Protect the Yuba – Become a River Ambassador!

Starting Saturday, May 28, throughout the rest of the summer season, you will be seeing River Ambassadors at your favorite South Yuba River crossing to educate visitors and protect our Yuba.

Summer Volunteers Needed at the River

SYRCL is recruiting 100 volunteers to be River Ambassadors at the South Yuba River this summer.  You can become a river steward and help protect the Yuba River from being “loved to death” by helping to educate guests about river safety and etiquette. Get involved today!

  • River Ambassador Training  –  Monday, May 23rd @ 6pm  
  • River Ambassador Start Date – Saturday, May 28th @ 10am

Event: River Ambassadors

Dates: Saturday’s & Sunday’s, May 28 – Sept 5

Time: 10am to 2pm

Location: South Yuba River Crossings

Total Volunteers Needed: 100+

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The Yuba River "Secret" is Out

The Yuba River has quickly changed from being a hidden gem to a social media influencer, tempting newcomers with its emerald green pools and Wild & Scenic beauty. 2020 and 2021 saw unprecedented visitor-ship, in which thousands of first-time visitors ventured to the Yuba to explore and escape quarantine fatigue.   

While we are grateful that the Yuba River can be an outdoor refuge for locals and out-of-towners alike, this influx of visitors creates parking  problems, trash, fire, and human waste issues up and down the river canyon.  We expect that many people will return to the river again this summer, which is why we need your help. When visitors meet community members at the river, they are more likely to value, protect, and care for it.  River Ambassadors are stationed at river crossings to welcome folks and provide guests with the knowledge they need to be responsible and safe while at the river. 

What do River Ambassadors do?

River Ambassadors are our boots-on-the-ground protectors of the Yuba River.  Volunteers use a friendly, non-confrontational approach to educate and inform visitors about river rules and ethics while recreating on our beaches, trails, and river.  

Each weekend, a team of River Ambassadors are assigned to: 

  • set-up booths and visitor signage
  • provide one-on-one communication with new visitors on rules & ethics while at the South Yuba River
  • remove trash and recycling from beaches and trails
  • monitor free life-jacket stations
  • remove graffiti and dismantle illegal fire rings 
  • hand out free River Safety Bandanas
  • contact emergency services when accidents happen
  • enjoy some river-time

We work with California State Parks, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service to provide information to the public on where to visit and how to visit responsibly.   

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  1. I will take at least one Memorial Day shift at the 49 crossing as soon as I see my work schedule. This is a really great plea for volunteers. I think when people read it and understand how much they are needed, more will step up. I’ve been doing it for years and it’s lots of fun, greeting people, being welcoming and helpful. enjoying their children and dogs, protecting the Yuba… Great way to spend a few hours now and then at the river in the summertime!

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