Community Members

This is the perfect AIS Detectors option for individuals, lake association members, students, and anyone interested in learning more about AIS and becoming a volunteer. The AIS Detectors Core Course for community members consists of an online course and in-person workshop and includes modules on identifying AIS, sampling techniques, and how to perform and record volunteer activities. Those that complete this course will have the knowledge they need to sample for AIS, report potential AIS to regulatory agencies, teach others about AIS, and more! After completing the Core Course, community members are eligible to participate in the AIS Detectors volunteer program by completing annual volunteer activities of their choice and continuing learning through annual “advanced training” opportunities to maintain their status as active AIS Detectors.

What do AIS Detectors volunteers do?

As a volunteer AIS Detector, you will serve a critical role in improving Minnesota’s capacity to detect, respond to, educate about, and manage aquatic invasive species. Volunteers can watch for organized volunteer opportunities or get involved in their community in the ways that best meet their interests and desires. Examples of activities that count towards volunteer service hours include: 

  • Citizen Science: Completing new detection surveys, participating in Starry Trek, providing support to Minnesota Department of Natural Resources detection and research projects, helping MAISRC scientists in the field, and reporting AIS discoveries
  • Education/Outreach: Staff educational booths at the State Fair, county fairs, and other local events, help develop informational brochures, speak at your next Lake Association meeting or other event
  • Stewardship: Build sampling equipment for AIS, such as zebra mussel samplers or aquatic plant rakes, hand-pulling of AIS
  • Program Support: Help with data entry for AIS projects, coordinate a volunteer event, stuff envelopes with AIS informational mailings

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