Does it cost anything to volunteer? You don’t have to pay any fees to volunteer with Adventure Scientists, and we will reimburse you upon request for any expenses you might incur when you ship us samples or buy sampling materials. Please consider covering these costs yourself whenever reasonable as a small donation to conservation research.
Can I apply without a partner? We strongly encourage you to apply with at least one partner. If working with a partner does not work for your travel plans, you can still apply to collect data solo.
If I apply solo, can I go into the field alone to collect data? Adventure Scientists always discourages volunteers from going into the field alone. Ideally, we’d like you to bring at least one other person every time you head out to collect data, even if they are not officially a volunteer for the project. This person can assist with collecting auxiliary data (e.g., site observations, GPS points, date, time, photos, etc.), but may not help you collect primary data (e.g., handle specimens).
Can I apply with a large group? For data-quality measures, we ask that groups of four or more break up into teams of no more than three individuals.
Can I train my friends to collect data? No. Adventure Scientists is solely responsible for the training of each of our volunteers. Your friends may help you take a GPS point or photos, but if they want to be more involved in sample collection, they’ll need to be trained. Please make sure your friends apply directly with us to participate in the project.
Can Adventure Scientists help me find a data collection partner? We request that you choose your own partner and know and trust their abilities in the field.
Why can't I sign up for more than one sampling period? Due to equipment limitations, we can only accept a certain number of volunteers per period.
I plan on collecting samples in an area with more than one tree species. Can I collect samples from other species? Stick to collecting samples from the species you signed up for. If you wish to collect samples from another species, reach out to us.
Can Adventure Scientists sponsor me on my next adventure? No. We rely on your contributions as a volunteer to help us advance conservation research. If you are interested in promoting your work as an Adventure Scientists volunteer, tag us when you post on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter or reach out to us to collaborate on a blog post.