8th Annual Tijuana River Action Month

What:  Tijuana River Action Month (TRAM) is a series of education and stewardship events held during September and October to benefit the Tijuana River Watershed. The goals 

2014TRAMof Tijuana River Action Month are to mobilize a record number of community volunteers and groups to become stewards of the Tijuana River Watershed; and, to recognize key efforts and investments by public and private agencies, businesses, non-profits and community groups to protect and restore the Tijuana River.

Who:  Open to the public.  All ages are welcome. Community Service available. Volunteers under 18 yrs of age must have a signed waiver by parent or guardian. Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

When: Cleanup and habitat restoration events will take place every Saturday  between September 16 and October 14, 2017. See details below.

Where: Various locations within the Tijuana River Valley and Watershed.

Why: To protect, preserve and restore the Tijuana River Valley and Watershed.

What to wear/bring? Volunteers must work in long pants and boots or sturdy, closed-toe shoes. We also recommend bringing sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats. Work gloves, tools, water and a light snack will be provided.

Pre-registration is required. See below for details and registration links.


Please join us for these and more bi-national events!


Coastal Cleanup Day
Saturday, September 16, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
California Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) is a statewide beach and coastal and inland waterway cleanup held throughout California each year, part of the largest such cleanup in the country. CCD provides an opportunity for volunteers of all ages to work together and make a positive impact on our waterways and reduce the amount of marine debris the enters our ocean. Cleanup sites on the Reserve are at Border Field State Park and the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge. Register here

National Public Lands Day
Saturday, September 23, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join us for a community-based habitat restoration project to take place at the Tijuana Estuary and Tijuana Slough NWR! All ages welcome. Register here

Community Cleanup Event
Saturday, September 30, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Help us remove ocean-bound trash from the Tijuana River Valley with a community cleanup event at Dairy Mart Road. All ages welcome. Register here

Community Cleanup Event
Saturday, October 7th, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Help us remove ocean-bound trash from the Tijuana River Valley with a community cleanup event at Dairy Mart Road. All ages welcome. To register, contact Paloma Aguirre – paloma(at)wildcoast.net.

Goat Canyon Cleanup
Saturday, October 14, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Help us remove ocean-bound trash from one of the most environmentally degraded areas in San Diego County! Held at Border Field State Park. Register here

Come for the cleanup and stay for the party! Join us immediately following the cleanup to celebrate the bi-national accomplishments of the 2017 Tijuana River Action Month.
12:00 noon – 2:00 pm on  Monument Mesa at Border Field State Park.
Surfrider and Cerveza Imperial will provide free food & beer (must be over 21 with I.D. to be served alcohol).


For these and additional events, click to go to TRAM website with event calendar.

For more information:

Volunteer Coordinator
(619) 575-3613 x330  office


Public Meeting: Border Educational Plaza

Register online at https://www.facebook.com/pg/TRNERR/events

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Volunteer Cleanup Event

Saturday, February 23rd, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Tijuana Slough NWR Beach Cleanup – in partnership with WiLDCOAST

Event Information

Who? Open to the entire community – all ages welcome. Families, individuals, scout groups, local clubs and organizations are welcome to participate. All volunteers under 18 must bring parent-signed permission forms, available by request. Volunteers under the age of 16 must attend with a parent or guardian.

What? Help cleanup the edge of the  marsh at the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve . No special skills necessary to volunteer – only a willingness to get your hands dirty.

What to wear/bring? Volunteers must work in long pants and boots or sturdy, closed-toe shoes. We also recommend bringing sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats. The Tijuana Estuary provides work gloves and tools.

Where to meet? For projects held at the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge (TSNWR), meet at the Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center.

For more information:

Spring 2018 Volunteer Openings

Click here for more information on long-term volunteer programs.

All new long-term volunteers must complete a 2-day mandatory Information Ambassador training (scheduled for Saturdays, February 10 & 24). Long-term volunteers must be willing to commit to serving a minimum of 4 hours per month.

Training Topics include:

  • Intro to Reserve and Refuges
  • What is an Estuary? Wetland Metaphors
  • Intro to Watershed
  • Intro to Estuarine Ecology
  • Intro to Research and Monitoring
  • Sensitive Species
  • Injured and Orphaned Wildlife
  • History and Land Use
  • Stewardship Program
  • Education Programs
  • and more!

Supplemental training is required for Docents and Restoration Guides.

Attendance of the Information Ambassador training does not guarantee a volunteer position. All volunteers must interview for open volunteer positions. Please fill out the online application to begin the process. Thank you.

To apply: Submit a Volunteer Application Form

Job Announcement

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Wetlands Ecology and Conservation

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will lead key elements of a project addressing temporal changes in coastal wetland habitats and functions. This highly-collaborative project will steer local and regional wetland recovery efforts utilizing perspectives gained from historical ecology, current condition assessments, and climate change projections. Read more

Seasonal Part-time Job Opening

Seasonal Shorebird Steward Program Leader

The Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve (TRNERR) and Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge (TSNWR) are seeking motivated applicants to fill an entry-level seasonal position in the field of outreach and education, located on the beach/dune area of the TSNWR in Imperial Beach, CA. This position will focus on educating the public about federally endangered and threatened shorebirds of the Tijuana Estuary, specifically the California least tern (CLT) and Western snowy plover (WSP).   Job activities include: setting-up and staffing an outreach booth, interacting with the public, interpreting natural resources, encouraging leashing of dogs, conducting recreational and visitor surveys, assisting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) with nest barrier fence maintenance, periodic trash clean-up, data entry, report writing, and mentoring of Shorebird Steward volunteers. This position requires the ability to spend long hours exposed to coastal conditions and walk at least 1 mile on sand and rocky beaches.

Increased human populations along the California coastlines have restricted the endangered CLT and threatened WSP populations of birds to a few nesting and roosting sites in San Diego County.  TSNWR is one of the most successful nesting sites and it only fledges on average 50 CLT chicks per year.  One of the primary threats facing the CLT and WSP that use the Refuge, is human disturbance, in particular off-leash dogs.  By reducing this type of human-related disturbance at nesting and breeding sites, we may increase both numbers of active nests and successful fledging of CLT and WSP within TSNWR.  In order to reduce these human disturbances, it is necessary to educate the public about the plight of these birds.

Desired Background and Skill Sets
Experience with wildlife interpretation and identification, wildlife biology, communications, and working with volunteers is desired.  Applicants must be independently motivated and have a desire to educate the general public about endangered species, their habitats, and what they can do to help — in a positive way that builds a good community relationship with the Refuge (and Reserve).  Good communications skills are important because at times, members of the public may not understand why there are rules for protecting the threatened and endangered species. We are seeking applicants that have the ability to assess day-to-day interactions and report back to the Field Supervisor with all incidences (positive or negative), and any conditions of the beach the FWS staff should know about.  Familiarity with Microsoft Office Word and Excel is also desired.

Salary and Location
Funding is available for 16-24 hours per week of part-time work through Labor Day weekend. The Seasonal Shorebird Steward Program Leader will work every Friday and at least one weekend day per week. Reporting location is the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve office at 301 Caspian Way, Imperial Beach, CA 91932; work will be conducted throughout TSNWR under the direction of the Fish & Wildlife Service Public Outreach Specialist.  Administrative and personnel tasks will be conducted under the TRNERR Community Outreach Coordinator.
Estimated wage: $11-14/hour (depending on experience)

To Apply
Please submit resume and cover letter by 5:00 p.m. Monday, March 19th to stewardship@trnerr.org.

TSNWR symbolic fencing

We need you, Citizen Scientists! King Tides & Winter Storms

King Tide Walk

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
9:00 – 11:00 AM
Click for more details.


Snap the shore, see the future!

Jan 10-12, 2017

Do you like to take photos, spend time outside, and are concerned about coastal flooding in our communities?  Help document winter storms and extreme high tides through one or all of these local projects!

When are the King Tides in January 2017?

Urban Tides Initiative

USC Sea Grant

Urban Tides is a community based science effort launched in 2015 to document current tidal lines, beach erosion, and coastal flooding. The initiative has designated a series of beach and wetland locations where the public can take photographs of changing tides, flooding and erosion, then upload them into the Urban Tides database.

Storm Photo

Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS)

UCSD Scripps Institution of Oceanography

The goal of stormphoto is to get the help of citizen scientists to document flooding events from Imperial Beach in San Diego county to Point Conception.

California King Tides Initiative

The California King Tides Initiative is asking members of the public to photograph extreme high tides along our local coastline to highlight how coastal homes, infrastructure, and ecological habitats may be affected by future sea level rise.

Some of the most powerful images are taken in coastal areas that are subject to flooding and erosion, and of places where high water levels can be gauged against familiar landmarks (such as cliffs, rocks, roads, buildings, bridge supports, sea walls, staircases, dikes, and piers). Below are some local locations where you can capture the King Tides.

San Diego: San Diego Bay, Oceanside Beach, San Elijo Lagoon, Del Mar Dog Beach/San Dieguito Lagoon Entrance, Torrey Pines (where Penasquitos enters the ocean), La Jolla Shores, Mission Beach, Imperial Beach, and the Tijuana Estuary.

Baja California: Playas de Tijuana, including the Border Fence and the malecon. Playas de Rosarito, including Pemex complex at Rosarito Beach, pier at the Rosarito Beach Hotel, and the mouth of the creeks.

Become A Volunteer Restoration Guide


To promote and interpret the natural history and environment of the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve to volunteers and students in order to encourage exploration and preservation of coastal resources.

Skills/ Qualifications:

Successful Restoration Guides will be dependable, enthusiastic, friendly, patient, and flexible.  They should be interested in the environment and restoring natural habitats; be able to learn detailed information; enjoy working outdoors; and enjoy working with people of all ages. Must be 18 years of age or older.


Upon successful completion of the Restoration Guide Training Course, volunteers will interpret the natural history and environment of the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve by assisting in volunteer stewardship events and leading interpretive activities for school groups and volunteers.  Restoration Guides can greet the public, answer visitor questions, provide guests with information about the Reserve, assist with youth education activities, and assist with stewardship event set-up, registration, roving interpretation, and breakdown.

Reports To:

Volunteer Coordinator and Education and Stewardship Staff


4 hours per month (minimum)


A formal training course is required to become a Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve Restoration Guide.  The course is typically held in April and May and includes 20 hours of  training in ecology, botany, geology, ornithology, local history, international relations, and interpretive methods for both youth and adult audiences.


Receive comprehensive training on the natural history and environment of the Tijuana River Watershed.  Become acquainted with the Reserve staff and their programs.  Gain teaching skills and experience the joy of educating visitors on the value and beauty of the natural environment. Join a team of volunteers dedicated to helping the environment while enriching and enhancing the experience of all visitors to the Reserve.

To apply: Submit a Volunteer Application Form

South San Diego Water Quality Workshop

When is it safe to surf? swim? fish?

Thursday, December 13th

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

in the Tijuana Estuary Training Center

FREE! Register at oceanwaterqualityworkshop.eventbrite.com





National Public Lands Day: Sat. Sept. 24

Saturday, September 24th
Border Field State Park
9am to noon

National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands in the United States.

Volunteers at the Tijuana Estuary will plant native vegetation to help restore a section of Border Field State Park. No special skills necessary, just a willingness to get your hands dirty!

Please be sure to wear long pants and closed toe shoes. Sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat and reusable water are recommended as well.

Volunteers under the age of 18 must bring signed parent consent forms (available by request), and volunteers under 16 must attend with an adult.

Check out the progress volunteers having been making on this restoration site since 2009:

Photos of restoration site in 2009

Photos of restoration site in 2010

Photos of restoration site in 2011

Last year, 170,000 volunteers worked at over 2,080 sites in every state, the District of Columbia and in many U.S. territories. NPLD volunteers:
-Removed an estimated 450 tons of trash
-Collected an estimated 20,000 pounds of invasive plants
-Built and maintained an estimated 1,320 miles of trails
-Planted an estimated 100,000 trees, shrubs and other native plants
-Contributed an estimated $15 million to improve public lands across the country