The Watershed Stewards Program (WSP) is seeking Fisheries and Restoration Technician applicants for Service Yr. 28
(Term of Service: October 3rd, 2021 – August 18th, 2022)
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.
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 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.
WSP only has a few slots left in various locations throughout the state, see our website to learn more about each unique Placement Site!
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)
· Some 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)
· A monthly living stipend of $1,905
· WSP Corpsmembers that successfully complete a Full-time 1700-hour service term will be eligible to receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of up to $6,345 and a California for All award of $3,655.
· 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
· Opportunity to make a difference in a California community
How to Apply:
STEP I: Review the following BEFORE completing WSP’s application:
· Placement Site Summaries listed on WSP’s website
· Watch WSP’s Informational Video
STEP II: Complete and email the following to WSP.Recruiter@ccc.ca.gov by August 11th!
· Year 28 WSP Application: include our secret code from the Informational video
· Cover Letter: addressing why you feel you need this opportunity
· Resume: please keep it to one page, you do not need to include references
· Two Letters of Recommendation: may be submitted on your behalf or by you to the recruiter email.
WSP Contact Information:
If you have any questions about the Watershed Stewards Program or how to apply, please contact the WSP Recruiter, Jody Weseman at (805) 835-8584 or email Jody.Weseman@ccc.ca.gov