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CWI is always looking for exceptional, accomplished, student mentors and  technical and administrative *volunteers* to help with our work. Are you an honest, competent, dedicated, self motivated person who is an established leader in your field and concerned about preserving the natural resources and ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest? Do you enjoy  working both independently and as a member of a diverse team? We'd love to have you join us.


Leaning forward for the Elwha and Dungeness Nearshore Campaign

As  a small, place based 501c3 the Coastal Watershed Institute (CWI) goal is to advance protection of intact and critical natural ecosystems of some of the most amazing places on earth: the nearshore of the Elwha and Dungeness. We do this by linking senior scientists with college students- our next generation of scientists and managers- and local citizens to understand and promote on the ground,  long term, wise ecosystem management. Over our careers we've learned that -without exception- what is good for the environment is good for community. And that saving what we have is so much better for the ecosystem and economy-environmental capitol does in fact 'pay off'. So we emphasize habitat protection. Coastal communities, which are growing rapidly- want to be wise stewards but no one is giving them the tools to do so. So CWI provides critical information on how our shorelines work, specific information on why what landowners do is SO important to beach function, and how we can live along and protect the critical functions the Elwha and Dungeness shorelines. We provide this information largely thru donated time and resources-at VERY low cost. The trick is that preservation and restoration can take decades-and bureaucratic and political challenges (sometimes significant)  are long term problems (but not reasons to quit). Our work focuses on  the best, not just the easiest, management actions and solutions. 

As the population of the Pacific Northwest grows, shoreline management actions, including new shoreline armoring along our last and best feeder bluffs along the Salish Sea continue to accelerate and our economy continues to struggle.  The need for CWI's work is in this rural and sometimes extremely conservative region is greater than ever. As both community members and regional scientists, CWI is dedicated to making sure our natural ecosystems remain strong and an integral part of our society. You can have an on the ground direct impact to our work by contributing to fund student internships, travel, sampling and workshop costs, and mentor stipends.
If you'd like you can specify what you'd like funds to go to. Just drop us an email with your preference from below.

Roorda photos
Basic capasity
Suupport for scientific monitoring of the Elwha and Dungeness nearshore, including field equipment
Funds for college student stipends and mentors to guide them