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Fisheries and Restoration Technician (WSP Corpsmember/AmeriCorps Member)

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    Fisheries and Restoration Technician (WSP Corpsmember/AmeriCorps Member)

    The Watershed Stewards Program (WSP) is seeking Fisheries and Restoration Technician applicants for Service Year 28

    (October 3rd, 2021 – August 18th, 2022)

    Application Due: June 30th, 2021

    Join a team of 44 committed 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 all applicants' diverse circumstances, perspectives, and backgrounds. WSP seeks applicants representing 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) 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 places Corpsmembers 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:

    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 elementary classrooms 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 (by 10/03/2021)
    • 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)

    Benefits Include:
    • A monthly living stipend of $1,905
    • A Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of up to $6,345 and a California for All award of $3,655 upon completing 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

    How to Apply to WSP
    • Year 28 WSP Application: available under the APPLY TO WSP tab on the WSP website
    • Rename file: 1. Last, First Name_Application
    • Cover Letter: addressing why you feel you need this opportunity over another candidate
    • Rename file: 2. Last, First_Cover Letter
    • One Page Resumé: listing education and work experience.
    • Rename file: 3. Last, First_Resume
    • Letters of Recommendation: two signed LORs (may be submitted on your behalf) to [email protected]

    WSP Contact Information:

    If you have any questions about the Watershed Stewards Program or how to apply, please contact the WSP Recruiters, [email protected] Jody Weseman (805) 835-8584 or Greg Poulton (310) 351-5079.