Join a team of 44committed individuals throughout California and engage in watershed protection, community outreach, education, and restoration projects! Spend 10 ½ months working alongside environmental professionals with one of WSP’s Placement Sites.
Each of us is different and adds value to the organization because of these differences. WSP fosters inclusion, cultivates leadership and encourages respect by embracing the diverse circumstances, perspectives, and backgrounds of all applicants. WSP seeks applicants that represent the racial, gender, cultural, and socio-economic diversity of our global society.
WSP Program Overview:
For 27 years, the Watershed Stewards Program (WSP) has been engaged in comprehensive, community-based, watershed restoration and education throughout coastal California. The primary focus of WSP is to assist communities and organizations with habitat restoration for salmonids (Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon and Steelhead Trout) in order to rehabilitate these threatened and endangered species to healthy and historic populations. Additionally, WSP provides watershed education and outreach in high-needs communities throughout the state, engages WSP Corpsmembers in volunteer recruitment efforts to increase the capacity and reach of partner organizations, and helps Corpsmembers develop into the next generation of natural resource professionals.
Each year, WSP placesCorpsmembers with environmental organizations throughout California to work collaboratively for a 10 ½ month service term. Corpsmembers serve under the guidance and mentorship of environmental professionals in collaboration with local landowners, public agencies, and private industry to assess, monitor, and enhance watersheds. WSP’s diverse Placement Sites include federal, state, county, city, tribal, and non-profit agencies and organizations. Each Placement Site engages one or two Corpsmembers in all the service activity areas, while each site's overall strategy, emphasis, effort, and timing of service activities vary. For more specific information about each WSP Placement Site, please refer to the WSP website: https://ccc.ca.gov/watershed-stewards-program/apply-to-wsp/
During their service, WSP Corpsmembers participate in a wide array of activities, including:
Regular watershed recovery and protection work which may include:
Field surveys of spawning grounds, habitat, or wildlife
Riparian restoration including planting and invasive species removal
Data entry and analysis
Trapping of juvenile or adult fish for counting and measurement
Computer modeling of natural resource data
Designing in-stream projects
Helping to remove fish passage barriers (dams, culverts)
Teaching the Wonders of Watersheds (WOW!) curriculum in elementaryclassrooms in underserved communities
Engaging their service community in watershed outreach?and education
Creating and implementing their own Watershed Awareness Volunteer Events (WAVE) and recruiting community volunteers to complete a restoration project
Training, networking and professional development opportunities?
Qualifications for Applicants:
Between the ages of 18-28 (by10/03/2021)
High school diploma
U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien
Possess or be willing to obtain a California Driver’s License with a *clean driving record *No more than 2 points on CA driver’s record
Experience in conducting watershed restoration, conducting environmental surveys, or analyzing scientific data
Interest in environmental education and volunteer management
Willing and able to relocate to Placement Site community (relocation expenses are not provided)
If you have any questions about the Watershed Stewards Program or how to apply, please contact the WSP Recruiters, firstname.lastname@example.org Jody Weseman (805) 835-8584 or Greg Poulton(310) 351-5079.
44 openings. Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: Benefits Include:
A Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of up to $6,345 and a California for All award of $3,655 upon completion of the program.
No-cost medical insurance
Student loan forbearance on eligible loans
Childcare subsidy if Corpsmember meets eligibility requirements
Uniform and field gear provided
Occasional opportunities to visit other WSP sites
Mentorship from an environmental professional
Hands-on training and exceptional networking opportunities
Housing is provided at very few sites, see Placement Site Summaries at WSP website for specifics
Opportunity to make a difference in a California community
Internal Number: 2021
About California Conservation Corps Watershed Stewards Program in partnership with AmeriCorps
The Watershed Stewards Program (WSP) is dedicated to improving watershed health by actively engaging in restoration science, civic service, and community education while empowering the next generation of environmental stewards.