REP Assistants

REP Assistants are volunteers who assist a teacher participating in the Rouge Education Project by working in the classroom and on the field trip with the students at the Rouge River.  This may include guiding students in conducting water quality tests, surveying the stream, collecting and identifying aquatic organisms, and helping students calculate results and enter data on the Internet.  This is a unique opportunity for college students or other interested adults of all interests and backgrounds.

All training is provided; some experience working with children helpful.
  • Be at least 18 years of age, possess a valid driver's license, and have reliable transportation
  • Complete a chemical and/or bug identification & sampling techniques training event held on a Saturday
  • Be available during school hours to help in the classroom and at the river in September/October and/or April/May
  • Be willing to travel to a school and site on the Rouge River in Wayne, Oakland, or eastern Washtenaw County
  • Pass a criminal background check and not be listed on the Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry
In return, REP Assistants:
  • Gain experience for their resume
  • Get involved in environmental education and outreach
  • Get involved in their community
  • Earn volunteer hours that can count towards community service requirements (Phi Beta Kappa, Honor Society, etc.)
  • Directly apply academic knowledge to fieldwork
  • Learn more about Rouge River watershed management and share personal knowledge and experiences
  • Become a role model
  • Network with schools, other volunteers, Friends of the Rouge, and sponsoring corporations
  • Depending on the level of involvement with the teacher, a volunteer may contribute up to 30 hours or more working with students