HOW WE WORK
WhatSpecies is a unique biodiversity platform that can be used by nature enthusiasts to keep record of all species observed during their lifetime by uploading images, audio clips, video links, location and notes to WhatSpecies.
Sometimes members are not sure about the correct identification of a specimen, and an expert’s knowledge and opinions are needed to identify it at a family, genus or species level. This is where you come in to save the day.
WHAT YOU WILL DO
Think of yourself as one of the curators of the class or group of species you volunteer for. As a WhatSpecies Volunteer Expert you will assist with species identification and help create an open, welcoming, learning atmosphere on the site by sharing some of your expertise with the members on the site in a patient, graceful manner.
Visit WhatSpecies.com at least once a week to see whether there are any unidentified or incorrectly identified species in your field of expertise. The Observations Filter is a useful tool for finding unidentified specimens within a specific category.
Suggst IDs that you believe are the correct ones and comment on observations shared by members.
Review ID Suggestions made by other WhatSpecies members or Experts and indicate whether you agree or disagree with their suggestions.
You can do your volunteer work wherever you can connect to the internet with your desktop, notebook, tablet, phablet or smartphone.
Of course you are more than welcome to share your own observations on WhatSpecies as well.
EXAMPLE OF EXPERTISE CATEGORIES
BEING A WHATSPECIES VOLUNTEER IS A REWARDING EXPERIENCE:
Be part of something new. As a WhatSpecies Volunteer you get the opportunity to help build and establish a new and unique biodiversity movement;
Develop your reputation. WhatSpecies.com gives you the opportunity to establish and enhance your reputation in your field of expertise;
Do good2. Volunteering as a species expert gives you the opportunity to inform and educate people about the wonder of nature and the importance of preserving biodiversity. You get to help nature and humankind in one go.
While any WhatSpecies member can make ID Suggestions, our volunteers get special recognition and the opportunity to be officially associated with WhatSpecies.
- Get featured: Volunteers will be prominently featured on the WhatSpecies Volunteer pages.
- WhatSpecies Volunteer of the Year. As a WhatSpecies Volunteer you also earn EcoPoints for certain activities performed on WhatSpecies.com, e.g. logging in to the site on a daily basis; suggesting IDs that others agree with; uploading your own observations; receiving votes (♥) for your observations; sharing observations on Facebook or Twitter and reading the featured blog post.
At the end of the year, the volunteer with the most EcoPoints will receive the WhatSpecies Volunteer of the Year Award.
BEING A WHATSPECIES VOLUNTEER REQUIRES:
- A passion for nature and biodiversity preservation;
- Patience, grace and a sense of humour;
- Eagerness to share knowledge and teach others about the wonder of nature;
- Good communication skills;
- A self-driven work ethic;
- Curiosity and the desire to learn;
- Practical knowledge of identifying one or more classes of species;
- A willingness to go the extra mile to “get that ID”.
Inspiring people to learn and care more about nature and biodiversity is no small task. We are looking for people with the right mix of passion, energy, practical knowledge, and communication skills to take biodiversity awareness and WhatSpecies to another level.
HOW TO APPLY:
If you think you are up for the challenge, please send an email to volunteer @ whatspecies.com. Tell us about yourself and what you can contribute to WhatSpecies. Attach your résumé (CV) and include a link to your profile in Facebook or LinkedIn if you are active in any of these social networks. Include your name and the Class or group of species you are volunteering your expertise for in the Subject of the email. Make your application stand out. This is a unique opportunity to volunteer your expertise and be part of something new and unique, with the best still to come.