Watershed Stewards Program-Member
Join a team of 44 committed individuals throughout California engaged in watershed protection, community outreach and education, and restoration projects! Spend 10.5 months working alongside natural resource professionals with one of WSP’s 22 placement sites. The Watershed Stewards Program (WSP) is now accepting applications for Service Year 22 (October 5, 2015 – August 12th, 2016)!
WSP Program Overview: The mission of the Watershed Stewards Program (WSP) is to conserve, restore, and enhance anadromous (salmon and trout-bearing) watersheds for future generations by linking education with high quality scientific practices. The WSP was developed by natural resource professionals and became a program of the California Conservation Corps in 1994. The program places members with various federal, state, county, tribal, and non-profit organizations who work together to revitalize watersheds, inhabited by endangered and threatened anadromous fish species. The work is done by performing state-of-the art monitoring and restoration techniques, promoting watershed awareness through community outreach, and educating students about the importance of conservation using WSP's Wonders of Watersheds environmental education curricula. Each year, 44 WSP members serve a minimum of 1700 hours under the mentorship of natural resource professionals throughout California's coastal communities.
WSP Member Duties: 44 WSP members will serve a minimum of 1700 hours under the mentorship of natural resource professionals throughout California's coastal communities from October 5th 2015 – August 12th, 2016. WSP members primarily work on scientific watershed assessment, monitoring, restoration, and conservation projects. Members also participate in community outreach and education activities. Each WSP placement site engages two or more members in all service activity areas, and each site's overall strategy, emphasis, effort, and timing of service activities varies. For more specific information about each WSP placement site, please refer to the WSP website at www.ccc.ca.gov/go/wsp.
Field Duties: Adult spawning and habitat utilization surveys, biological sampling, culvert and road failure analysis, instream habitat surveys, restoration project implementation, riparian surveys and water quality monitoring.
Analysis Duties: Restoration project development and design; Data entry and analysis, landowner access agreements, quantitative watershed research, technical writing.
Community Outreach and Education: Members help strengthen communities through environmentally-based public outreach and education activities that include: docenting at environmental education fairs; recruiting and coordinating volunteers on hands-on community restoration projects; and presenting watershed lessons to students in Title-one classrooms.
• Aged 21+
(Exception to Age Minimum: If a CCC alumni the age limit is lowered to 18+, but alumni must obtain a Letter of Recommendation from their most recent CCC Center Director).
• 25 credits of college-level science OR 6 months of relevant experience in fisheries/habitat restoration, invasive removal, instream structure instillation, etc…
• Interest in environmental management and education
• Possess or willing to obtain a California Driver's License
• No more than one-two points on driver’s record
• US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien
• A modest living stipend: Members – roughly $15,300 (total)
• No-cost health care
An education award of $5,600 upon successful completion of 10.5-month term of service
• Student loan forbearance on eligible loans
How to Apply to WSP:• Complete the WSP application available under the APPLICANTS tab on the WSP website www.ccc.ca.gov/go/wsp.• Submit a Cover Letter • Submit a one-page Resume • Have 2 Letters of Recommendation submitted to on your behalf to WSP.Recruiter@ccc.ca.gov • Send all application materials to WSP.Recruiter@ccc.ca.gov • Make sure all application materials have been received by the WSP no later than Tuesday, June 30th, 2015.Contact Information:If you have any questions about the Watershed Stewards Program or how to apply, please contact the WSP Recruiters, Jody Weseman (805) 542-8461 or Zia Schatz (707)725-8601.