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 Information for Member Applicants

 
Next year's application will be released in March 2018! 
Enjoy this short clip​ - A Day in the Life of WSP!
 

Qualifications:

  • Aged 21+ (current CCC corpsmembers may be 18+)
  • High school diploma
  • 25 credits of college-level science OR six months of relevant experience in fisheries/habitat       restoration, invasive removal, instream structure installation, etc.
  • Interest and experience in natural resources management and environmental education
  • Possess or be willing to obtain a California Driver's License
  • Clean driving record (no more than 2 points)
  • US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien
  • Willingness to relocate to Placement Site community
 


Benefits:

  • Opportunity to make a difference in a Californian community
  • Monthly Living Stipend: $1,620 for Members and $1,700 for Team Leaders
  • No-cost health care
  • AmeriCorps education award $5,815
  • Student loan forbearance and repayment on interest accrued while in the program
  • Wilderness First Aid/CPR, Water Safety training
  • Uniform and field gear provided
 

Before Applying:


 
 Required Application Materials:

  • 2nd Year Application (only if you have already served a year with WSP)
  • Cover Letter (addressing why you want to join WSP, and what you hope to gain from the program)
  • One Page Resume (listing education, work experience, and references)
    • Two Letters of Recommendation (can be submitted on your behalf to wsp.recruiter@ccc.ca.gov, Current        ​      CCC corpsmembers must submit one letter from their C1)

 

Questions or Technical Issues: Contact either Jody Weseman at the San Luis Obispo Office
 (805) 542-8461 or Zia Schatz at the Fortuna Office (707) 725-8601, or email WSP.Recruiter@ccc.ca.gov

 

 WSP fosters inclusion, inspires innovation, and encourages respect by embracing the diverse talents, perspectives, and backgrounds of all applicants. Each of us brings to the table a lifetime of experiences and knowledge. Each of us is different and adds value to the organization because of these differences. WSP seeks applicants that represents the racial, gender, cultural, and socio-economic diversity of American society.

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Watershed Stewards Program (WSP) Members serve under the guidance of a Placement Site organization for 10 ½ months to assess, monitor, and enhance watersheds. While each Placement Site’s overall strategy, effort, and timing of service activities varies, all Members will participate in the following types of service:
 
Watershed Recovery and Protection (72% of Members’ time)
Members work cooperatively with natural resource agencies, landowners, land managers, and community-based organizations, surveying streams and watersheds using State and Federal protocols. Members assist in the coordination and implementation of projects including, but not limited to: invasive species removal; rebuilding, restoring and expanding riparian buffers; spawning surveys; native species seed collection, propagation, and planting; installing large woody debris; in-stream habitat surveys; removing/improving fish passage barriers; monitoring culverts; water quality and water quantity monitoring; road decommissioning and fire fuel reduction; installing and maintaining water catchment systems and rain water gardens; and monitoring and maintenance of restoration projects.
 
Members also spend time analyzing data to help generate reports and specific prescriptions for management of those streams and watersheds. These projects include, but are not limited to: restoration project development and design; data entry and analysis; landowner access agreements; GIS mapping; quantitative watershed research; and technical writing.
 
Education and Outreach (13% of Members’ time)
Members serve in local Title I schools to educate the next generation by instructing K-8 students in watershed and salmonid science utilizing the Wonders of Watershed (WOW!) curriculum. The WOW! curriculum consists of six lessons pertaining to: watersheds, the water cycle, salmonids, stream health, habitat, and water conservation and stewardship. All Members teach the curriculum in at least one classroom, to at least 25 students.
 
Members also engage the community in outreach throughout their service term by providing outreach presentations and educational opportunities to students and community members, including: episodic classroom visits, environmental education fairs, field trips, community service projects, and presentations to community members, natural resource professionals, and students relating to conserving, restoring, and sustaining local watersheds. All Members participate in one Outreach Event organized by WSP during their service term.
 
Volunteer Recruitment (10% of Members’ time)
WSP places a high priority on volunteer recruitment and engagement. Each Member completes one Watershed Awareness Project (WAP) in which they recruit, train, and manage 30 volunteers in a hands-on watershed restoration project. Members are also encouraged to think of other ways to engage and educate community volunteers, local school groups, and local businesses. Coordinating these events helps WSP Members develop professionally and strengthens communities through the development of partnerships between people, groups and organizations, and their connection to the local environment.
 
Member Training and Professional Development (5% of Members’ time)
Members participate in all mandatory WSP trainings and meetings; including a week-long orientation, a three-day regional training, WSP Member Exits, and the WSP Member Recognition Ceremony. Training topics include, but are not limited to: Wilderness First Aid/CPR; swift-water safety; civic engagement; career and professional development; teaching skills; watershed surveying and sampling methodologies; data analyses; and fundamentals of watershed restoration, and program policies. Members also participate in regular training at their Placement Site.

 


The Watershed Stewards Program (WSP) Team Leaders assist with the coordination and support of education, outreach, and volunteer events for WSP Members throughout California. Each Team Leader provides support and leadership to WSP Members in their district (about 12-15 Members) and assists WSP staff with event and program coordination. Additionally, Team Leaders model best practices and support networking among members, building capacity and community across sites. WSP’s Team Leaders are integral members of the support team and are central to developing the Members’ experience
The specific responsibilities will differ depending on individual assignments and Team Leader interests/strengths, but the main duties include:
30% Member Support
  • Be a leader and model for Members.
  • Be a liaison between staff and Members.
  • Support and maintain regular communication with 10 – 15 Members in specified District throughout the year.
  • Visit Members and shadow them in the field to gain a better understand of their day-to-day activities.
  • Support Members in the completion of their education and outreach program requirements.
  • Ensure Members have the physical resources they need throughout the year (first aid materials, uniform, gear, tools, PPE, education supplies, etc.).
  • If Members are struggling, support them and connect them with the necessary staff.
  • Support Members with paperwork submissions and DUE date reminders. 
  • Track Members’ participation in National Service Days. 

20% Watershed Awareness Project Coordination:
  • Organize and implement at least one Watershed Awareness Project (hands-on restoration project) in the community, and recruit a minimum of 30 volunteers.
  • Support Members in WAP development, including: volunteer recruitment, media outreach, reviewing safety materials, and general check-in prior to the event.
  • Track, edit, and manage Members’ WAP paperwork. 
  • Attend each WAP in specific District.
  • Support Members in WAP execution, including: supplying tools and resources, assisting with volunteer management, and representing WSP.
  • Maintain WSP’s tools/supplies and oversee the Member check-out system.

15% Wonders of Watersheds (WOW!) Education Coordination:
  • Teach at least one series of the WOW!  educational series.
  • Field-test new WOW! curriculum in classrooms.
  • Assist Members in organizing K-12 Wonders of Watersheds (WOW!) educational series by contacting teachers and helping coordinate classroom visits as requested. 
  • Support Members in curriculum implementation and classroom management as requested.
  • Maintain WSP’s educational materials and oversee the Member check-out system.

15% Community Outreach Coordination:
  • Attend and help coordinate community outreach events, such as environmental education fairs and required outreach events.
  • Coordinate and attend the Required Outreach Event (ROE) in specific District.
  • Work in partnership with the California Conservation Corps on a series of educational presentations for CCC corpsmembers.
  • Actively seek and coordinate new community outreach opportunities throughout the program year, with special emphasis on targeting underserved populations.
  • Serve as a Member representative to the WSP Advisory Committee by attending semi-annual meetings.
  • Represent WSP to the community and media, as necessary.
  • Submit Member Updates to the CCC Newsletter.
  • Post regular District-specific Member Updates on social media.
  • Work with Members in District to put together an issue of the Tributary Tribune, WSP’s quarterly newsletter.

10% Program Support
  • Collaborate with fellow Team Leaders, CCC Corpsmembers, WSP Members, and CCC and WSP staff.
  • Complete large individual projects to assist the program, such as: curriculum development; data analysis; photo contest; social media management; grant research and editing; and alumni project oversight.
  • Assist Program Coordinators with Member recruitment, including posting job announcements online, editing Placement Site descriptions, conducting information sessions on campus, etc. 
  • Help with daily office tasks, such as: maintaining the vehicle mileage logs; procurement and purchasing; gear and uniform management; etc.
  • Assist with tracking data towards program-wide performance goals.
  • Assist WSP staff in planning WSP trainings as directed.
  • Assist with photo documentation at all WSP events.

10% Member Development
  • Learn about program operations and management.
  • Develop leadership skills through hands-on experiences. 
  • Attend trainings and professional development opportunities to learn more about fisheries and watershed management, education, outreach, leadership, and other identified areas of growth.