Region II WSP Team Leader & AmeriCorps Member
Watershed Stewards Program - ERWIG
The Watershed Stewards Program (WSP) is seeking Team Leader applicants for
Service Year 27 (October 3 rd , 2020 - August 9 th , 2021)!
Application Due: June 26 th , 2020
Join a team of dozens of committed individuals throughout California engaged in watershed protection, community outreach and education, and restoration projects! Spend 10 ½ months working alongside natural resource professionals and WSP staff in San Luis Obispo, CA.
WSP fosters inclusion , inspires innovation , and encourages respect by embracing the diverse talents, perspectives, and backgrounds of all applicants. Each of Corpsmember brings to the table a lifetime of experiences and knowledge. Each Corpsmember i s different and adds value to the organization because of these differences. WSP seeks applicants that represent the racial, gender, cultural, and socio-economic diversity of our global society.
WSP Program Overview:
For 2 6 years, the California Conservation Corps Watershed Stewards Program in partnership with AmeriCorps ( 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 (C hinook S almon, Coho S almon and S teelhead T rout) 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.
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 1 1 -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 information.
- Assist and support Corpsmembers in WOW! curriculum implementation and classroom management as requested.
- Maintain WSP’s educati onal materials and oversee the M ember check-out system.
- Work in partnership with the California Conservation Corps on a series of educational presentations for CCC Corpsmembers .
- Teach at least six one-hour WOW! Lessons to at least 2 5 students.
- F ield-test new WOW! curriculum .
Outreach Coordination and Support:
- Attend and help coordinate outreach events, such as environmental education fairs .
- Assist with various WSP recruitment opportunities, such as career and volunteer fairs. Keep Corpsmembers updated with community requests and provide them with necessary materials to perform outreach.
- Actively seek and coordinate new community outreach opportunities throughout the program year, with special emphasis on targeting underserved populations.
- Collect, edit and organize submissions for the Tributary Tribune, a quarterly newsletter for WSP.
- Regularly u pdate WSP’s Outreach tracking system in Excel .
- Create newsletter submissions for the California Conservation Corps monthly newsletter.
- Create outreach presentations using software such as Il lustrator, Publisher, and Power Point.
- Serve as a M ember representative to the WSP Advisory Committee by attending semi-annual meetings, and presenting position-specific program updates.
- Maintain WSP’s social media presence.
- Create additional outreach materials (brochures, videos) as necessary.
- Assist Corpsmembers in finding volunteer opportunities for National Service Days.
- Represent WSP to the community and media, as necessary.
Volunteer Recruitment Coordination and Support:
- Attend and support all Watershed Awareness Volunteer Event s (W AVE ) 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 weekend s and may require overnight travel .
- Support Corpsmembers in WA VE development, including volunteer recruitment, media outreach, completion of necessary paperwork, reviewing safety materials, and general check-in prior to 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.
- Participate in local service and network with volunteer agencies as a WSP representative.
Corpsm ember/Program Support:
- Collaborate with fellow Team Leaders, CCC Corpsmembers , WSP Corpsmembers , and CCC and WSP Staff.
- Maintain regular communication with WSP Corpsmembers in 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.
- 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 calls, and by supplying them with appropriate resources and alerting Program Coordinators as needed.
- Document uniform & equipment checkouts and exchanges for WSP Corpsmembers and assist in the tracking and organization of all program inventory.
Preferred Skills and Qualities for Corpsmembers :
- Desire to learn and develop professional skills
- Effective communication skills and emotional intelligence
- A good basis in leadership and management, communications, media design and marketing
- Ability to work independently and willingness to take initiative on projects
- Ability to collaborate with the other Team Leader and staff on program-related projects
- Foundational knowledge in Microsoft Office (Word and Excel) preferred
- Opportunity to make a difference in a California community and travel much of the state in a state vehicle
- A monthly living stipend of $1, 999
- $6,195 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award upon completion of the program
- No-cost medical insurance
- Student loan forbearance on eligible loans
- Uniform and field gear provided
- T raining opportunities in event development and management, grant and report development, and marketing
- Mentorship from WSP Program Coordinator II
- Office with a view, standing desk, located on rustic Los Padres CCC center
- Option to live in a dorm on Los Padres CCC center for $400/month (room/board included)
How to Apply to WSP :
- Visit WSP’s Website and download the Yr. 27 Application - indicate you are interested in the Team Leader position: https://ccc.ca.gov/watershed-stewards-program/apply-to-wsp/
- Watch the Informational Video at https://youtu.be/Nil0WUtRobM
- Send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 2 6 th:
- Cover letter
- O ne-page resume
- Two signed letters of recommendation (can be submitted on your behalf) to the specified email.
If you have any questions about the Watershed Stewards Program or how to apply, please contact the WSP Recruiter, email@example.com Jody Weseman (805) 542-8461 .
About Watershed Stewards Program - ERWIG
1500 ALAMAR WAY, FORTUNA, CA 95540, US
The Watershed Stewards Program's (WSP) mission is to conserve, restore, and enhance anadromous watersheds for future generations by linking education with high quality scientific practices.
For over 20 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 Members in volunteer recruitment efforts to increase the capacity and reach of partner organizations, and helps Members develop into the next generation of natural resource professionals.