Rural Communities and Forest Restoration Communications Apprenticeship

Sierra Institute for Community and Environment

About the organization

Our Mission
Promoting healthy and sustainable forests and watersheds by investing in the well-being of rural communities and strengthening their participation in natural resource decision-making and programs.

Our Approach
Recognizing the direct relationship rural communities have with forest landscapes, Sierra Institute has advanced integrative programs that support rural environmental, economic, and community health at local, regional, and national levels for the past twenty-five years.


Job Duties

The selected candidate will have the opportunity to advance their knowledge and professional skills while contributing to meaningful outcomes for rural communities and landscapes through involvement with a suite of Sierra Institute projects. Responsibility areas described below provide an overview of the core efforts the selected apprentice will contribute to. These are meant to provide a general understanding of the position, and may not capture all responsibilities.

Communications and Outreach (~70%): Responsibilities may include the full range of communications and outreach activities, including developing and curating content for social media, identifying and managing notable observations (e.g., National Forest Products Week), drafting and editing blog posts, newsletter articles, etc., and providing website design and maintenance support.

General Organizational Support (~30%): As a member of Sierra Institute’s professional staff, the apprentice will contribute to the organization’s overall pursuit of its mission. Responsibilities may include participating on field trips with youth, assisting with administrative duties in the main office, or other organizational support activities.



· An undergraduate or advanced degree in communications or related field; or social science,
natural resources or related field
· Excellent written and oral communication skills
· Basic understanding of land management policies, and natural resource issues such as wildfire
forestry, and ecological restoration
· Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc)
· A willingness to work and live in a rural, mountainous area that receives snow and ice in winter
· A team-oriented perspective with a productive level of self-guidance and initiative
· An ability to bring critical thinking skills, creativity, and laughter to the workplace
· A personal vehicle for transportation outside of work
· Experience living and/or working in a rural setting and a strong desire to learn about rural


· Demonstrated knowledge of collaborative resource management and community involvement
· Experience with professional communications related to rural communities and natural
resource management
· Experience with an array of social media, and communication tools, potentially including online
surveys, webinars, website management, and/or utilizing other computer software programs
· Experience using ESRI ArcGIS or other geospatial platforms for story-telling.

Please note these qualifications are what we believe is necessary to ensure the selected applicant is successful in this position, we encourage all who are interested to apply.


$2,000/month, plus shared housing

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Send your resume, cover letter, and the contact information for your references as one pdf to [email protected] with the position title you are applying for in the subject line.

The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

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