Opportunities to make a difference for the environment!  If any of the ideas below appeal to you, send us an email .

Research: Do you want to do a little investigating?  We have investigations involving field work and investigations involving office work.

Wildlife Tracking: Would you like to become a wildlife tracker?  BEAT hosts the Berkshire Wildlife Trackers.  Train to become a wildlife tracker and then use your new skills to help protect wildlife habitat.

River Cleanups: Each year, BEAT hosts and co-hosts a number of river cleanups.  Remember how much fun it was when you were a kid, jumping into streams and rivers and playing in the mud?  We’ll give you an opportunity to do that again.  There are plenty of ways to help without getting your feet wet, too.

Streamcrossing Surveys: A streamcrossing is any place where a stream intersects a road.  BEAT is participating in a study to map, describe, and catalog every streamcrossing in Berkshire County.  This information will be used to improve these crossings and facilitate the movement of wildlife.

Vernal Pools: Vernal pools are fragile habitats that support an amazing diversity of wildlife.  If you would like to learn how you can find and protect these habitats, we can help you – and you can help us.

Website/Database: BEAT maintains a very large website.  We could use your help – especially if you know a little HTML or mysql and php.

General Help: There’s always work to be done.  Let us know if you’d like to help but don’t see a category that fits.

Surprise Us: Do you have a special skill that might be helpful to us, or do you have an idea for a volunteer project?  Talk to us.


  • Ted Potter

    I would like to help with future river clean ups or most any other outdoor work. Thanks Ted

    • Hi Ted,

      (sorry for the duplicative response, just want to be sure you get this)

      Thank you so much for wanting to help out with river cleanups and other physical work to protect the environment. At the moment, we aren’t planning any more river cleanups this year. We will definitely have more next year, and we are planning on having invasive species removal parties as well.

      We will be looking for volunteers to help us walk/canoe stretches of the Housatonic River in Pittsfield to survey and photograph all the storm water pipes entering the river. And we need volunteers interested in being trained to survey stream crossings (where roads cross over rivers and streams). These aren’t as physical, but still require scrambling up and down river banks.

      I let Elia Del Molino, BEAT’s Program Manager, who is managing the surveying work know of your interest as well.

      Thank you again!

  • Ericedis Olaverria

    I’m very interested in helping. Contact me for anything you might need.

  • Danielle Paquette

    I’m a student at MCLA in a service learning class called environmental psychology and looking for the opportunity to volunteer roughly three hours a week. Please e-mail daniellepaquette61@yahoo.com

  • Jane, I got your thank you card, thank you. I have something to email you but I can’t find your email anywhere on the site. Please email me so I can send a document that would be helpful.

  • Natalie Clifton

    Hello there,

    Very interested in all trainings.

    Looking forward to the River Clean up on the 14th. Please let me know if I can bring anything along… would love to donate chocolate chip cookies :0)

    • bruce

      Hi Natalie. And we’re interested in having you at all trainings! We’ll make sure we keep you posted on volunteer opportunities. Chocolate chip cookies would be great! Thanks. See you Saturday.

  • bruce

    Hi Randall,
    Feel free to give me a call at 413-442-6815. I’ll also be sending you an email. I’d love to discuss volunteer opportunities with you. Thanks.

  • Randall Mais

    I believe the areas I would most like to volunteer for would be the following Research, Tracking steam crossing or vernal pools. I’m afraid I am green to alot of these areas but the interest is there.

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