To volunteer, please fill out this survey

What will volunteers do?

On a hot day during summer 2022, volunteers will drive along pre-planned routes in different Duval County neighborhoods over three one-hour periods: 6-7 am, 3-4 pm, and 7-8 pm. Volunteers will use a simple temperature/humidity sensor attached to their vehicle to collect data. You can also volunteer as a navigator to help a driver stay on their route. Drivers will need to cover the same route for all three shifts.

Data will be collected by a sensor mounted on the passenger side of a car (the sensor is held in place by the window and will not damage the car). The sensor records the ambient temperature, humidity, and location once per second.

Will volunteers be compensated for their time? 

Yes! Volunteers who are chosen to participate in the project will be paid $50-75 after the data has been collected. Funding for the payments is being provided by the Community Foundation of Northeast Florida in partnership with St. Johns Riverkeeper.

When is Campaign day?

The exact date of the campaign has not been set because it depends on the weather forecast. Heat mapping is best done on a hot and clear day. The Jacksonville project organizers will use historical weather patterns and support from the National Weather Service to determine the exact date and volunteers will be notified about one week prior. The target window for the campaign is sometime during June.

Because we do not know the exact date right now, our goal is to assemble an “on-call” roster of volunteers, meaning we will sign up more people than we need. We will confirm your participation about one week prior to the campaign, when we finalize the date.

Are there any requirements as a volunteer?

All volunteers will be required to sign a liability release waiver. Volunteers also need to participate in a virtual volunteer orientation before the date of the campaign. Drivers will need a valid driver’s license, access to a vehicle, and auto insurance.

In addition to the three hours of data collection, volunteers will first be asked to review a video, complete a knowledge-check, and participate in a short online training session and follow up discussion.Based on previous campaigns, volunteers spend an average of 4.5 hours over three weeks, though the majority (~3.5 hours) will occur on the actual campaign day.

Do I get to choose where I drive or help navigate?

Yes, probably. Volunteers will be asked to identify their preferred driving areas once confirmed as a participant. We will do our best to accommodate your preference.