The National Park Service is looking for volunteers to help count Marmots at Olympic National Park in Washington.
Because the Olympic marmot is an iconic and protected local species, the park carefully monitors its marmot population for changes so it can respond quickly to issues before they become critical.
This is the second year the park has solicited volunteers for the job. Last year, more than 80 people participated.
Volunteers will receive a day of training and must be able to hike 5-20 miles, camp in remote areas, navigate off-trail and work on steep slopes. The application deadline is May 1, but the park may close applications sooner if enough eligible volunteers apply.
[Photo by: Jeff Kramer]