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    WSP Team Leader & AmeriCorps Member

    The Watershed Stewards Program (WSP) is seeking Team Leader 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 and education, and restoration projects! Spend 10 ½ months working alongside environmental professionals and WSP staff in San Luis Obispo, CA or Fortuna, CA.

    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 environmental professionals.

    WSP Team Leaders serve under the guidance of WSP staff and assist WSP Corpsmembers throughout their term of service. Learn more about each unique Team Leader position on WSP’s website:

    During their service, Team Leaders participate in a wide array of activities, including:

    Assisting with the training and coordination of education, outreach, and volunteer events for WSP Corpsmembers in a given region of California. Each Team Leader provides support and leadership to WSP Corpsmembers in their district (about 11-12 Corpsmembers) and assists WSP staff with event and program coordination. Additionally, Team Leaders model best practices and support networking among Corpsmembers, building capacity and community across sites. WSP’s Team Leaders are integral members of the support team and are central to developing the Corpsmembers’ experience.

    The specific responsibilities will differ depending on individual assignments and the Team Leader’s interests/strengths, but the main duties include:

    Wonders of Watersheds (WOW!) Education Coordination and Support:
    • Use of Excel to manage Education Program data.
    • Assist and support Corpsmembers in WOW! curriculum implementation and classroom management, as requested.
    • Maintain WSP’s educational materials and oversee the check-out system.
    • Work in partnership with the California Conservation Corps on a series of educational presentations for CCC Corpsmembers.
    • Teach at least five 90-minute WOW! lessons to at least 25 students.
    • Field-test new WOW! Curriculum.

    Outreach Coordination and Support:
    • Create outreach materials (graphics, videos, posters, etc.) using Adobe Premiere, Microsoft 365, Canva, etc.
    • Develop and update procedures to ensure future continuity of program outreach efforts.
    • Collect, edit and organize Corpsmembers' submissions for various program-wide outreach efforts.
    • Assist Corpsmembers in finding volunteer opportunities for National Service Days.
    • Serve as a representative to the WSP Advisory Committee by attending annual meetings and presenting position-specific program updates.
    • Actively seek and coordinate new community outreach opportunities throughout the program year, with special emphasis on targeting underserved populations.

    Volunteer Recruitment Coordination and Support:
    • Attend and support all Watershed Awareness Volunteer Events (WAVE) within the Team Leader’s specific district. This includes driving to the event in a state vehicle, transporting necessary tools, and being present at the event as a WSP representative. *These events often occur on weekends and may require overnight travel.
    • Support Corpsmembers in WAVE development, including volunteer recruitment, media outreach, completion of the necessary paperwork, reviewing safety materials, and general check-in before the event.
    • Each Team Leader will organize their own WAVE and recruit a minimum of 30 community volunteers for a hands-on watershed restoration project.

    Corpsmember/ Program Support:
    • Maintain regular communication with WSP Corpsmembers in a specified district. Assist them in navigating program requirements. Serve as an example for punctuality, organization, and professionalism.
    • Assist WSP staff in planning WSP trainings and events. Lead components of WSP trainings and webinars.
    • Assist with photo and video documentation at all WSP events.
    • Provide direction to WSP Corpsmembers during times of personal, professional, or external crisis through check-in phone/Zoom calls and by supplying them with appropriate resources and alerting the Program Coordinator as needed.

    Region I (Fortuna, CA) Team Leader Additional Responsibilities:
    • Assist with tracking and fulfilling CM Gear Requests, such as uniforms and field gear, throughout the term
    • Work with WSP staff to inventory program gear and supplies

    Region II (San Luis Obispo, CA) Team Leader Additional Responsibilities:
    • Develop, manage, and track WSP’s social media presence (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, LinkedIn)
    • Develop outreach materials for CCC newsletter, informational presentations, and Corpsmember recruitment
    • Assess program feedback data, develop graphs, and present findings

    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
    • Interest in environmental education and volunteer management
    • Willing and able to relocate to Placement Site community (relocation expenses are not provided)
    • Ability to work independently and willingness to take initiative on projects
    • Effective communication skills and emotional intelligence
    • A good basis in leadership and event management
    • Ability to collaborate with other Team Leaders and staff on program-related projects
    • Flexibility and passion for helping WSP succeed in its goals

    Benefits Include:
    • A monthly living stipend of $1,999
    • 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
    • Opportunity to visit Corpsmembers and travel much of the state in a state vehicle
    • Training opportunities in event development and management include grant and report writing, marketing, environmental education, plant propagation, stormwater management, and field-related surveys such as snorkel, habitat, redd, etc.
    • Mentorship from WSP Program Coordinator II (San Luis Obispo) or WSP Program Coordinator I (Fortuna)
    • Office with a view, standing desk,
    • Option to temporarily live in a shared dorm on a CCC center ($400/month includes room/board)

    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
    • 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]

    Contact Information:

    If you have any questions about the Watershed Stewards Program or how to apply, please contact the WSP Program Coordinator [email protected] or call (805) 835-8584.