Volunteer Opportunities

River Watch Volunteers

Volunteer FormWe need to volunteers to walk along waterways and assess health and issues on a monthly basis.

Email or call Brian Williams bwilliams@danriver.org or 276-618-1457

Clean Up Crew Volunteers

Help recruit a team/group or family members to clean up trails and waterways. All supplies provided. Learn more

Water Quality Monitors


Learn how to test the quality of our local rivers and streams. Special focus on Duke Energy Coal Ash Spill sections of the Dan River. Training is required.
Email Krista Hodges or call 276-634-2592

Note: Water Quality Monitors are especially needed in the Danville, VA and Caswell and Rockingham Counties in NC. Volunteers must be willing to commit to the full year of service.

Art In Nature Auction Volunteer

(January - September)

Help acquire art pieces for DRBA's annual Art in Nature Auction.  Email Tiffany Haworth or call 336-627-6270 for more information.

Trout in the Classroom Assistant

(October - May)

Help out in a classroom or at a trout release. Also need help maintaining trout tanks by checking chillers etc. Background check may be required.
Email Krista Hodges or call 276-634-2592

DRBA Presenters


Do you have knowledge about the environment that children or adults need to know about? If you have a topic related to protecting and/or preserving our natural resources, you could become a DRBA presenter in local classrooms, companies, organizations and/or special events. Background check may be required for classroom presenters. Email drba.nc@danriver.org or call 336-627-6270.

Philpott Lake Volunteer Opportunities

(To become a volunteer or for more information, call 276-634-2545

  • Trail Building - There are plans to connect and improve trails around Philpott Lake and volunteers will be needed! No experience necessary.
  • Beach Watch - The rangers at Philpott Lake have many important duties, these include making sure that visitors have fun safely. You can help them out by signing up for beach watch at one of the parks. Free training is provided.
  • Water Quality Testing - Help us protect your waterways by monitoring the status of water quality in Philpott Lake and its tributaries. Training is provided. 
  • Outings - Assist in organizing and guiding group outings at Philpott; use your knowledge of the Lake and its Parks to make sure that others appreciate it as much as you do.
  • Trash Pickup - Help keep Philpott Lake and its parks clean and healthy by picking up litter.
  • Fundraising - Play a major role in implementing projects to improve Philpott's parks, camping areas, playgrounds, trails, and access points by helping to raise the necessary funds.  
  • Interpretive Programs/Presentations - Pass along your knowledge of the environment and culture surrounding Philpott Lake by presenting to groups of visitors.
  • Events & Festivals - Get involved with events that celebrate everything Philpott has to offer. Volunteers can help by assisting in the planning, promoting, set-up and clean-up of events as well as attending booths and displays.

Mayodan Mountain Bike Trail

DRBA is seeking volunteers to help on the trail. Volunteer teams will use hand tools to perform finishing work on the trail  that includes mild dirt scraping, using loppers to remove vegetation, and tamping down the trail bed. Restrooms are available and drinks and snacks are provided. A typical volunteer work session is 3 - 4 hours and includes a safety talk prior to beginning work. Volunteers should dress in layers, bring gloves, bug spray, sun protection, and protective eye wear. Tennis shoes or hiking boots are acceptable footwear.