Opportunity Details

FrogWatch Community Scientist


Parks as assigned by staff
Montgomery County
MD 20902

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Parkland managed by Montgomery Parks makes up more than 10% of Montgomery County's land and serves as the County's "backyard". It is also home to upwards of 14 frog and toad species, each of which can be recognized by unique breeding calls made at wetlands and other aquatic habitats!

Volunteer FrogWatch Community Scientists will receive training and special permission to monitor for calling frogs at natural, created, and enhanced aquatic habitats on parkland at night in order to extend the reach of the biological monitoring, stormwater management, and environmental review programs conducted by staff.


Perform monitoring AT LEAST once a month (but hopefully more) in designated park areas from March through August. Monitoring visits are conducted in the evening (at least 30 minutes after sunset) and can take as little as 15 minutes! Volunteers will be fully trained on protocols before monitoring and will have opportunities to join Park Naturalists and Maryland Master Naturalist volunteers on monitoring visits each month.

Participants may also volunteer to canvas parkland during the day (year-round) to locate and assist with registering trail-accessible wetlands and additional frog listening locations.

This is not eligible for SSL hours. Family groups are welcome, but only those 18 and older, and who have registered and completed training will be considered an official Montgomery Parks' Frogwatch Volunteer.

Website: https://www.montgomeryparks.org/caring-for-our-parks/natural-spaces/water-quality-information/

Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 18

Job type: Seasonal (2-6 months)

Volunteer type:  Adult, Family

- Complete online and supplemental training.
- Visit one or more assigned aquatic habitat sites, at least monthly, 30 min. after sunset.
- Adhere to established monitoring protocol and expectations.
- Enter data into an online database (https://frogwatch.fieldscope.org).
- Maintain communication with the Montgomery FrogWatch Chapter Coordinators (frogwatch@montgomeryparks.org).
- Assist with locating and registering wetland habitat for new listening locations (optional).
- Document volunteer efforts in the volunteer database (https://montgomeryparks.org/support/volunteer/).

A virtual information and training session for the 2024 season will be held on Thursday, March 7th from 7:00 - 9:00 PM and will be recorded. Trained Montgomery Parks volunteers may also attend a field-based review session at Locust Grove Nature Center in the Armstrong Cabin Classroom (Bethesda, Maryland) on Thursday, March 21st from 7:00-9:00 PM (Inclement weather date Thursday, March 28th).

You will receive a link to training registration after submitting your FrogWatch Community Scientist application.

Training is also available through FrogWatch USA via the Online Training Course (Learn more at https://www.akronzoo.org/frogwatch-usa-volunteers or navigate directly to https://agility-akronzoo.coassemble.com/unlock/xJ5f0nM#/)

Pre-recorded training sessions and other resources are available at https://mygreenmontgomery.org/frogwatch/.

Park Planning and Stewardship | FrogWatch

Rachel Gauza

(301) 650-4393

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