WSP Corpsmember - Fisheries & Restoration Technician

Watershed Stewards Program

About the organization

The Watershed Stewards Program (WSP) is dedicated to improving watershed health by actively engaging in restoration science, civic service, and community education while empowering the next generation of environmental stewards.

WSP does this by placing its Corpsmembers with scientists (Mentors) at environmental organizations (Placement Sites) around the state to assist with watershed data collection and analysis, as well as restoration project development and maintenance. Ultimately, Corpsmembers serve with WSP to help bring threatened and endangered salmonids back to healthy populations by improving watershed health.

WSP Corpsmembers also provide watershed education to students at lower-income public schools using the program’s watershed science curriculum. They also recruit community volunteers to tackle watershed projects that local organizations might not otherwise have the resources to complete.

Duties

Watershed Recovery and Protection (72% of CMs’ time)
CMs may assist in the coordination and implementation of projects including:
• Field Data Collection – habitat typing, spawner surveys, snorkel surveys, trawling, seining, screw trap monitoring, water quality monitoring, etc.
• In-Channel Restoration – installing large woody debris or off-channel ponds, removing fish barriers
• Invasive Removal – removing non-native plant or aquatic species
• Riparian Restoration/ Revegetation – planting/ propagating native plant species
• Water Conservation – install water catchment systems or rainwater gardens/ sheet mulching
• Project Maintenance – monitor for effectiveness, weed abatement and watering existing plants
• Data Management – DIDSON data review, data entry and analysis, GIS mapping
Education and Outreach (13% of CMs’ time) Using WSP’s Wonders of Watershed (WOW!) curriculum, CMs instruct 2nd - 6th grade students in watershed and salmonid science. All CMs are trained and supported by WSP staff in classroom management, lesson development, and WOW! program procedures.
Volunteer Recruitment (10% of CMs’ time) Each CM develops a Watershed Awareness Volunteer Event (WAVE) where they identify a local watershed need/partnering organization then plan and implement a small-scale restoration event of their choosing.
Professional Development (5% of CMs’ time) All CMs participate in both WSP sponsored and site-specific trainings that vary each year.

Qualifications

Qualifications for CM Applicants:
• Between the ages of 18-28 (by 10/02/2022)
• High school diploma
• U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien
• Possess or willing to obtain a California Driver’s License with a clean driving record - No more than 2 points on CA driver’s record
• 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

Salary

$2,400 monthly living stipend, plus benefits ($10,000 edu. award, medical, uniform/ field gear, site sharing, etc.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

How to Apply to WSP:
• Visit https://ccc.ca.gov/what-we-do/conservation-programs/wsp-watershed-stewards-program/apply-to-wsp/
• Watch the Informational Video at https://youtu.be/zSdkdmM59wQ
• Send the following to [email protected] by June 30th, 2022.
o Year 29 WSP Application or 2nd Year Application if you have already served one year with WSP
o Cover Letter – addressing why you feel you need this opportunity
o One-Page Resumé - no need to include references
o Two letters of recommendation - may be submitted on your behalf or by the applicant

WSP Contact Information:
If you have any questions about the Watershed Stewards Program or how to apply, please contact the WSP Recruiters at [email protected] or call Jason Lopiccolo (707) 298-5195.

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