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					      2012 Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership
                                      Applicant Packet

The following packet provides:
          I.    Why Become a Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Member?
          II.   Member Information and Application Process
          III.  Service Position Descriptions


 I.    Why Become a Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Member? _
        “This is the best position for anyone who loves stewardship work and wants to be in one
        of the most spectacular places in the country with some great people. I am learning new
                                 things every day and enjoying my work."
                  - Andrew Schurr, 2010 Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership Member

Becoming a Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) Member enables you to do great things for
the Sierra Nevada while you grow as an individual and attain tangible benefits. Put your idealism to
work through AmeriCorps. Protect the Sierra environment and rural communities. Apply today!

AmeriCorps is a network of local, state, and national service programs that connect more than 70,000
Americans each year in intensive service to meet our country‘s critical needs in education, public safety,
health, and the environment. AmeriCorps Members serve with more than 2,000 nonprofits, public
agencies, and faith-based and community organizations.

In June 2009, the Sierra Nevada Alliance received a three-year grant award from CaliforniaVolunteers to
continue the SNAP program. The mission of the 2010-12 SNAP Program is to assess and restore impaired
watershed habitats and to increase community stewardship of the Sierra Nevada watersheds through
education and volunteerism.

The Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership needs your courage, your skills, and your dedication.

You will learn teamwork, communication, conservation issues, responsibility and other essential skills
that will help you for the rest of your life. And you‘ll gain the personal satisfaction of taking on a
challenge and seeing results.




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In 2012, twenty-seven Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership Members will:

        Restore and monitor 1,120 acres of watershed on high-priority lands and rivers.
        Educate 8,500 students and community members on watershed topics to create lifelong
        watershed stewards.
        Recruit and train over 2,000 volunteers to be involved with environmental education,
        restoration and protection projects.

A Member‘s specific duties reflect the community, placement-site and individual Host Site‘s needs, as
well as a Member's abilities and interests. No two service positions are alike. There are 15 Host Sites
with conservation groups and agencies including Sierra Nevada Alliance, WildPlaces, Eastern Sierra
Land Trust, Sierra Streams Institute, Placer Land Trust, American Rivers, and many others. For the full
list of sites and more information, please read the Service Position Descriptions section below.

APPLY TODAY: The first round of applications is being accepted now! Applications are due on
October 17, 2011. Interviews will be conducted until all positions are filled – so apply now!




 II.   Member Information and Application Process_
These full-time AmeriCorps positions are for 11 months, beginning January 23, 2012 and concluding
December 21, 2012. Applications are due on October 17, 2011 – Apply now to be considered for all
positions! Late applications will only be considered for unfilled positions. Position offers will be made
in late November 2011.

Responsibilities/Activities: Responsibilities and activities will vary depending on the hosting
organization, but will be based on watershed restoration and assessment, watershed education and
outreach, and volunteer recruitment. Details are provided in the Service Position Descriptions. Below
are a few examples:

       Coordinate volunteers and prepare field equipment for monthly watershed assessment
       monitoring program.
       Collaborate with other groups to design and implement riparian habitat restoration projects in
       high-priority public lands.
       Deliver environmental education presentations to 3rd-8th grade students on water conservation.
       Assist the organization in writing and designing program outreach materials for your project.
       Recruit and coordinate volunteers for your organization.

Placement Locations: Exact locations will vary. There are 15 Host Sites throughout the Sierra
Nevada including: Nevada City, the Lake Tahoe Basin (North & South Shores), Redding, Springville,
Auburn, Bishop, and Placerville/Coloma.



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Applicant Requirements:

       Must be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S.
       Must have the minimum of a High School Diploma or GED (higher education degrees are highly
       recommended).
       Must be a minimum of 18 years or older.
       Must not have a criminal history that precludes the applicant's ability to work with vulnerable
       populations, such as youth and the elderly.

Necessary Skills and Qualifications:

       Ability to work with local community members, conservation groups and agencies
       Experience organizing events
       Interest in service and volunteering
       Skills facilitating and/or participating in group meetings
       Strong writing skills
       Public speaking and outreach skills
       Independent, highly motivated, and able to meet deadlines with limited supervision
       Passion for the natural environment
       Proficiency using personal computers and Internet
       Ability to travel throughout the region
       Ability to perform computer work for up to eight hours per day
       Physical ability to perform strenuous activities at high elevations

Additional Qualifications: Individual positions may have additional required qualifications. Please
see the individual position descriptions for more information regarding qualifications.

Compensation and Benefits:

       Monthly stipend of $1,254 and standard AmeriCorps health insurance.
       AmeriCorps Education Award of $5,550 will be granted upon completion of the program for use
       on existing qualified student loans or future higher education expenses.
       Technical, ecological and skills-development training throughout the year.
       Loan Forbearance while enrolled in the program on qualified student loans.
       Assistance searching for housing when first placed.
       Child care allowance may be provided (depending on your financial status).




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HOW TO APPLY:

Submit the following items via email to snap@sierranevadaalliance.org by October 17th:

       SNAP Member Application. The application can be downloaded from the SNAP website at:
       http://www.servingthesierra.org/application-materials.html.
       Resume (feel free to include community service/volunteer experiences)
       1-2 page Cover Letter. The cover letter should express why you are interested in the position,
       summarize your best qualifications, and indicate what you hope to learn/experience over the
       course of the service year.

Interview and Selection Process:

       Top candidates will be asked to participate in phone interviews between October 20th and
       November 2nd, 2011.

       Second round interviews will be conducted with host organizations from November 4th through
       November 18th, 2011.

       Position offers will be made in late November 2011.

       All applicants are required to undergo a criminal history and sex offender background check
       before officially being accepted into the SNAP Program. Applicants who accept service
       positions will be informed of the steps required to complete background checks at that time.

Applications are being accepted by the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership now! Apply by
October 17 to be part of the 1st round of interviews. Positions begin January 23, 2012.

For more information please contact:

              Allison Peeler, SNAP Regional Coordinator: 530-542-4546 ext. 303,
              snap@sierranevadaalliance.org
              Visit our website at: www.servingthesierra.org

Equal Opportunity Employment: All submissions are confidential. People of color are encouraged
to apply. The Sierra Nevada Alliance and Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership are equal opportunity
employers.




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 III. Service Position Descriptions_
2012 Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership Position Descriptions
_
There are fifteen conservation organizations and agencies mentoring 27 AmeriCorps Members in the
Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership. Below, organized by sub-regions of the Sierra, are the
descriptions of each organization, their program, and what the Member‘s service position
responsibilities would be as of August 31, 2011. A website is provided to learn more about the
organization/agency. Applicants will be asked to rank their top five positions on the Member
Application.

Term of Service: Each position‘s term of service will run from January 23, 2012 through December
21, 2012.
Applicants may also view the proposed service plans that provide an increased level of detail about
service projects for each position. You can find the service plans at:
http://www.servingthesierra.org/service-plans.html.


                                         Southern Sierra

 1. Sierra Foothill Conservancy: Conservation Assistant I

 Site Supervisor: Bridget Fithian
 Contact: 209.742.5556 email: bridget.fithian@sierrafoothill.org

Location: Mariposa, California. A gold rush town located 40 miles southwest of Yosemite National
Park. Mariposa is home to the State Mining and Mineral Museum, has a small independent cinema,
summer outdoor concert series, some great coffee shops, swimming holes and wonderful people. SFC‘s
SNAP members will be based out of our Mariposa office with occasional work days at our Black Mtn
Office. The majority of field work will take place in Mariposa County with occasional projects in
neighboring counties.

Site Supervisor: Bridget Fithian, Mariposa Director (209) 742-5556, bridget.fithian@sierrafoothill.org

Organization Description: Sierra Foothill Conservancy (SFC), a local land trust serving Fresno,
Madera, Mariposa and eastern Merced Counties, was founded in 1996 with the mission to conserve
open space and protect wildlife and ranches, for present and future generations. Over the last 15 years,
SFC has conserved over 20,000 acres of important lands. SFC has two offices, one located in
downtown Mariposa and the second, our main office, located on the Black Mtn Nature Preserve. SFC is
a well known organization throughout the Sierra-Cascade Region for its significant land conservation
achievements.

Program Description: SFC works with private landowners to conserve natural lands and working
ranches with conservation easements, and fee title acquisitions which we own as nature preserves.
SFC‘s Stewardship Program includes use of GIS, GPS and photo documentation of properties,

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restoration projects and building land stewardship relationships with landowners. Our Educational and
Outreach Programs provide our communities with opportunities to learn about and engage with their
natural environment including: a place-based outdoor education program for school children, internships
for college students and expert guided hikes and classes for all ages. SFC works with more than 100
volunteers annually to make our work possible.

Position Description: SNAP Conservation Assistant I will focus on SFC‘s Land Conservation &
Stewardship and Outreach & Education Programs. Stewardship service tasks include field work on SFC
protected lands working with GPS & photo documentation for monitoring and baseline reports, assisting
with restoration projects and building land stewardship relationships with landowners, assisting with
development coordinating restoration projects on preserves. Education & Outreach service tasks
include coordination of SFC‘s field classes, assisting with our K-12 Education Program and educating
the community about SFC‘s work through presentations and representation at community events, and
development and distribution of outreach materials. Our member will also assist in recruiting &
providing volunteer support for our programs. We have found our members to be invaluable in previous
years and we look forward to welcoming our members in 2012.

Required Qualifications: Strong interest in conservation. Ability to work with people from various
socio-political, cultural, and educational backgrounds. Project management experience. Good time
management skills. Ability to take initiative and work both independently and as a member of a team.
Proficient in Microsoft Office Programs. Hiking, being outdoors for up to 6 hours at a time. Able to
work in both office and field settings.

Additional Benefits: Opportunity to play softball for the SFC Oaks!

Website: www.sierrafoothill.org



 2. Sierra Foothill Conservancy: Conservation Assistant II

 Site Supervisor: Bridget Fithian
 Contact: 209.742.5556 email: bridget.fithian@sierrafoothill.org

Location: Mariposa, California. A gold rush town located 40 miles southwest of Yosemite National
Park. Mariposa is home to the State Mining and Mineral Museum, has a small independent cinema,
summer outdoor concert series, some great coffee shops, swimming holes and wonderful people. SFC‘s
SNAP members will be based out of our Mariposa office with occasional work days at our Black Mtn
Office. The majority of field work will take place in Mariposa County with occasional projects in
neighboring counties.

Site Supervisor: Bridget Fithian, Mariposa Director (209) 742-5556, bridget.fithian@sierrafoothill.org

Organization Description: Sierra Foothill Conservancy (SFC), a local land trust serving Fresno,
Madera, Mariposa and eastern Merced Counties, was founded in 1996 with the mission to conserve
open space and protect wildlife and ranches, for present and future generations. Over the last 15 years,

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SFC has conserved over 20,000 acres of important lands. SFC has two offices, one located in
downtown Mariposa and the second, our main office, located on the Black Mtn Nature Preserve. SFC is
a well known organization throughout the Sierra-Cascade Region for its significant land conservation
achievements.

Program Description: SFC works with private landowners to conserve natural lands and working
ranches with conservation easements, and fee title acquisitions which we own as nature preserves.
SFC‘s Stewardship Program includes use of GIS, GPS and photo documentation of properties,
restoration projects and building land stewardship relationships with landowners. Our Educational and
Outreach Programs provide our communities with opportunities to learn about and engage with their
natural environment including: a place-based outdoor education program for school children, internships
for college students and expert guided hikes and classes for all ages. SFC works with more than 100
volunteers annually to make our work possible.

Position Description: SNAP Conservation Assistant II will focus on SFC‘s Land Conservation and
Stewardship Program and also work in our Outreach and Education Program. One of the major projects
this year for the Conservation Assistant II is to work with the Conservation Director and Land
Committee to develop conservation planning tools for the Sierra Foothill Conservancy utilizing GIS
technologies. Stewardship service tasks include field work on SFC protected lands working with GPS
& photo documentation for monitoring and baseline reports, assisting with restoration projects and
building land stewardship relationships with landowners, assisting with development of management
plans and coordinating restoration projects on preserves. Education & Outreach service tasks include
assisting with our series of hikes & classes, and educating the community about SFC‘s work through
presentations and representation at community events, and development and distribution of outreach
materials. Our member will also assist in recruiting & providing volunteer support for our programs.

Required Qualifications: Strong interest in conservation. Ability to work with people from various
socio-political, cultural, and educational backgrounds. Project management experience. Good time
management skills. Ability to take initiative and work both independently and as a member of a team.
Proficient in Microsoft Office Programs. GIS and GPS skills and experience. Hiking, being outdoors
for up to 6 hours at a time. Able to work in both office and field settings. Experience working with a
land trust is a bonus.

Additional Benefits: Opportunity to play softball for the SFC Oaks!

Website: www.sierrafoothill.org




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 3.WildPlaces: Immersed in the Wild & Service Learning Program Coordinator

 Site Supervisor: Mehmet McMillan
 Contact: office 559-539-5263 cell 1-760-447-1702 email mehmet@wildplaces.net

Location: Southern Sierra Nevada within Tulare and Kern Counties. Office is based in Springville,
California. Springville is a small community-oriented town in the foothills of the Southern Sierra
Nevada. The surrounding oak forests, high mountains, valleys and rivers provide many recreational
opportunities. As part of their duties, members will be working and camping in the Sequoia National
Forest, The Giant Sequoia National Monument, and other beautiful outdoor settings.

Site Supervisor: Mehmet McMillan (559) 539-5263, mehmet@wildplaces.net

 Organization Description: WildPlaces is a community-based non-profit organization located in
Springville, California in the foothills of the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains. Our mission is to
preserve, support, and protect California's natural and rural places and the peoples of these landscapes
through volunteer-driven habitat restoration, nature and culture education, and career development.
Here at WildPlaces, we envision communities that are aware of and take an active role in the long
term preservation and health of the resources on which they rely - water, land, air and culture.

Program Description: Immersed in the Wild multi-day events are held in the Sequoia National Forest
and Giant Sequoia National Monument at Giant Sequoia groves, meadows and at traditional village sites
of Native people of the Sierra Nevada. Partner youth organizations and WildPlaces recruit at-risk youth
from diverse cultural, economic and social groups. Educators and land use professionals guide youth in
activities and education sessions about observing, monitoring and restoring watersheds, traditional plant
uses, plant science, wildlife, archeological site stewardship, art, team-building, oral traditions, tracking
and maps.

Position Description:
        Immersed in the Wild & Service Learning Coordinator:
          a. Plan and implement at least four Immersed in the Wild trips during the summer with the
              option of more during the spring and fall. This job will require working on some
              weekends. Duties will require AC member to travel around our service areas for training
              and volunteer outreach.
                    i. Plan trips with existing partners
                   ii. Recruit new partners
                 iii. Plan and manage logistics, such as setting up trip dates, locations, and arranging
                       for reservations and gear in a timely manner.
                  iv. Design and implement education curriculum for Immersed in the Wild.
                   v. Recruit educators, logistics coordinators and other volunteers
                  vi. Tie into other WP programs – Service Learning and Rio Limpio in particular
          b. Plan one service learning project each month during the spring and fall. These projects
              can and should tie into Immersed in the Wild trips. This job will require working on
              some weekends. Duties will require AC member to travel around our service areas for
              training and volunteer outreach.
                    i. Work with local schools, agencies and community/civic groups

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                 ii. Work with existing partners, local landowners, SCICON, Circle J, River Ridge
                     Ranch
           c. Outreach and Networking (this is a joint job with the other AmeriCorps service member)
                  i. Create and send monthly e-update to members (WildUpdate)
                 ii. Create and distribute annual newsletter (WildVoices)
                iii. Manage outreach booths at local events, festivals and any other relevant events
                iv. Design and give presentations about WP programs to local schools, agencies and
                     community/civic groups
                 v. Recruit and manage volunteers for ongoing and one-time projects
                vi. Manage WP member database, YouTube, Facebook and MySpace pages
           d. Manage periodic website updates with the help of our webmaster
                  i. Expanding the Program: Immersed in the Wild Educator Training Program
                 ii. Develop and create a pilot program for training educators in the spring
                iii. Organize location, training, and agenda

Required Qualifications:
      Experience and skills with long term planning and organizing
      Strong communication skills – phone and e-mail
      Basic ability to make and keep a schedule/ project timeline
      Desire to work outdoors with kids/ moderate physical ability
      Independent, highly motivated and able to work under pressure
      Concern for the natural environment and the people who rely on it
      Proficiency using personal computers and the Internet
      Detail orientated, ability to work with a team, and ability to multitask

Desired Qualifications:
       Experience working with youth
       Experience organizing events
       Excellent writing and editing skills
       Experience developing public information materials
       Education and/or background in natural resources, environmental issues, watershed processes
       and/or the social sciences.
       Passion for the outdoors
       Desire to live in a beautiful, community-oriented rural town in the Sierra foothills!

Other benefits:
-Giant Sequoias!!!
-Day trip from Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks
-We will help introduce new members into the community
-WP can help members locate adequate housing
-Springville has an active Slow Food group
-Great biking, whitewater rafting, kayaking, swimming, hiking, fishing and other outdoor activities


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Website: www.wildplaces.net

 4. WildPlaces: Rio Limpio/Clean River Project Coordinator

 Site Supervisor: Mehmet McMillan
 Contact: office 559-539-5263 cell 1-760-447-1702 email mehmet@wildplaces.net

Location: Southern Sierra Nevada within Tulare and Kern Counties. Office is based in Springville, CA.
Springville is a small community-oriented town in the foothills of the Southern Sierra Nevada. The
surrounding oak forests, high mountains, valleys and rivers provide many recreational opportunities. As
part of their duties, members will be working and camping in the Sequoia National Forest, the Giant
Sequoia National Monument, and other beautiful outdoor settings.

Site Supervisor: Mehmet McMillan (559) 539-5263, mehmet@wildplaces.net

 Organization Description: WildPlaces is a community-based non-profit organization located in
Springville, California in the foothills of the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains. Our mission is to
preserve, support, and protect California's natural and rural places and the peoples of these landscapes
through volunteer-driven habitat restoration, nature and culture education, and career development.
Here at WildPlaces, we envision communities that are aware of and take an active role in the long
term preservation and health of the resources on which they rely - water, land, air and culture.

Program Description: WildPlaces is taking a watershed-wide approach to improving the Tule River
and has partnered with the U.S. Forest Service, Visalia's CSET and others to plan and gather resources
for a long-term management program. This program is now meeting several desperate needs:
           1) Río Limpio: Tule River Outreach and Cleanups provide a unified effort to keep the
              Tule River beautiful, clean, safe and open for all to enjoy. Member will coordinate
              volunteer efforts to clear garbage and remove graffiti from the river while reaching out to
              river users to teach the importance of good stewardship practices.
           2) Cleanups: In 2012, volunteer-driven events will take place throughout the spring and
              summer to address the immediate need for clean and sanitary river conditions.
           3) Education is critical to long-term success of this project. No one wants to do river
              cleanups forever, and by educating river users on how to be ―A Good River Steward,‖ we
              can reduce the amount of garbage that is left. Youth and youth leaders are the key to the
              future success of the project.

Position Description:

           1) Coordinate and conduct 3-5 Volunteer-based River Clean-Up and Outreach events
         throughout the summer season
                      Work with the Rio Limpio planning team to plan and execute events
                      Research and contact potential community groups and volunteers for events
                      Actively recruit and retain new and existing volunteer groups for Rio Limpio
                      Maintain and update Rio Limpio contact list
                      Coordinate and conduct pre-event meetings with volunteer leaders and


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                      WildPlaces staff on a weekly basis
                      Conduct pre-event scouting trips on the Tule River with WildPlaces staff to
                      identify clean-up sites
                      Maintain open communications with all Rio Limpio partners, volunteer groups
                      and individuals
                      Create/utilize existing outreach/educational material at field events
                      Follow up events with acknowledgment, thank you letters, phone calls, etc. to
                      volunteers and organizations
                      Coordinate and conduct post-event meetings with volunteer leaders, partners and
                      WildPlaces staff
                      Maintain and organize equipment for cleanup events
                      Create and Research a new water quality program
                      Work in Kern Valley with existing clean-ups conducted by CLM
                      Solidify our climate change position in the program

            2) Outreach and Networking (this is a joint job with the other AmeriCorps service member):
                      Create and send monthly e-update to members (WildUpdate)
                      Create and distribute annual newsletter (WildVoices)
                      Manage outreach booths at local events, festivals and any other relevant events
                      Design and give presentations about WP programs to local schools, agencies and
                      community/civic groups
                      Recruit and manage volunteers for ongoing and one-time projects
                      Manage WP member database
                      Manage YouTube, Facebook and MySpace pages
                      Manage periodic website updates with the help of our webmaster
                      Attend SEWC and FS scoping meetings
                      Recruit Tule Reservation and South Fork Tule River

Required Qualifications:
      Experience and skills with project planning and organizing
      Strong communication skills – phone and e-mail
      Basic ability to make and keep a schedule/ project timeline
      Desire to work outdoors with kids/ moderate physical ability
      Independent, highly- motivated and able to work under pressure
      Concern for the natural environment and the people who rely on it
      Proficiency using personal computers and the Internet
      Detail orientated, ability to work with a team, and ability to multitask

Desired Qualifications:
       Spanish language proficiency
       Experience working with youth


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       Experience organizing events
       Excellent writing and editing skills
       Experience developing public information materials
       Education and/or background in natural resources, environmental issues, social justice,
       watershed processes and/or the social sciences.
       Passion for the outdoors
       Desire to live in a beautiful, community-oriented rural town in the Sierra foothills!

Other benefits:
-Giant Sequoias!!!
-Day trip from Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks
-We will help introduce new members into the community
-WP can help members locate adequate housing
-Springville has an active Slow Food group
-Great biking, whitewater rafting, kayaking, swimming, hiking, fishing and other outdoor activities

Website: www.wildplaces.net



 5. Sequoia Riverlands Trust: Field Trip Coordinator

 Site Supervisor: Laura Childers, Education & Volunteer Director
 Contact: (559) 738-0211 x103, laura@sequoiariverlands.org

Location: Work will be based out of Visalia. Visalia is located below Sequoia National Park in the
Kaweah River Watershed.
Supervisor: Laura Childers, Education & Volunteer Director (559) 738-0211 x103,
laura@sequoiariverlands.org

Organization Description: Sequoia Riverlands Trust (SRT) is a regional, non-profit land trust
dedicated to conserving the natural and agricultural legacy of the southern Sierra Nevada and San
Joaquin Valley. Our mission is to protect working landscapes, wildlife habitat and scenic open spaces,
while ensuring that economic growth in our communities remains vibrant and sustainable. To
accomplish this, SRT engages landowners, farmers, conservationists and business partners in the
counties of Tulare, Fresno, Kern and Kings to collaborate for the land conservation of our Central
California heartland.

Program Description: Sequoia Riverlands Trust (SRT) is dedicated to educating people of all ages
about the value of conserving natural and agricultural resources in the counties of Tulare and Fresno. By
providing outdoor learning opportunities to schools and the community, SRT creates a continuous
program of environmental education that instills a lasting bond between the community and the land,
fostering greater appreciation for its stewardship. We provide the following learning opportunities and
resources to the community:
   -   Field trips at Kaweah Oaks Preserve and Dry Creek Preserve for elementary school students;

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   - Service learning opportunities for youth organizations;
   - Field-based and in-class teacher trainings;
   - Volunteer opportunities for adults and families;
   - Guided nature walks and outdoor nature education events for nature lovers of all ages.
Our goal is to cultivate a sense of curiosity and appreciation for nature and all of the wonders it offers.
SRT‘s environmental education program and monthly walks hope to inspire our community, both young
and old, to pay attention to the land, respect it and come back again and again for quiet escapes and
family enjoyment.

Position Description: The Field Trip Coordinator will be responsible for several of the education
activities that take place on SRT‘s nature preserves. Their focus will be on educating at-risk, under-
served elementary school children and their teachers. The Member will continue SRT‘s field trip
program at Kaweah Oaks Preserve and update its curriculum to include watershed-themed activities.
The Coordinator will develop a new field trip site at Dry Creek Preserve, a restored gravel quarry.
Additionally, they will design curriculum for and host teacher trainings to prepare teachers to take their
students on field trips at SRT‘s nature preserves. Finally, the Member will develop a new watershed-
themed day camp program that will take place at SRT‘s nature preserves.

The Field Trip Coordinator will also provide educational and volunteer opportunities to the general
public. The Member will reach out to under-served communities with the goal of involving them in our
volunteer program and Monthly Walk program. They will design and lead several volunteer work days
focusing on habitat restoration and monitoring. Plus, they will plan our Monthly Walk schedule.
Monthly Walks are public events that focus on wildlife, plants, or environmental issues.

The central theme in all of the Field Trip Coordinator‘s activities will be educating the public about the
watershed where they live, inciting them to steward that watershed, and helping them learn how to
recreate in it.

Required Qualifications: The most important requirement is that you possess a strong interest in land
stewardship and education. Both require your patience and energy. You must also be able to
demonstrate that you are able to plan a project and see it through to the end. Additionally, we need
someone who is creative, resourceful, and possesses the ability to adapt to changing circumstances
quickly and decisively.

You must have:
      At least 1 year of teaching experience
      Rudimentary understanding of natural systems such as: ecology, geology, or biology
      Interest in working with at-risk, under-served youth
      Public speaking experience
      Ability to:
          o Walk on uneven terrain
          o Carry moderately heavy loads of 20 – 30 lbs.
          o Withstand high temperatures for several hours at a time


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           o Willingness to work on weekends, especially during rainy months

Desired Qualifications:
       Bachelor‘s degree in the social sciences, Biology, or Environmental Science
       2-5 years‘ teaching experience
       2-5 years‘ volunteer management experience
       1-5 years‘ experience working closely with public schools and after-school programs
       Knowledge of the San Joaquin Valley‘s social and environmental issues
       Experience working for public lands units, such as national parks or national forests
       GIS mapping skills
       Wildlife and/or plant monitoring experience

Website: www.sequoiariverlands.org



6. Sequoia Riverlands Trust: Serving Learning Coordinator

Site Supervisor: Laura Childers, Education & Volunteer Director
Contact: (559) 738-0211 x103, laura@sequoiariverlands.org

Position Location: Work will be based out of Visalia. Visalia lies at the feet of the Sierra Nevada, the
eastern side of the San Joaquin Valley. It lies in the Kaweah River watershed just below Sequoia
National Park.

Supervisor: Laura Childers, Education & Volunteer Director (559) 738-0211 x103,
laura@sequoiariverlands.org

Organization Description: Sequoia Riverlands Trust (SRT) is a regional, non-profit land trust
dedicated to conserving the natural and agricultural legacy of the southern Sierra Nevada and San
Joaquin Valley. Our mission is to protect working landscapes, wildlife habitat and scenic open spaces,
while ensuring that economic growth in our communities remains vibrant and sustainable. To
accomplish this, SRT engages landowners, farmers, conservationists and business partners in the
counties of Tulare, Fresno, Kern and Kings to collaborate for the land conservation of our Central
California heartland.

Program Description: Sequoia Riverlands Trust (SRT) is dedicated to educating people of all ages
about the value of conserving natural and agricultural resources in the counties of Tulare and Fresno. By
providing outdoor learning opportunities to schools and the community, SRT creates a continuous
program of environmental education that instills a lasting bond between the community and the land,
fostering greater appreciation for its stewardship. We provide the following learning opportunities and
resources to the community:

   -   Field trips at Kaweah Oaks Preserve and Dry Creek Preserve for elementary school students;


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   - Service learning opportunities for youth organizations;
   - Field-based and in-class teacher trainings;
   - Volunteer opportunities for adults and families;
   - Guided nature walks and outdoor nature education events for nature lovers of all ages.
Our goal is to cultivate a sense of curiosity and appreciation for nature and all of the wonders it offers.
SRT‘s environmental education program and monthly walks hope to inspire our community, both young
and old, to pay attention to the land, respect it and come back again and again for quiet escapes and
family enjoyment.

Position Description: The Service Learning Coordinator will continue and build upon SRT‘s growing
service learning program. Service learning projects involve local middle and high school students. Many
come from public schools, but we are also advancing partnerships with local after-school programs.
Projects focus on restoring damaged landscapes, such as former mining sites, and monitoring water
quality, wildlife, and plant life. The projects contain a strong educational component so that the students
understand the importance of land stewardship. The students get to help choose the type of project they
want to do and where they want to do it so that they feel more invested in it.

The Member will help expand this program by developing the Peaks & Valleys Service Learning
Institute (PVSLI). PVSLI is going to be a year-round service learning program that will take students
from the bottom of the San Joaquin Valley to the peaks of the Sierra. SRT and our partners have already
drawn up a basic plan for the project; we need someone to help us flesh it out and make it happen.

Required Qualifications: This position requires patience and passion: you must be able to work with
many different types of people, and you must care deeply about educating children and restoring the
land. Everything else is gravy.

You must have:
      At least 6 months of teaching experience
      Cooking skills (we make a hot lunch for kids doing winter projects)
      Experience camping and hiking in mountainous environments
      Public speaking experience
      Willingness to work on weekends, especially frequent in rainy months
      Ability to:
          o Walk on uneven terrain
          o Carry moderately heavy loads of 20 – 30 lbs.
          o Withstand high temperatures for several hours at a time

Desired Qualifications:
       1+ years of teaching experience
       1+ years experience working with public schools and after-school programs
       2+ years of stewardship experience planting plants and/or monitoring wildlife
       Experience monitoring water quality of streams and ponds


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       GIS and GPS skills
       Strong experience in logistical planning for outdoor volunteering and/or camping events
       1+ years experience working with national forests or national parks
       Bachelor or Masters degree in Education, Environmental Science, Ecology, or Natural Resource
       Management
       Keen understanding of social and environmental issues in the San Joaquin Valley

Website: www.sequoiariverlands.org


                                           Eastern Sierra


 7. Eastern Sierra Land Trust: Education and Outreach Coordinator

 Site Supervisor: Karen Ferrell-Ingram
 Contact: (760) 873-4554, karen@eslt.org

Position Location: The ESLT office is located in Bishop, the largest town in Inyo County with a
population of 8,000 (there are 18,000 residents in Inyo County). Bishop is in a deep valley, nestled
between the majestic Sierra Nevada and the intriguing White-Inyo Mountains. People treasure Bishop
and the Eastern Sierra Nevada for many reasons - the awesome vistas, the working farms and ranches,
the thriving fish and wildlife - reasons that inspire them to want to protect these values for future
generations. Bishop is renowned for its outdoor recreational opportunities and offers access to world
class rock climbing, bouldering, backpacking, hiking, trout fishing and skiing in the winter, with
Mammoth Mountain Resort only 40 minutes away. Bishop also offers quick access to the John Muir
Wilderness, Yosemite National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, Sequoia National Park, and Death
Valley National Park. The closest airports are Reno, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

Supervisor: Karen Ferrell-Ingram, Executive Director (760) 873-4554, karen@eslt.org

Organization Description: Eastern Sierra Land Trust (ESLT) is nationally accredited and was
established in 2001 to work with willing private landowners and the public to protect vital lands in Inyo,
Mono and Alpine Counties and Western Nevada for their scenic, recreational, historical, agricultural,
botanic, watershed and wildlife values. ESLT has partnered to permanently preserve almost 10,000
acres of prime ranch and farmland, critical habitats, and iconic scenic vistas. ESLT‘s stewardship
program ensures that these lands remain viable and productive for future generations of wild and human
inhabitants and visitors.

Program Description: ESLT‘s AmeriCorps member will lead and collaborate on education and
outreach projects that connect the public with the beautiful and productive lands of the Eastern Sierra.
Restoration and enhancement of preserved lands are a priority for ESLT and will also be a focus area of
ESLT‘s AmeriCorps member. Member will work on a variety of interesting projects with a high level
of responsibility and creative freedom.

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Position Description: As ESLT‘s Education Coordinator, our AmeriCorps member will continue to
expand, develop and deliver a high level of educational programs for the organization by involving our
community and members in site visits, field trips, seminars, work projects, and fun children‘s events.
The AmeriCorps member will also be involved in watershed restoration and enhancement including:
       Lead role in planning and implementation of new wildlife migration corridor restoration and
       enhancement project
       Design and coordination of habitat restoration projects, including the continuation of the habitat
       restoration project for the Owens speckled dace native fish and monitoring and enhancement of
       habitat for a rare butterfly species
       Development and implementation of youth and adult environmental education programs
       Design, production and distribution of education materials that increase public awareness and
       support for effective watershed and habitat protection and enhancement
       Recruitment and management of program-related volunteers
       Assistance with easement monitoring and land stewardship programs

Required Qualifications: Applicants should possess a high level of energy and passion for improving
and sharing ESLT‘s preserved lands and the region‘s important watersheds. Excellent communication
skills, good physical conditioning, and ability to navigate and travel in the outdoors are required
qualifications. Tolerance and appreciation for various viewpoints are also necessary for living in a
remote rural environment. Sense of humor and team player orientation will be helpful.

Additional Benefits: ESLT staff and board will assist with the assimilation process and introductions
to Eastern Sierra living for our AmeriCorps member. Living in a safe and small town surrounded by
awe-inspiring scenery and endless outdoor recreational opportunities is a priceless and unequaled
benefit!

Website: www.eslt.org




                                Northern and Central Sierra

 8. American Rivers: River Assessment and Restoration Assistant

 Site Supervisor: Luke Hunt (Program) and Sarah Regan (Adminstrative)
 Contact: Luke Hunt 530.478.8325 lhunt@amrivers.org, Sarah Regan 530.478.0206
 sregan@amrivers.org

Position Location:
(Nevada City, CA) The California Regional Office of American Rivers is located in Nevada City, a
beautiful and historic foothill community. Considered to be among the best-preserved towns of the

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West, Nevada City is more than a historical site to see. It is a vibrant, thriving community, and
entertainment hub of the Sierra Nevada foothills. At the gateway to the Tahoe National Forest, Nevada
City offers fantastic hiking, road and mountain biking, and water recreation, not to mention world-class
skiing and snowboarding just an hour's drive away. The Wild and Scenic South Yuba River is just
minutes outside of town and offers great hiking in the winter and amazing swimming holes in the
summer.

Supervisors: Luke Hunt (530) 478-8325 lhunt@amrivers.org, Sarah Regan (530) 478-0206
sregan@amrivers.org

Organization Description: American Rivers was founded in 1973 to protect and restore our nation‘s
rivers. Since that time, we have helped designate 11,000 miles of rivers across the country as ―wild and
scenic,‖ brought rivers to life by helping communities remove or re-operate hundreds of dams,
safeguarded public health by working to eliminate sewage pollution in our waterways, protected
communities from flooding by advocating more effective practices and policies, restored habitat for fish
and wildlife, provided scientific and legislative expertise on behalf of rivers and clean water, and
delivered advocacy leadership to the nation‘s growing river movement.

Our work is driven by a core conviction that a healthy river is one of a community‘s most valuable
assets. American Rivers has more than 65,000 supporters nationwide, with staff in Washington, D.C.,
California, and in the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, Midwest, Southeast, and Northwest regions. American
Rivers is the only national organization dedicated solely to standing up for healthy rivers so our
communities can thrive. Through national advocacy, innovative solutions and our growing network of
strategic partners, we protect and promote our rivers as valuable assets that are vital to our health, safety
and quality of life.

American Rivers‘ California staff has been at the forefront of major river restoration and protection
efforts including the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, the San Joaquin River restoration program,
restoration of headwater meadows in the Sierra Nevada, the historic Klamath River agreement to
remove four large dams on one of the Pacific Coast‘s most important salmon rivers, and the integration
of river ecology in the redesign of California‘s flood control system. Through our Regional Office in
Nevada City, we have begun to address a number of technical, outreach, institutional, and communication
needs faced by the river conservation community. American Rivers works closely with many conservation
and recreation groups in California to restore rivers and meadows that have been harmed by hydropower
dams, excessive diversions, poor water quality, fish passage barriers and other ills.

Program Description: The 2012 River Restoration Outreach Coordinator will work closely with the
Sierra Rivers Program team in the planning, design, implementation and evaluation of a range of
projects focusing on rivers and watersheds. Member service projects in the Sierra will include:

       DEER CREEK TRIBUTE TRAIL
       NEVADA CITY BLUE WATER BANK
       BEAR VALLEY MEADOW
       HOPE VALLEY MEADOW
       ACKERSON MEADOW


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       GARDEN BAR DAM
       MARTIS VALLEY DAM
       SIERRA WIDE BLUE TRAILS
       YUBA RIVER SALMON RESTORATION

Position Description: The River Assessment and Restoration Assistant will gain project management
and restoration assessment skills and experience through their service on a diversity of projects at
American Rivers. Assessment skills will include field work as well as desk-top methods. Field
assessment will include vegetation, groundwater, hydrology, water quality,
geomorphology/topographical surveys, and other biological assessments conducted in Sierra streams
and high-elevation meadows. Desktop assessment will include GIS analysis, literature reviews, and
hydrologic modeling. Hope Valley and Ackerson Meadow projects are near the beginning stages of
restoration planning, and in 2012, the member will assist in all work leading to conceptual designs.

The Sierra Water Trust project will allow the member to assist in the design and implementation of a
hydrology monitoring plan and conduct analysis to understand natural flow regimes in target
watersheds. This will be done using a suite of technical equipment to survey and assess the condition of
the riverine system in question as well as coordinating with watershed groups across the Sierra and
performing regional outreach.

The Nevada City Blue Water Bank project will involve research on water use in Nevada City and water
rights in the watershed, and monitoring of the impact of the transfers on the ecology of Deer Creek. The
Sierra Wide Blue Trails activity will start a database on existing or potential blue trails and subsequent
analyses to select 10 priority river reaches where access, recreation and educational opportunities can be
improved.
Required Qualifications:

       B.S. in Natural Resources, Geomorphology, Aquatic Science or related field
       Study or interest in River science
       Experience in field studies and stream sampling
       Strong oral and written communication skills
       Knowledge of GIS software

Additional Benefits: American Rivers is a national nonprofit organization and you would be working
in the California office, in Nevada City. At American Rivers, your Sierra work will always be placed in
the larger context of what‘s happening in river conservation nationwide. We are serious about the
professional development of our SNAP members, and all of our SNAP alumni have gone on to either
government or nonprofit environmental work or graduate school. Office culture is fun and social
(picnics, river trips) and also professional (collared shirts). Field work is concentrated in the summer in
high alpine meadows and river headwaters; it will likely be a smaller component of your time than at
some other SNAP sites. Nevada City is a small, vibrant foothill town with an active local foods
movement, great access to whitewater, biking, hiking, etc. and four SNAP host sites.

Website: www.americanrivers.org

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 9. American Rivers: River Restoration Outreach Coordinator

 Site Supervisor: Luke Hunt (Program) and Sarah Regan (Administrative)
 Contact: Luke Hunt 530.478.8325 lhunt@amrivers.org Sarah Regan 530.478.0206
 sregan@amrivers.org

Position Location: (Nevada City, CA) The California Regional Office of American Rivers is located in
Nevada City, a beautiful and historic foothill community. Considered to be among the best-preserved
towns of the West, Nevada City is more than a historical site to see. It is a vibrant, thriving community,
and entertainment hub of the Sierra Nevada foothills. At the gateway to the Tahoe National Forest,
Nevada City offers fantastic hiking, road and mountain biking, and water recreation, not to mention
world class skiing and snowboarding just an hour's drive away. The Wild and Scenic South Yuba River
is just minutes outside of town and offers great hiking in the winter and amazing swimming holes in the
summer.

Supervisors: Luke Hunt (530) 478-8325 lhunt@amrivers.org, Sarah Regan (530)478-0206
sregan@amrivers.org

Organization Description: American Rivers was founded in 1973 to protect and restore our nation‘s
rivers. Since that time, we have helped designate 11,000 miles of rivers across the country as ―wild and
scenic,‖ brought rivers to life by helping communities remove or re-operate hundreds of dams,
safeguarded public health by working to eliminate sewage pollution in our waterways, protected
communities from flooding by advocating more effective practices and policies, restored habitat for fish
and wildlife, provided scientific and legislative expertise on behalf of rivers and clean water, and
delivered advocacy leadership to the nation‘s growing river movement. Our work is driven by a core
conviction that a healthy river is one of a community‘s most valuable assets. American Rivers has more
than 65,000 supporters nationwide, with staff in Washington, D.C., California, and in the Mid-Atlantic,
Northeast, Midwest, Southeast, and Northwest regions. American Rivers is the only national
organization dedicated solely to standing up for healthy rivers so our communities can thrive. Through
national advocacy, innovative solutions and our growing network of strategic partners, we protect and
promote our rivers as valuable assets that are vital to our health, safety and quality of life.
American Rivers‘ California staff has been at the forefront of major river restoration and protection
efforts including the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, the San Joaquin River restoration program,
restoration of headwater meadows in the Sierra Nevada, the historic Klamath River agreement to
remove four large dams on one of the Pacific coasts most important salmon rivers, and the integration of
river ecology in the redesign of California‘s flood control system. Through our Regional Office in
Nevada City, we have begun to address a number of technical, outreach, institutional, and
communication needs faced by the river conservation community. American Rivers works closely with
many conservation and recreation groups in California to restore rivers and meadows that have been
harmed by hydropower dams, excessive diversions, poor water quality, fish passage barriers and other
ills.




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Program Description: The 2012 River Restoration Outreach Coordinator will work closely with the
Sierra Rivers Program team in the planning, design, implementation and evaluation of a range of
projects focusing on rivers and watersheds. Member service projects in the Sierra will include:

       DEER CREEK TRIBUTE TRAIL
       HOPE VALLEY MEADOW
       GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE: STORMWATER RETENTION IN THE SIERRA
       SIERRA WATER TRUST
       SIERRA WIDE BLUE TRAILS
       SIERRA MEADOWS OUTREACH
       YUBA RIVER WILD SALMON RESTORATION
       OUTREACH FOR AMERICAN RIVERS CALIFORNIA REGIONAL OFFICE
       THE BLUE WATER BANK AT NEVADA CITY

Position Description: The AmeriCorps member will serve as an outreach coordinator for American
Rivers‘ California office, working with staff in the national office to develop outreach materials specific
to river and watershed conservation in California. American Rivers‘ green infrastructure projects
demonstrate emerging technologies for capturing and treating stormwater runoff. The outreach goal is
to build from local demonstrations projects and have these practices adopted widely. Meadow and
floodplains are also a form of natural infrastructure—they store flood waters, improve water quality, and
are reservoirs for late-season flows. The member will assist in developing materials and an outreach
strategy to promote the benefits of restoring these natural systems. American Rivers ―Blue Trail‖ work
enhances river access and recreation opportunities on rivers. The member will assist in identifying
promising stretches for trails in the Sierra and creating interpretive and promotional materials. The
Water Trust and Water Bank projects aim to restore flows in dewatered creeks by reallocating water use
to instream flows. In assisting this project, the member will have the opportunity to learn about water
use in California and strategies for preserving natural flows. The member will also assist with
monitoring of sierra meadow restoration work (see description under our other Americorps position
entitled: River Assessment and Restoration Assistant).

Required Qualifications:

• Bachelors Degree in Natural Resources, Environmental Science, or related field
• Strong oral and written communication skills
• Interest in social networking, blogging, and web communication
• Ability to organize and lead volunteers

Additional Benefits: American Rivers is a national nonprofit organization and you would be working
in the California office, in Nevada City. At American Rivers, your Sierra work will always be placed in
the larger context of what‘s happening in river conservation nationwide. We are serious about the
professional development of our SNAP members, and all of our SNAP alumni have gone on to either
government or nonprofit environmental work or graduate school. Office culture is fun and social
(picnics, river trips) and also professional (collared shirts). Field work is concentrated in the summer in
high alpine meadows and river headwaters; it will likely be a smaller component of your time than at


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some other SNAP sites. Nevada City is a small, vibrant foothill town with an active local foods
movement, great access to whitewater, biking, hiking, etc. and 4 SNAP host sites.

Website: www.americanrivers.org




10. Bear Yuba Land Trust: Conservation Programs Assistant

Site Supervisor: Marty Coleman-Hunt
Contact: 530-272-5994 x202 or Marty@NevadaCountyLandTrust.org

Position Location: Grass Valley, Ca (Western Nevada County)
Western Nevada County, in the northern Sierra foothills, is bounded by the Bear River and the Middle
Fork of the Wild and Scenic Yuba River, and ranges from near sea level at the edge of the Sacramento
Valley, rolling gently to 9,000 feet at the crest of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. With numerous
rivers, lakes, mountains and meadows it is a natural attraction for people who enjoy the outdoors
whether for the environmental quality or for recreation. The landscape of the foothills is emblematic of
our state – grasslands golden in the summer sun mingling with rolling oak woodlands. Nevada City and
Grass Valley were settled during the nineteenth century gold rush and the towns reflect the picture-
postcard Victorian architecture of that period. We are only an hour from Sacramento, three hours from
San Francisco, with Lake Tahoe and Reno close by. This community offers the best of both worlds:
spectacular natural environment with endless recreation as well as a community large enough to meet
just about any needs without having to go ―off the mountain‖ to an urban area. Many of the young
adults who settle here do so for the environmental quality and the easy-going lifestyle.

Supervisor: Marty Coleman-Hunt, Executive Director (530) 272-5994 x202 or
Marty@NevadaCountyLandTrust.org

Organization Description: Founded in 1990, Nevada County Land Trust (NCLT) is a non-profit,
membership-supported group promoting voluntary conservation of our natural, historical and
agricultural resources. NCLT recently became Bear Yuba Land Trust. Bear Yuba Land Trust endeavors
to fulfill its mission through –

       •   The protection of critical landscapes and the management of lands held in trust.
       •   Enhance and restore wetlands and watersheds, open space, and natural habitats.
       •   The support of sustainable economic productivity of working lands such as agricultural,
           range and forest lands.
       •   Fulfill unmet outdoor recreation needs such as building and maintaining trails and parks.
       •   Community outreach and public education on the benefits of land conservation and strategies
           for protecting the rural quality of our community for a diverse population of residents.




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The forests and woodlands surrounding Grass Valley and Nevada City are full of many awe inspiring
hiking, biking and equestrian trails. Over the past 20 years, NCLT has built most of them using best
practices that minimize erosion and maintain watershed quality. Our restoration activities are just
beginning to take shape on lands owned by BYLT with a focus on pond and associated wetlands
rehabilitation and enhancement, working with local youth and other community civic groups.

Program Description: The Member would directly support the organization‘s mission in two areas:
assisting with responsible, multi-use trail building, maintenance and use; and leading the restoration of
pond habitats and associated wetlands engaging youth and community civic groups as volunteers.
These activities will take place within watershed lands of the Sierra Foothills, including the Middle and
South Yuba Rivers, Bear River and important creek and tributary systems.

Position Description: Trails work includes assisting an on-staff master trail builder with trail design,
building and maintenance while minimizing erosion and maintaining surrounding watershed integrity,
trail mapping, informative and way-finding signage and promotion. This is an ongoing active trails
program that includes working collaboratively with other local trails groups to ensure trail activities to
not degrade the natural environment. Restoration duties include conducting wetlands restoration
projects on ponds, riparian areas and drainages to ensure sustainable habit for aquatic life. The selected
sites for restoration are pristine western pond turtle habitats, which offer opportunity for protection and
repopulation of a threatened species. Projects will be lead by the Member with volunteers from outdoor
youth programs and other community civic organizations.

Required Qualifications:
      Study or interest in habitat restoration, trails construction, and/or community outreach on issues
      related to the environment
      Previous experience as EITHER performing trails construction or maintenance OR on-the-
      ground wetlands restoration or pond aquatic habitats
      Ability to do physical labor that might be part of trails construction or maintenance and wetlands
      restoration
      Computer and web savvy
      Strong oral and written communication skills
      Ability to work in a team environment
      Able to adapt to changing dynamics and effectively juggle competing priorities
      Personal transportation is required.

Desired Qualifications:
       Degree in field ecology or related applied environmental field
       Ability to quickly learn how to use GPS/surveying equipment, GIS software, mapping
       Previous experience with youth groups in outdoor settings
       Previous experience with volunteer recruitment and coordination
       Success in grant writing or other fundraising activities
       Public speaking proficiency


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Additional Benefits: This position will allow the Member to interact with the local community in a
highly visible and therefore personally rewarding way. This person will interact with several
environmental, trails and youth organizations such as SYRCL, American Rivers Conservancy, Sierra
Streams Institute, Bicyclist of Nevada County and local charter schools. The sites for restoration are a
habitat for threatened aquatic species making the projects particularly appealing. As such, the position
has many elements that could contribute to positive resume building for anyone interested in a career in
conservation.

Website: www.nevadacountylandtrust.org




 11. Bear Yuba Land Trust: Outreach Coordinator

 Site Supervisor: Marty Coleman-Hunt
 Contact: 530-272-5994 x202 or Marty@NevadaCountyLandTrust.org

Position Location: Grass Valley, CA
The foothills region in the northern Sierra foothills is bounded by the American River and the Yuba
River, and ranges from near sea level at the edge of the Sacramento Valley, rolling gently to 4,000 feet
in elevation. The landscape of the foothills is emblematic of our state – grasslands golden in the
summer sun mingling with rolling oak woodlands. These foothills were settled during the nineteenth
century gold rush and the towns reflect the picture-postcard Victorian architecture of that period. We
are only an hour from Sacramento, three hours from San Francisco, with Lake Tahoe and Reno close by.
This region offers the best of all worlds: spectacular natural environment with endless recreation as well
as a community large enough to meet just about any needs without having to go ―off the mountain‖ to
an urban area. Many of the newcomers who settle here do so for the environmental quality and the
easy-going lifestyle.

Supervisor: Marty Coleman-Hunt, Executive Director (530) 272-5994 x202 or
Marty@NevadaCountyLandTrust.org

Organization Description: The Bear-Yuba Partnership is a regional collaboration of land conservation
organizations protecting the waterways, historic ranches and oak woodlands of the Sierra foothills in the
Bear and Yuba River watersheds. Three organizations: The Trust for Public Land, Bear Yuba Land
Trust and Placer Land Trust have formed the Bear-Yuba Partnership in 2009 to increase investment in
strategic landscape-scale conservation of the Bear and Yuba River watersheds for the economic and
ecological health of our local rural communities, for the benefit of all Californians, for future
generations. This collaboration formed is governed by a Memorandum of Understanding and has been
endorsed by the Boards of Supervisors for Placer, Yuba and Nevada Counties.

Program Description: The Member would support the organization‘s mission of raising visibilty for
restoration and protection of strategic landscapes across the Northern Sierra Foothills. This will be done
through community, landowner, technical professional and public agency outreach and on-the-ground


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engagement. The Member will help to locate, map, define conservation values, identify stakeholders
and partner organizations, engage influencers and funders, and work with volunteers to restore the Bear
and Yuba watersheds. Strategic landscapes include important animal migration corridors, special habitat
areas for sensitive species, connectivity between existing protected lands, etc.

Position Description: Member will help coordinate regular BYP Board meetings, coordinate public
events such as the annual ―Foothills Forum Technical Symposium,‖ handle outreach and
communications including publicity, update and maintain website, create video and photography of key
projects, design and produce new BYP brochure and other materials for outreach to landowners and
conservation partners, coordinate regional mapping efforts. Member will attend select watershed
meetings to share information from/to BYP and set up and staff booths and tables at important
conservation conferences and community events. Member will take the lead in particpating in
restoration projects such as Great Sierra Clean-Up and identify similar hands-on restoration projects in
the strategic areas on behalf of BYP.

Required Qualifications:
      Study or interest in land conservation
      Previous experience community outreach on issues related to the environment
      Ability to do hard physical labor (restoration projects, trash clean-up, hiking over steep and
      rough terrain, etc.)
      Computer and web savvy
      Strong personal, oral and written communication skills
      Ability to take direction and work independently while project leaders may be located in remote
      locations
      Ability to work in a team environment
      Able to adapt to changing dynamics and effectively juggle competing priorities
      Personal transportation is required.

Desired Qualifications:
       Degree in field ecology or related conservation field
       Ability to quickly learn how to use GPS/surveying equipment and mapping software
       Public speaking proficiency

Additional Benefits: This position will allow the Member to interact with three different conservation
organizations under one umbrella – in a visible and therefore personally rewarding way. This person
will interact with several environmental professionals and agencies, as well as landowners, contractors,
the general public. The position has many elements that could contribute to positive resume building for
anyone interested in a career in regional conservation.

Website: www.NevadaCountyLandTrust.org. or www.bearyubapartnership.org.




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 12, 13 & 14. Sierra Streams Institute: River Scientist (3Positions)

 Site Supervisor: Justin Wood
 Contact: 530-265-6090 Ext. 204, justin@sierrastreamsinstitute.org

Position Location: Nevada City, CA.
Nevada City is located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains in Northern California, one hour
west of Lake Tahoe and three hours east of the Pacific coast. In Gold Rush days, Nevada City was a
thriving hub of mining activity, and it remains one of the liveliest, friendliest and most beautiful of all
California Gold Rush towns with a remarkably rich cultural life. It is considered to be one of the best-
preserved towns in the west. In addition to its rich history and considerable natural beauty, Nevada City
boasts a thriving arts and entertainment community with fine restaurants, a vibrant live music scene,
galleries, museums, and theater. Nevada City is a Mecca for outdoors enthusiasts, with abundant
recreational opportunities such as backpacking, cycling, and kayaking in the many rivers and lakes, as
well as skiing and rock climbing in the nearby mountains. The climate is characterized by hot, dry
summers, and wet winters with periodic snowstorms and lots of winter sunshine.

Supervisor: Justin Wood (530) 265-6090 Ext. 204, justin@sierrastreamsinstitute.org

Organization Description: Sierra Streams Institute is a regional watershed science organization based
in Nevada City, California, dedicated to increasing watershed stewardship capacity throughout the
Sierra Nevada region and beyond. Founded in 1995 as Friends of Deer Creek, SSI has grown to
become an important voice in the regional scientific community. We are still proud to call Deer Creek
our home watershed. Deer Creek is a major tributary of the Yuba River, which drains to the Feather
River, the Sacramento River, and ultimately the San Francisco Bay. We work with local, state, and
federal agencies as well as universities and community groups to find solutions to the problems that
afflict Deer Creek and other watersheds throughout the region that share the challenges resulting from a
century and a half of gold mining, development, and agriculture. SSI's emphasis on rigorous science and
consistent data collection provides the basis for restoration decisions that are made on behalf of Deer
Creek and other Sierra streams, and makes us an especially valuable partner of local and state
government agencies who lack the funding and capacity to gather their own data.

Program Description: Sierra Streams Institute focuses on the following six program areas:
   1. Watershed Restoration
   2. Watershed Science Education
   3. Research
   4. Training
   5. Lab and Testing Services
   6. Friends of Deer Creek.

Position Description: The River Scientist will work with staff scientists, volunteers, and interns to
collect and analyze scientific data throughout the Deer Creek watershed. He/she will assist with
scientific projects in the watershed including: monthly water quality monitoring, macroinvertebrate and
algae collection, and annual habitat assessments; monitoring the results of a gravel augmentation
restoration project; maintaining stream flow gauging stations, measuring streamflow to develop rating

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curves, and maintaining a streamflow database; helping with the three Brownfields Clean-up projects
and a pilot phytoremediation project to remediate contaminated mine lands; implementing a spawning
bed enhancement project for Chinook salmon and steelhead, and conducting pre and post-project
monitoring to evaluate success of restoration; using algae, macroinvertebrates, birds, fish, amphibians
and bacteria as indicators of health and restoration success; processing samples in the lab; monitoring
effects of storm events and Lake Wildwood reservoir drawdown events; developing maps of monitoring
and restoration sites using GIS; data and statistical analysis of various datasets; working with the
Nisenan Maidu tribe on restoration projects and interpretive signage; helping with the watershed science
education program; conducting research and outreach to community members on how the environment
affects public health; participate in various restoration projects including the Scotch Broom Challenge
and Great Sierra River Clean-Up; and helping to complete the Tribute Trail on the Environs property by
building trail and restoring native plant habitat. There is considerable overlap between the two
SSI/FODC positions. Workplans will be tailored to the strengths and interests of each applicant.

Required Qualifications:
      College degree with a focus or interest in hydrology, geology, river science, biology, ecology,
      restoration science, chemistry, environmental science, or related field.
      Ability to work independently, with other staff, and a diverse group of volunteers and interns.
      Strong written and oral communication skills; strong computer and organizational skills.
      Knowledge of the scientific method, strong data and statistical analysis skills.
      Ability to hike through creeks and be on your feet for up to 8 hours a day to perform monitoring
      and habitat assessments.
      Ability to carry monitoring and surveying equipment that weighs up to 40 lbs.
      Ability to work in the office sitting at a computer station, or in the lab sitting and standing to
      process samples and/or working at a microscope, for up to 8 hours a day.
      Ability to drive for up to 8 hours a day to access monitoring sites and required trainings across
      the Sierra Nevada.

Desired Qualifications:
       Experience using data analysis and statistical software packages (SPSS, JMP, Sigma Plot,
       Minitab, etc) and Geographic Information Systems and ArcGIS software.
       Experience performing habitat assessments, conducting algae and macroinvertebrate sampling,
       conducting water quality and other monitoring, and processing samples in a lab.
       Experience leading groups in the field and/or teaching in a classroom or field setting.
       Experience conducting field studies related to streamflow data collection and surveying streams
       for hydrologic and geomorphic variables.
       Experience with on-the-ground restoration projects.

Additional Benefits: Perks of serving as an AmeriCorps Member at Sierra Streams Institute include:
       Live and work in Nevada City, in close proximity to abundant recreational opportunities
       including skiing and snowboarding, mountain biking, kayaking, and backpacking.
       Work with scientists in a great environment to develop professional skills.

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       Have the opportunity to lead projects, and to work with and manage volunteers and interns.
       Get assistance with relocation and settling in to the area, as needed, from our staff and
       volunteers.
       Good food in the office! Baked goods and fresh produce often show up from our staff and
       volunteers.

Website: www.sierrastreamsinstitute.org



 15. South Yuba River Citizen’s League: River Monitoring Specialist

 Site Supervisor: Cecily Mui, Restoration Projects Manager
 Contact: (530) 265-5961 x213, cecily@syrcl.org

Position Location: SYRCL‘s office is in Nevada City, CA – a lovely town and community in the Sierra
foothills. Historic Nevada City is regarded as a cultural, artistic and environmental hub within the Sierra
Nevada Range. Once the epicenter of the California Gold Rush, Nevada City—with its proximity to the
South Yuba River is undergoing a multi-decade renaissance as a model community pursuing ecological
and economical sustainability through innovative green enterprises, neo-agrarian renewal and watershed
restoration. All of our work is conducted in the beautiful and inspiring Yuba Watershed.

Organization Description: SYRCL is the leading voice for the protection and restoration of the Yuba
River and greater Yuba Watershed. Founded in 1983 through a rural, grassroots campaign to defend the
South Yuba River from proposed hydropower dams, SYRCL has developed into a vibrant community
organization with over 3,500 members and volunteers based in Nevada City.

SYRCL is the leading regional advocate for creating resilient human and natural communities
throughout the greater Yuba River basin by restoring creeks and rivers, restoring wild salmon
populations, and inspiring and organizing people – from the Yuba‘s source, to the sea.

Program Description: SYRCL‘s River Science Program informs priority issues and restoration
opportunities through extensive monitoring and collaborative watershed assessment. SYRCL‘s citizen-
based River Monitoring program utilizes over 80 volunteers to collect water quality data on a monthly
basis at 44 sites throughout the watershed. Volunteers are also trained for participation in
bioassessment, photo documentation, temperature logger deployment, flow monitoring, and meadows
health assessment. In 2010, the publication of the on-line Yuba River Watershed Information System
(www.yubashed.org) created a repository for River Monitoring data and a platform for greater citizen
engagement with data analysis.

Position Description: The River Monitoring Specialist will provide leadership to SYRCL‘s renowned
water quality monitoring program, participate in a range of data gathering activities with SYRCL‘s
River Science Program, and take primary responsibility for certain monitoring and reporting tasks,
including the coordination of and training of volunteers. The River Monitoring Specialist will work
closely with the River Science Program Director on monitoring plans and to ensure quality of data. The

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River Monitoring Specialist will also assist the Restoration Projects Manager with pre- and post-
restoration project monitoring. The River Monitoring Specialist will work with SYRCL‘s esteemed
Science Committee in the review of data and development of assessment products. The River
Monitoring Specialist will also provide outreach and education at community events and for school
groups.

Required Qualifications:
A successful River Monitoring Specialist should have the following qualifications:
       Post-secondary education in physical or biological sciences with coursework in watershed
       sciences, aquatic ecology, or related subjects and/or equivalent experience
       Experience organizing and motivating people
       Good written and verbal communication skills
       Good leadership and team skills
       Ability to multi-task and prioritize
       Organized and attention to detail, especially when assembling materials and equipment for field
       work
       Experience in biological fieldwork and willingness to work outdoors in strenuous physical
       activity under diverse weather conditions, such as hiking with equipment, work during high
       temperatures for up to 8 hours
       Willingness to do office work, data entry and analysis
       Available to work occasional weekends and evenings
       Comfortable in water and river environments with a willingness to complete River Guide
       training
       Valid driver‘s license

Desired Qualifications:
Additional skills and experiences are:
       Concentrated experience working in targeted ecosystems of the greater Yuba Watershed (e.g.
       west slope Sierra rivers, mountain meadows, floodplains and wetlands)
       River monitoring equipment management and maintenance skills
       Scientific study design, monitoring, and analysis skills
       Experience with flow monitoring and discharge relationships
       Knowledge of terrestrial and aquatic invasive and sensitive native species ecology
       Basic GIS skills
       Demonstrated experience teaching science content

Website: www.syrcl.org; www.yubashed.org




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 16. South Yuba River Citizen’s League: Watershed Restoration Coordinator

 Site Supervisor: Cecily Mui, Restoration Projects Manager
 Contact: (530) 265-5961, Cecily@syrcl.org

Position Location: SYRCL‘s office is in Nevada City, CA – a lovely town and community in the Sierra
foothills. All of our work is conducted in the beautiful and inspiring Yuba Watershed.

Organization Description: SYRCL is the leading voice for the protection and restoration of the Yuba
River and greater Yuba Watershed. Founded in 1983 through a rural, grassroots campaign to defend the
South Yuba River from proposed hydropower dams, SYRCL has developed into a vibrant community
organization with over 3,500 members and volunteers based in Nevada City.

SYRCL is the leading regional advocate for creating resilient human and natural communities
throughout the greater Yuba River basin by restoring creeks and rivers, restoring wild salmon
populations, and inspiring and organizing people – from the Yuba‘s source to the sea.

Program Description: SYRCL‘s River Science Program informs priority issues and restoration
opportunities through extensive monitoring and collaborative watershed assessment. In 2010, SYRCL
completed a report titled: A 21st Century Assessment of the Yuba River Watershed. The Watershed
Assessment is designed to inspire and provoke an innovative community-based approach to watershed
coordination and habitat restoration, and articulates the restoration priorities in the Yuba Basin, as well
as the organizing of Watershed Guilds -- tributary-scale groups of landowners, citizen advocates and
public agencies focused on common concerns and restoration actions.

The largest project in SYRCL‘s Restoration Program involves planting of riparian hardwood cuttings
along the lower Yuba River and an associated new conservation easement. These are the first habitat
restoration projects on the lower Yuba River since massive destruction associated with the gold-mining
era. SYRCL published the Rehabilitation Concepts for the Lower Yuba River, which provides a
foundation for planning and implementing other restoration projects to enhance salmon and steelhead
populations. SYRCL is also involved with smaller scale projects in the upper watershed which address
release of Sierra Aspen stands in meadows managed by Tahoe National Forest, erosion control and
noxious weed removal. Additional projects, such as aquatic invasive species prevention are expected to
occur in 2012.

Position Description: The Watershed Restoration Coordinator will provide a central role in developing
and implementing restoration projects that result from a high-level of citizen engagement. This work
will involve community organizing and the facilitation of several Watershed Guilds within the South
Yuba River basin, as well as collaboration with resource agencies and local expert naturalists to
actualize the Coordinated Management Plan for the South Yuba River in the form of project outcomes.
Small-scale projects expected for implementation in 2012 include water conservation, invasive species
removal, erosion control, and planting of native riparian species. The Restoration Coordinator will
provide central coordination to volunteers contributing to habitat restoration on the lower Yuba River,
restoration project monitoring, a meadows restoration project in partnership with Tahoe National Forest,
and a successful Greater Yuba River Cleanup and Restoration Day. Additionally, the Restoration


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Coordinator will provide support to resource procurement (such as equipment and donations) for
priority restoration actions, and will also provide watershed education outreach and volunteer
recruitment at a number of community gatherings.

Required Qualifications:
A successful Watershed Restoration Coordinator should have the following qualifications:
       Post-secondary education in biological, natural resources, or environmental sciences and/or
       equivalent experience
       Strong knowledge of terrestrial and aquatic ecological relationships and processes
       Passion to engage, coordinate, and educate volunteers on environmental topics and hands-on
       stewardship techniques in the field
       Good written and verbal communication skills
       Good leadership and team skills
       Ability to multi-task and prioritize
       Organized and attention to detail, especially with equipment management/ maintenance
       Experience in biological fieldwork and comfortable to work outdoors in strenuous physical
       activity under diverse weather conditions, such as hiking with equipment, work during high
       temperatures for up to 8 hours, and use of field tools.
       Available to work occasional weekends and evenings
       Valid driver‘s license

Desired Qualifications:
Additional skills and experiences are:
       Skills to identify flora and fauna, especially those of the northern Sierra Nevadas
       Previous land stewardship and restoration experience
       Basic GIS skills
       Scientific study design, monitoring, and analysis skills
Website: www.syrcl.org; www.yubashed.org



 17. & 18. Placer Land Trust: Stewardship Assistant (2 positions)

 Site Supervisor: Jeff Ward and Justin Wages
 Contact: Phone: 530-887-9222 Email: JWard@placerlandtrust.org, Justin@placerlandtrust.org

Position Location: Auburn, CA
Auburn is located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada range surrounded by mixed conifer forests, valley
grasslands and oak woodlands. The Auburn State Recreational Area provides hiking, biking and
whitewater rafting along the American River less than 3 miles from the office. Auburn is a small city
located 30min from downtown Sacramento, one hour from Lake Tahoe and two hours from San
Francisco.

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Supervisors: Jeff Ward, Stewardship Manager & Justin Wages, Land Manager (530) 887-9222,
JWard@placerlandtrust.org, Justin@placerlandtrust.org

Organization Description: PLT has the obligation to be stewards of the land that we preserve. In some
cases, stewardship responsibilities can be as simple as ensuring that the conservation values of a
preserve remain intact through preserve monitoring. In other cases, PLT conducts complex watershed
restoration projects to enhance and restore the ecosystems on PLT Preserves.

PLT owns or holds Conservation Easements on over 7,000 acres on 29 different preserves. We hold a
Conservation Easement in mixed conifer forest at approximately 6,000 ft. elevation, own diverse blue
oak woodlands and California endemic vernal pool habitat, and we recently completed a Conservation
Easement for a property containing the largest population of California red-legged frogs in the Sierra
Nevada.

Position Description: The desired candidates will assist the Stewardship Manager and Lands Manager
and staff of PLT with stewardship duties such as: coordinating and implementing watershed restoration
projects, assisting in annual monitoring of 7,000 acres, assisting in species surveys including vernal pool
aquatic and floristic surveys, fencing and infrastructure repair, rare butterfly scientific survey, invasive
plant control and removal, in-stream habitat monitoring and assessment, assessing conservation values
of potential land projects, creating baseline documentation and management plans for properties,
managing and coordinating PLT's volunteer program and volunteer work days, GIS mapping and data
collection. Travel throughout the region (including some evenings and weekends) is required for field
work and meetings.

Required Qualifications:
      General knowledge of ecology and watershed restoration
      Independent, highly motivated, and able to meet deadlines with limited supervision
      Physical ability to perform strenuous activities working outdoors

Desired Qualifications:
       The ability to drive a 4x4 manual transmission truck towing a trailer
       Experience working with volunteers
       Experience with GIS and GPS systems
       Desire to learn flora and fauna of the Sierra Nevada foothill region
       Willingness to learn invasive species management techniques and treatment including the use of
       livestock, hardware/machinery, and herbicide to control invasive species.

Website: www.PlacerLandTrust.org




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 19. El Dorado County Georgetown Divide Resource Conservation Districts &
 American River Conservancy: Conservation Assistant

 Site Supervisor: Melissa Marquez
 Contact: (530) 295-5636, Melissa.Marquez@ca.usda.gov

Position Location: The El Dorado County and Georgetown Divide Resource Conservation District is
located in Placerville, CA. Placerville is located about an hour from Sacramento and South Lake Tahoe,
nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The member will be working closely with the American River
Conservancy located in Coloma, located about eight miles north of Placerville on Highway 49. The area
is rich in history and recreational opportunities, including rafting, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking,
and horseback riding.

Supervisor: Melissa Marquez, Watershed Coordinator, Melissa.Marquez@ca.usda.gov

Organization Description: The RCD is a grassroots, non-regulatory government organization that
works to meet individual and community goals for the natural resources in their community through
voluntary approaches. The mission statement of the El Dorado County and Georgetown Divide RCDs is
"To promote the responsible stewardship of our natural resources within our boundaries." The RCDs
objectives are in four areas of strategic focus: (1) Organization – Develop the capacity to plan and
deliver conservation programs; (2) Fire – Significantly reduce the risk to life, property and watershed
health; (3) Watershed – Coordinate and facilitate the development of a watershed scale resource
management program; (4) Education – Help to fill the training and resource management information
needs of homeowners, landowners, and resource users. The RCD Watershed Coordinator specifically
addresses the objective to ‗design a watershed education program to increase watershed awareness,
promote watershed stewardship, provide professional training, and provide opportunities for the public
to actively engage in watershed protection and restoration‘. The member will be an integral part in
meeting this objective and the overall objectives of the RCD.

Program Description: The member will be working in collaboration with the American River
Conservancy (ARC). The RCD and ARC are members of the South Fork American River Watershed
Group and share the same goals outlined in the Management Plan. The member will be working towards
meeting the goals and projects outlined in the plan. The member will focus on restoration projects and
recreation management in collaboration with local stakeholders, assess the health of our watershed using
citizen science, recruit volunteers to accomplish project elements and monitoring, and educate students
and the community about being responsible stewards of our natural resources.

Position Description: The Conservation Assistant will assist in coordinating and implementing projects
that focus on the goals and objectives of both the South Fork American River Watershed Plan and the
RCD strategic focus objectives. Member activities include watershed restoration activities such as
vegetation planting, creek cleanups, trail building, non-native weed eradication and volunteer events;
watershed education including the implementation of an annual service-learning project with high
school students and community awareness events; habitat improvement projects; water quality
monitoring and data analysis; and grant research and writing.


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Required Qualifications: A basic knowledge of natural resources, environmental science, or water
resources is beneficial. Recommended: the ability to work in a group setting and excellent writing skills;
demonstrated commitment to natural resource conservation; comfortable working outdoors; and
flexibility and ability to manage multiple priorities. Be able to carry heavy loads/tools for long
distances, hiking for long distances, and constant activity including bending, lifting, pulling, etc.

Desired Qualifications: A Bachelors degree is desirable but not required.

Website: www.eldoradorcd.org




 20. El Dorado County Georgetown Divide Resource Conservation Districts &
 American River Conservancy: Stewardship and Outreach Assistant

 Site Supervisor: Elena DeLacy
 Contact: (530) 295-2190, elena@arconservancy.org

Position Location: The primary location of this position is in Coloma, California, located about 8 miles
north of Placerville on Highway 49. The offices of the American River Conservancy are located in the
Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park on the South Fork American River. The area is rich in
history and recreational opportunities, including rafting, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking and
horseback riding. The Coloma-Lotus community is relatively small and rural, but is close to Placerville
and Auburn, and within an hour‘s drive of Folsom and Sacramento.

Supervisor: Elena DeLacy, (530) 295-2190 elena@arconservancy.org

Organization Description: For more than 20 years, the American River Conservancy (ARC) has been
preserving rivers and land for life. As a non-profit community organization in the central Sierra Nevada
foothills, we work to preserve natural areas and cultural resources and build an enduring ethic of care,
building a sustainable future for humans in harmony with nature. The work of the ARC and the local
RCDs is focused primarily in the Upper American and Upper Cosumnes River watersheds. A working
partnership between the ARC and RCDs was established to implement actions set forth in the South
Fork American River Stewardship Strategy, the South Fork American River Watershed Management
Plan and the Upper Cosumnes Basin Strategic Plan.

Program Description: The ARC‘s Conservation Program, aimed at protecting high quality habitat and
native fisheries, has been successful in protecting over 11,700 acres through fee title and conservation
easement acquisition. The ARC‘s Stewardship Program provides science-based monitoring, restoration,
maintenance and habitat enhancement services on local public lands. The Stewardship Program also
includes annual monitoring and enforcement of ARC-owned Conservation Easements on private lands.
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children through on-site programs, publications, events and workshops and through classroom and field
study visits.

Position Description: The Stewardship and Outreach Assistant will assist the Conservation Project
Coordinator and other ARC staff in implementing the Stewardship and Education Programs of the
American River Conservancy in partnership with the El Dorado County and Georgetown Divide
Resource Conservation Districts. Member activities include: Restoring and monitoring oak woodlands,
wetlands and aquatic ecosystems on local protected lands; removing non-native invasive weeds in the
South Fork American River Watershed; maintaining and building low-impact recreational trails;
recruiting and organizing volunteers for service projects; coordinating River Cleanups in partnership
with local agencies and organizations; providing experiential education to school groups and the general
public about native plant restoration and watershed stewardship concepts; attending watershed group
meetings; monitoring conservation easement properties; public outreach at various events; preparing
monitoring reports and gathering data; preparing maps and visual aids using GIS and graphics software;
reporting volunteer hours; assisting with project-specific grant writing and fundraising; and website
content editing.

Required Qualifications: A Bachelor‘s degree is required with some coursework in natural resources
or environmental science. Outstanding verbal and written communication skills required. Ability to
hike a minimum of 3 to 4 miles while carrying a daypack, ability to lift up to 45 pounds and the ability
to utilize basic trail-building tools required. A valid Driver‘s License is also a requirement. Availability
to work at least one weekend day per month and attend occasional evening meetings is required.

Desired Qualifications: Knowledge of basic principles of ecology and environmental science; excellent
interpersonal skills including the ability to work with and relate to persons of all ages and of diverse
backgrounds, skills and abilities; demonstrated commitment to volunteerism which could include actual
volunteer experience; comfortable working in the outdoors; a flexible schedule and ability to manage
multiple priorities.

Website: www.arconservancy.org




 21. Shasta Land Trust: Conservation Associate

 Site Supervisor: Ben Miles
 Contact: 530.241.7886; bmiles@shastalandtrust.org

Position Location: Redding is located at the northern end of the Central Valley, and is surrounded on
three sides by mountains. Lassen Peak rises to the east, Mt. Shasta to the north, and the Trinity Alps to
the west, all providing ample outdoor recreation opportunities. The Sacramento River flows through
Redding, with Whiskeytown Lake and Shasta Lake immediately to the west and north, respectively.

Redding, a city of approximately 90,000, offers a high quality of life and low cost of living. Outdoor
recreation opportunities and open space abound both within the City Limits and in the immediate

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surrounding areas. The River Trail is a National Recreation Trail that runs through the entire city and
boasts numerous connections to other public land. Despite rapid growth in recent decades, Redding has
largely retained its‘ ―small town feel.‖ For the outdoor enthusiast, the Redding area offers a year-round
array of recreational opportunities that is unparalleled in California.

Site Supervisor: Ben Miles, Executive Director (530)241.7886, bmiles@shastalandtrust.org

Organization Description: Shasta Land Trust (SLT) was formed in 1998 and is dedicated to
―conserving the beauty, character and diversity of significant lands in far northern California.‖ SLT has
protected well over 20,000 acres in far northern California, through voluntary conservation easements
which require annual visits and thorough monitoring. In 2011, SLT was awarded accredited status by
the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, in recognition of SLT‘s commitment to permanent
conservation and the highest operating standards.

In addition to land protection, SLT offers outdoor activities for the community and pursues an
environmental education program for local youth. Events and activities that achieve these goals include
guided nature hikes, restoration projects on conserved properties, an annual creek cleanup (organized by
the AmeriCorps Conservation Associate), presentations to community groups, hosting Shasta College
students or 4-H groups for research or lessons on SLT-conserved lands, and hosting other recreational
outings.

Program Description: The SLT Conservation Associate will be a crucial member of the SLT staff and
will play a leadership role in three important programs supporting SLT‘s land conservation mission.
The Conservation Associate will follow the SLT Monitoring Protocol to lead the annual monitoring
program for all 20,000 acres conserved by SLT conservation easements, visiting each property and
authoring the required reports. The Conservation Associate will also serve as the Volunteer Coordinator
for SLT, recruiting volunteers from our existing database for a wide variety of tasks throughout the year
ranging from restoration work to office assistance. The Conservation Associate will also work with a
volunteer committee to guide the direction and focus for the SLT Environmental Education program,
and will plan and deliver lessons to local children in a variety of venues and formats.

Position Description: The Conservation Associate will participate in the full range of activities related
to SLT‘s community involvement and conservation easement stewardship. The Conservation Associate
serves as the co-chair of the Environmental Education Committee and will lead planning and
implementation of the third ―Family Day at Hathaway Ranch‖ in the spring. The AmeriCorps member
will present lessons on local ecology to after-school programs and at community events, and will
coordinate collaborative projects with local student groups on SLT-conserved properties. Projects may
include site visits to conserved properties by students in the botany or GIS programs at Shasta College,
4-H groups and elementary schools.

The Conservation Associate will also coordinate and participate in all aspects of monitoring SLT
conservation easement properties, visiting each property to document current conditions and compare
them with those documented in a baseline report. Review and analysis of the results of the monitoring
visits are accomplished by an easement-stewardship committee, that includes the Conservation
Associate as well as the SLT Executive Director and members of the Board of Directors.


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As the organization‘s volunteer coordinator, the AmeriCorps member will develop a mastery of the SLT
database to recruit and thank volunteers for a variety of projects and programs, and will also train these
volunteers following their contributions. The Conservation Associate is also the leader of the Great
Sierra Creek Cleanup put on by SLT each September, selecting the site, coordinating with local and
state agencies, recruiting volunteers, and working hard to clean a local waterway.

Required Qualifications: Strong interest in land conservation and environmental education;
Bachelor‘s degree or minimum 3 years of coursework in environmental science, natural resources,
environmental education, community development, agricultural science, or similar field; excellent
interpersonal and communication skills; ability to work independently; experience working as a
volunteer and in group settings; basic computer skills

Website: www.shastalandtrust.org




                                        Lake Tahoe Basin

 22. Tahoe Resource Conservation District: Conservation Assistant

 Site Supervisor: Nicole Cartwright
 Contact: 530.543.1501 ext 111, ncartwright@tahoercd.org



Position Location: South Lake Tahoe, California is a beautiful mountain town with lots of outdoor
activities at your backdoor such as kayaking, hiking, and biking. Lake Tahoe is known for its crystal
blue waters and spectacular views. South Lake Tahoe also offers night life with casinos and dance clubs
just down the road.

Supervisors: Nicole Cartwright (530) 543-1501 ext 111, ncartwright@tahoercd.org

Organization Description: The Tahoe Resource Conservation District (Tahoe RCD) is a non-
regulatory, grant-funded, not-for-profit agency. Our organization is dedicated to promoting the
conservation and improvement of the Lake Tahoe Basin‘s soil, water, and related natural resources by
providing leadership, information, programs, and technical assistance to all land managers, owners,
organizations, and residents.


Program Description: Current programs at the Tahoe RCD focus on erosion control, runoff infiltration,
terrestrial and aquatic invasive species control, watercraft inspections, vegetation management and
community watershed efforts. The Tahoe RCD works with its partner agencies to obtain grant funding
and integrate backyard conservation into its programs, such as fire defensible space, water conservation,
fertilizer management, and wildlife habitat enhancement. Although primarily established to work within

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the California portion of the Tahoe Basin, Tahoe RCD staff also works with Nevada residents of the
Basin along side the Nevada Tahoe Conservation District.

Position Description: Tahoe RCD will be hiring an AmeriCorps member to help coordinate events,
increase awareness of conservation issues, recruit volunteers, implement restoration activities, and
provide valuable data on watershed health and aquatic ecosystem function primarily on joint partnership
projects. These positions will work within all Tahoe RCD programs including erosion control projects,
invasive species, watercraft inspections, and community watershed partnership efforts.

Required Qualifications: Work is performed at a desk (70%) and in the field (30%). Office
environment has natural and artificial lighting. Fieldwork is conducted in a rugged alpine environment
with elevations exceeding 6,000 feet. Snow can accumulate at lake level throughout the year and exceed
10 feet in depth during the winter. Some exposure to conditions such as dust, fumes, noise, or odors.
Frequent interruptions to planned work activities will occur. Position will require flexible work hours
when needed (occasional evenings and weekends). May be required to use personal vehicle for work
duties. District will reimburse mileage at the federal rate. The physical requirements described here are
representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions
of the job. Position may require manual labor. Ability to lift and carry up to 60 – 100 lbs on an
occasional basis and travel on foot through rugged terrain; ability to sit (50%), walk (20%) and stand
(30%) for intermittent periods of time and on a frequent basis; bend, kneeling, squatting, handling,
climbing stairs, reaching overhead, stretching and dexterity on an occasional basis; occasional use of eye
and / or ear protective wear; coordination and vision to operate a personal computer and view video
display terminal for frequent periods; ability to communicate on a telephone, via email, and in person.

Desired Qualifications:
  Knowledge of:
         Water and/or aquatic ecosystem monitoring
         Fisheries experience
         Landscape design and/or landscape installation.
         Tahoe Basin/Sierra Nevada flora and fauna and Lake Tahoe water quality and clarity issues
         is desirable.
         Microsoft office programs including word, excel, access and computer aided drafting.
         Adobe Design Suite (CS4)

   Ability to:
          Work well with the public and possess excellent verbal and written skills.
          Ability to work with minimal supervision performing work duties in the field.

Website: www.TahoeRCD.org




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 23. & 24. Sierra Nevada Alliance: Sustainable Communities Program Assistant
 (2 Positions)

 Site Supervisor: Dan Keenan
 Contact: (530) 542-4546 x315, dan@sierranevadaalliance.org

Position Location: South Lake Tahoe, CA

Organization Description: Since 1993, the Sierra Nevada Alliance has been working to protect and
restore Sierra lands, water, wildlife and communities. We work to support and build the capacity of
grassroots organizations in the Sierra Nevada. In addition, the Alliance leads regional campaigns on
water resource management, climate change adaptation, sustainable land use, and watershed protection
and restoration. The Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) is a program of the Sierra Nevada
Alliance.

Program Description: The goal of the Sustainable Sierra Communities Program is to foster and support
local actions and planning that establish building blocks for more resilient, thriving Sierra communities.
Through innovative on-the-ground projects, publications, workshops, and events, we empower local
action for a sustainable future.

In 2012, the Sustainable Sierra Communities program will work to continue implementation of two programs
that focus on sustainable living in the Sierra Nevada. The Truckee River-Friendly Landscaping program
works to reduce sediment in the Truckee River by providing homeowners with free home consultations on
how to maintain a river-friendly yard & garden that also conserves water, uses native plants, protects soils,
and protects their home from wildfire. Secondly, we are working to implement a pilot ―home tune-up
assistance program‖ that coordinates outreach and education around energy efficiency, water conservation
and indoor environmental health.

The Sustainable Sierra Communities program has other ongoing projects that include the building of a
network of sustainability efforts in the region and showcasing successful strategies and innovative groups and
projects. Associated projects are mentioned in the position description below.

Position Description: Two individuals will be hired for this position and will serve with the Sustainable
Communities Program at the Sierra Nevada Alliance.

Two SNAP members will join the Alliance in 2012. The main service project will be working on the
Truckee River-Friendly Landscaping Program. SNAP members will conduct outreach and education, home
consultations, prepare site plans, and provide homeowners with additional assistance in implementing river-
friendly landscaping practices that improve their yards, while protecting the river. SNAP members will be
trained in best practices for native landscaping, water conservation, erosion control and defensible space for
the Truckee Watershed. This project works in partnership with the Truckee River Watershed Council.

Other projects will include publishing our monthly ―Sierra Spokes‖ electronic newsletter, co-coordinating the
Great Sierra River Cleanup in the Tahoe Basin, coordinating the 19th Annual Sierra Nevada Alliance
Conference, coordinating the annual Sierra Sustainability Summit, and other projects to deepen our network

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of Sierra sustainability efforts that address energy, water, land use, local economy, local food and other issues
that affect the environment and quality of life in Sierra communities.

The SNAP members will have an assistant role in EmPower El Dorado, which will launch in 2012 and
provide one-on-one consultations to homeowners on residential energy efficiency, water conservation and
indoor environmental health issues, such as lead, radon and mold exposure.

Required Qualifications:
      An understanding of watersheds and sustainable landscaping practices
      Experience in environmental education, creating outreach materials, volunteer coordination, and
      event planning
      Ability to work well independently and with others
      A passion for the Sierra, it‘s environmental issues and the grassroots movements working to
      protect and restore the ―Range of Light‖
      Flexibility in taking on new challenges.
      Strong interpersonal communication, public speaking, and telephone skills.
      Proficient in the use of personal computer and the internet, including proficiency in Microsoft
      Office Suite.
      Ability to travel throughout the region via automobile. Must have a valid State Driver‘s license.
      Ability to do occasional lifting (office supplies, etc.) of 25 pounds.
      Computer use including keyboard entry and manipulating a mouse up to 8 hours per day

Desired Qualifications:
       Experience with sustainable landscaping practices in the western states, including stormwater
       management, erosion control, native planting, defensible space practices, and water
       conservation.
       Experience with AutoCAD or other design software, Adobe graphic design products, and HTML
       coding and/or website management

Additional Benefits:
       Live, work and play in the Lake Tahoe basin! Tahoe is a world-class destination for climbing,
       skiing, hiking, mtn. biking, and more. South Lake Tahoe is a close-knit community and several
       SNAP members serve on the ―South Shore‖ each year.
       Work in a fun, friendly office at the Sierra Nevada Alliance – The Alliance has 9 full time staff,
       2 AmeriCorps members and interns. Working at the Alliance provides a unique regional
       perspective to the larger conservation movement in the Sierra Nevada.

Website: www.sierranevadaalliance.org




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25. Tahoe Baikal Institute: Environmental Education Associate

Site Supervisor: Sarah Buck, TBI Programs Director
Contact: 530-542-5599, sbuck@tahoebaikal.org

Position Location: South Lake Tahoe, CA

Organization Description: The Tahoe-Baikal Institute‘s (TBI) mission is to connect passionate people
with formative programming at two of the world‘s premiere freshwater ecosystems, Lake Tahoe in the
Sierra Nevada and Lake Baikal in eastern Siberia, in order to foster a future where communities
worldwide thrive in concert with their environment. Each year, TBI conducts several programs that
bring together environmental leaders from Russia, Mongolia, and the United States. Our main program,
the Summer Environmental Exchange (SEE), is an experiential, place-based educational program
focusing on watershed conservation, sustainable development, and cultural exchange at Lake Baikal in
Russia and at Lake Tahoe in the USA. During approximately 10 weeks from mid-June to late-August,
participants enjoy a unique opportunity to learn about the natural and cultural history of the Tahoe and
Baikal watersheds, as well as current initiatives in environmental science and policy. Between 13 and 18
participants spend three to five weeks at Lake Baikal (Siberia, Russia) and in its upper watershed
(Mongolia) as well as three to five weeks at Lake Tahoe (California and Nevada) discovering other
cultures in a way that cannot be replicated in a classroom, learning from each other in formal and
informal settings by leading discussions, sharing presentations, and living together for a summer. TBI‘s
other programs vary from year to year and serve different audiences, but always focus on
interdisciplinary approaches to watershed management.

While TBI‘s primary focus is education, the organization also plays a key role in the enhancement and
protection of the natural ecosystems at Tahoe and Baikal. Through hands-on research projects and
restoration work with partner agencies, TBI staff and program participants make a lasting contribution.
The AmeriCorps members will work both independently and cooperatively with TBI staff (assisted by
the California Tahoe Conservancy, one of TBI‘s strongest partners) to accomplish a range of tasks
associated with education, outreach, and watershed restoration.

Program Description: When TBI was founded in the early 1990‘s, interest in international programs
focused on Russia and the former Soviet Union was very high, and many community members in the Tahoe
basin were familiar with the work of the Tahoe-Baikal Institute. Over the past twenty years, both local and
global events have caused that general interest to wane, and today, many people living in the region haven‘t
heard about the organization and don‘t know about the unique ecology of Lake Baikal. Although times have
changed, TBI‘s international work still plays an important role in bringing new perspectives to the Tahoe
basin. In 2012, TBI will launch a major programmatic effort to reach out to local audiences who have not
been included in our recent programs by developing a number of new outreach programs for local school
children and adult community members. In addition to these new programs, TBI will once again conduct our
annual Summer Environmental Exchange (SEE). We will also host five of our SEE program alumni from
Russia in month-long professional internships and will host a weekend workshop about environmental
careers for Mongolian youth living in the Sacramento region. Further, we will support and collaborate with
the California Tahoe Conservancy on several of their watershed restoration projects throughout the Tahoe
Basin, helping reduce sediment sources, improve native vegetation, and enhance wildlife habitat.


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Position Description: The Environmental Education Associate will be an integral part of the TBI staff,
giving him or her exposure to all aspects of the operations of a small non-profit organization. The focus of
this position will be two-fold: 1) development of programs about the ecology of Lake Tahoe and Baikal
(unique species, geological characteristics, and human impacts) appropriate for school-aged children and
appropriate for adult audiences such as college students, community organizations, and other public events,
and 2) development of the schedule of meetings and activities for the Summer Environmental Exchange. The
member will plan and lead one small-group research project themselves (with support from the scientific staff
of the CTC.) Additionally, the member will assist with other outreach efforts about the work of the Tahoe-
Baikal Institute and will support other educational programs as necessary throughout the year. During his or
her work on restoration projects with the California Tahoe Conservancy, this member will focus on biological
aspects of restoration projects, such as the balance of native and non-native species and habitat
enhancements.

Required Qualifications:
      Background in Environmental Studies, Science, or related field
      Experience with environmental education and public outreach
      Experience leading environmental education programs with young children in formal or non-formal
      settings
      Extremely strong computer, coordination, and organization skills
      Demonstrated maturity and ability to take on a leadership role in a group of similarly aged peers,
      maintaining professional behavior and judgment at all times
      Ability to work independently and take initiative
      Experience managing projects and budgets
      Ability to work with people of different cultural backgrounds
      Ability to stay calm and flexible in high stress situations and to exercise sound decision making at all
      times
      Ability to lift 30 lbs. and hike up to two miles in rugged terrain
      Ability to work long days (up to 12 hours) during TBI‘s exchange programs
      Good driving record and willingness to obtain California class B drivers license

Desired Qualifications:
       Experience studying or conducting research outside the United States; experience collaborating on
       international project teams
       Experience working on watershed, stream, and ecosystem restoration projects.
       Experience conducting scientific or resource-related field work, including taking organized notes
       and leading field efforts
       Proficiency with Dreamweaver and/or html programming
       Knowledge of Russian or Mongolian language
       Knowledge of Sierra Nevada ecosystems and environmental issues in the Lake Tahoe Basin
       CPR, First Aid, and Lifesaving certification


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       Knowledge of political and environmental issues in U.S. and Russia
       25 years of age or older (to drive rental vehicles).

Additional Benefits:
       Opportunity to travel to the San Francisco Bay area, Pyramid Lake, Nevada and Yosemite National
       Park with TBI‘s exchange groups and partners
       Most meals provided by TBI while Summer Environmental Exchange group is in residence (3+ weeks
       in late June/early July)

Website: www.tahoebaikal.org



 26-27. UC Davis -Tahoe Environmental Research Center: Education Program
 Assistant (2 positions)

 Site Supervisor: Heather Segale
 Contact: 775-881-7562, hmsegale@ucdavis.edu

Position Location: Tahoe City, California and Incline Village, Nevada on the north shore of Lake
Tahoe

Site Supervisor: Heather Segale, hmsegale@ucdavis.edu, (775) 881-7562
Organization Description: The Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC) is dedicated to
research, education and public outreach on freshwater lakes and their surrounding watersheds and
airsheds.

Program Description: The education and outreach program is designed to provide maximum impact
for the public in order to inspire an interest in environmental sciences, stimulate curiosity, and motivate
active conservation and preservation of freshwater resources, especially Lake Tahoe. We provide
effective marketing and contribute measurably to environmental education of students, residents and
visitors to the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center two science-based education centers
(Thomas J. Long Foundation Education Center and Eriksson Education Center).

Position Description: The TERC Education Program Assistant(s) will implement education and
outreach programs working with the Education and Outreach Coordinator. Duties will include some of
the following activities:
         Providing educational programs at the UC Davis Thomas J. Long Foundation Education
           Center and Tahoe City Eriksson Education Center sites
         Hosting student field trips and various tours
         Coordinating watershed education programs including the Youth Science Institute
         Assisting with special events including the Science Expo, Children‘s Environmental Science
           Day, Family Science Day, and monthly lecture series


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          Recruiting volunteers and coordinating volunteer docent training and activities
          Presenting and developing hands-on science activities and exhibits
          Administering evaluation and program assessment tools (participant tracking database,
           surveys, pre- and post-assessment)
          Conducting outreach to the community
          Participating in restoration work at the Tahoe City Demonstration Garden, North Tahoe
           Demonstration Garden, Tahoe Forest Stewardship Day, North Tahoe Beach Clean-up,
           Truckee River Day, and other SNAP site restoration work days.

Required Qualifications:
      Must be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S.
      Must have a minimum of an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution.
      Must be a minimum of 18 years or older.
      Must not have a criminal history that precludes the applicant's ability to work with vulnerable
      populations, such as the youth and elderly.

Desired Qualifications:
       Background in science and/or education (coursework or relevant experience)
       Ability to present educational programs to both adult and student audiences
       Ability to work with local community members, conservation groups and agencies
       Experience organizing events
       Skills facilitating and/or participating in group meetings
       Ability to lay out work tasks, identify resources, focus work and complete tasks on time
       Strong writing skills
       Public speaking and outreach skills
       Independent, highly motivated, and able to meet deadlines with limited supervision
       Passion for the natural environment
       Proficiency using personal computers and Internet
       Ability to travel throughout the region
       Physical ability to perform strenuous activities at high elevations

Additional Benefits: Opportunity to work at world-class research laboratory in a U.S. Green Building
Council LEED-certified ―Platinum‖ building at beautiful Lake Tahoe.

Website: http://terc.ucdavis.edu




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