruments

USGS volunteers learning about instruments used to measure wind and greenhouse gases in a mountain forest.

Attribution: Land Resources
USGS volunteer Carole Moreo assisting with installation of a new evapotranspiration site at Stump Spring, Nev.
November 30, 2000

USGS volunteer helping with ET site installation, Stump Spring, NV

USGS volunteer Carole Moreo assisting with installation of an evapotranspiration site at Stump Spring, Nev. 

Image: USA-NPN Citizen-Scientist Lucille Tower

USA-NPN Citizen-Scientist Lucille Tower

USA-National Phenology Network citizen-scientist Lucille Tower records the one millionth observation on maple vine in the large nature database.

Attribution: Ecosystems
Image: Eskimo Volunteers Helping with Banding

Eskimo Volunteers Helping with Banding

Two Yupik Eskimo students from Chevak, Alaska holding a tundra swan cygnet. These student volunteers were helping with an annual USGS waterfowl banding program along the Kashunuk River near the Bering Sea coast in western Alaska.

Attribution: Ecosystems