How do I become a volunteer with DNERR?
1) Meet our volunteer requirements. All volunteers must be 13 years of age or older to participate in the horseshoe crab spawning survey. Any young people between the ages of 13 and 18 must be accompanied by an adult and have a signed parental consent form.
2) Attend a training held at the St. Jones Reserve in Dover, Del. before the spawning season begins.
DNERR holds three volunteer training sessions each year in the early spring for anyone interested in assisting with the Horseshoe Crab Spawning survey at the St. Jones Reserve. All new volunteers are required to attend a training session their first season, and then once every three years after the first training. During the training, volunteers learn how to conduct the survey, how to properly record data and how to distinguish between male and female horseshoe crabs. The training also highlights the results of horseshoe crab survey data from previous years and how it is being used. Participants who are interested in other Delaware Bay beaches not coordinated by the DNERR are welcome to attend the training and will be referred to the appropriate beach leader for further information.
2017 Horseshoe Crab Volunteer Trainings
Saturday, April 1, 2017 9 - 11 a.m.
Saturday, April 1, 2017 2 - 4 p.m.
Thursday, April 6, 2016 6 - 8 p.m.
To register for a training visit our event page, all attendees must
pre-register for the training.
3) Select the dates you want to volunteer.
Volunteers will then be asked to select their preferred survey dates through an online registration system so that we can fairly distribute survey night and beach assignments. The online registration link will be made available after the trainings have ended to past volunteers that would like to participate again and to new volunteers that have attended a training. After you provide your preferred survey dates we will contact you to let you know which ones we will need your help with. The 2017 survey dates and times are now available.