Introductory Sampling - Field Chemistry & Grab Sampling
This training enables you to analyze aquatic chemistry and collect a water sample for laboratory analysis.
Introductory Training Video (45 minutes)
If you are interested in becoming a Watershed Watch sampler, you can begin by viewing this introductory video. After watching the video, please click on the link in the description below the YouTube video to take the completion quiz, or use this quiz link!
Then, you can reach out to our Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com to arrange a practice session with a trained sampler and receive your sampling supplies and further instruction.
The following presentation slides are used during our in-person training workshops, which are typically held in the spring before our first sampling event takes place in May.
Logistics - provides an overview of how Watershed Watch sampling events are conducted
Field Chemistry - provides instructions on using field kits to determine water temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen and conductivity
Conductivity Meter Calibration Video (for a reminder of this procedure)
Grab Sampling - provides instructions on the correct procedure for collecting a water sample and transporting it to the lab for analysis
Recertification (every 3 years)
Samplers should be recertified every 3 years to maintain their qualification to participate in annual sampling events. The following slides and/or video will serve as a refresher to remind you of correct sampling procedures. In-person recertification workshops are also occasionally provided, often during the annual conferences.