Apply to WSP

Only 44 slots are available this term in the Watershed Stewards Program and competition is strong! Follow the instructions closely and start your application early.

Apply Now for WSP’s 27th program year
October 3rd, 2020 – August 19th, 2021
Applications due to wsp.recruiter@ccc.ca.gov
by 5:00 p.m. on June 26th, 2020.

Join a team of individuals committed to watershed protection, community outreach and education, and restoration projects throughout California! Spend 10 ½ months working alongside natural resource professionals with one of WSP’s Placement Sites, including federal & state agencies, and non-profits.

Each of us is different and adds value to the organization because of these differences. WSP fosters inclusion, cultivates leadership and encourages respect by embracing the diverse circumstances, perspectives, and backgrounds of all applicants. WSP seeks applicants that represent the racial, gender, cultural, and socio-economic diversity of our global society.

Available Positions:

WSP Corpsmember (Fisheries and Restoration Technician)

During their service, WSP Corpsmembers participate in a wide array of activities, including:

  • Regular watershed recovery and protection work which may include:
    • Field surveys of spawning grounds, habitat, or wildlife
    • Riparian restoration including planting and native species removal
    • Data entry and analysis
    • Trapping of juvenile or adult fish for counting and measurement
    • Computer modeling of natural resource data
    • Designing in-stream projects
    • Helping to remove fish passage barriers (dams, culverts)
    • And much, much more!
  • Teaching the Wonders of Watersheds (WOW!) curriculum in K-8 classrooms in underserved communities
  • Engaging their service community in watershed outreach and education
  • Creating and implementing their own Watershed Awareness Volunteer Events (WAVE) and recruiting community volunteers to complete a restoration project
  • Training, networking and professional development opportunities

Preferred Skills and Qualities for Corpsmembers:

  • Willingness and desire to learn
  • Effective communication skills
  • Flexibility
  • Willingness to relocate to Placement Site community
    • Relocation fees are not provided
    • Most Placement Site do not provide housing

Benefits Include:

  • Opportunity to make a difference in a California community
  • 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 $6,195 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. Corpsmembers may use the education award to pay for current or future educational expenses at an eligible institution, to repay qualified student loans, or to do both.
  • Uniform and field gear provided
  • Occasional opportunities to visit other WSP sites
  • Mentorship from a natural resources professional
  • Hands-on training opportunities
  • Exceptional networking opportunities
  • No-cost medical insurance
  • Student loan forbearance on eligible loans
  • Valuable work experience for your future
WSP Region I Team Leader (based in Fortuna, CA)

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 10-12 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 Corpsmembers in organizing their Wonders of Watersheds (WOW!) educational series by providing teacher contact information, coordinating classroom visits and developing lesson plans if needed. Provide Corpsmembers with educational materials necessary for their lessons and assist them in the classroom if requested.
  • Maintain organization of WSP’s educational materials and oversee the materials 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 25 students.
  • Field-test new WOW! Curriculum.

Outreach Coordination and Support:

  • Coordinate WSP presence at outreach events such as environmental education fairs, science nights, etc.
  • Delegate requests for educational outreach. 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 update WSP’s outreach tracking system in Excel.
  • Create outreach presentations using software such as Illustrator, Publisher, and PowerPoint.
  • Serve as a Corpsmember representative to the WSP Advisory Committee by attending annual meetings, and presenting position-specific program updates.
  • Assist with WSP’s social media presence.
  • 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 Events (WAVE) 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 weekends and may require overnight travel.
  • Support Corpsmembers in WAVE 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.

Corpsmember/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:

  • Flexibility
  • Desire to learn and develop professional skills
  • Effective communication skills and emotional intelligence
  • A good basis in leadership and management, communications, education
  • Willingness to relocate to Placement Site community
  • Willingness to travel and work weekends
  • Ability to work independently and willingness to take initiative on projects
  • Ability to collaborate with the other Team Leaders and staff on program-related projects
  • Foundational knowledge in Microsoft Office (Word and Excel) preferred

Benefits Include:

  • 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
  • WSP Corpsmembers that successfully complete a Full-time 1700 hour service term will be eligible to receive a $6,195 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. Corpsmembers may use the education award to pay for current or future educational expenses at an eligible institution, to repay qualified student loans, or to do both.
  • No-cost medical insurance
  • Student loan forbearance on eligible loans
  • Uniform and field gear provided
  • Training opportunities in event development and management, grant and report development, and marketing
  • Mentorship from WSP Program Coordinator I
  • Your own office with a standing desk, located at WSP headquarters in Fortuna, CA
WSP Region II Team Leader (based in San Luis Obispo, CA)

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 10-12 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 educational materials and oversee the Member 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 25 students.
  • Field-test new WOW! curriculum.

Outreach Coordination and Support:

  • Attend and help coordinate outreach events, such as environmental education fairs and WSP informational sessions.
  • 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 update WSP’s Outreach tracking system in Excel.
  • Create newsletter submissions for the California Conservation Corps monthly newsletter.
  • Create outreach presentations using software such as Illustrator, Publisher, and PowerPoint.
  • Serve as a Member 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 Events (WAVE) 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 weekends and may require overnight travel.
  • Support Corpsmembers in WAVE 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.

Corpsmember/Program Support:

  • Train and partner with other local WSP Corpsmembers in field surveys when feasible.
  • 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 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:

  • Flexibility
  • 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
  • Willingness to relocate to Placement Site community
  • Willingness to travel and work weekends
  • 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)

Benefits Include:

  • 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
  • WSP Corpsmembers that successfully complete a Full-time 1700 hour service term will be eligible to receive a $6,195 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. Corpsmembers may use the education award to pay for current or future educational expenses at an eligible institution, to repay qualified student loans, or to do both.
  • No-cost medical insurance
  • Student loan forbearance on eligible loans
  • Uniform and field gear provided
  • Training 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)
Program Overview

For 26 years, the California Conservation Corps Watershed Stewards Program in partnership with AmeriCorps (WSP) has been engaged in 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 dozens of Corpsmembers with natural resource organization Placement Sites throughout California to work collaboratively for a 10 ½ month service term. Corpsmembers serve under the guidance and mentorship of resource 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, tribal, and non-profit agencies and organizations. Each Placement Site engages between one and two Corpsmembers in all the service activity areas, while each site’s overall strategy, emphasis, effort, and timing of service activities vary. For more specific information about each WSP Placement Site, please refer to the Placement Site Summaries below.

Qualifications:

  • Between the ages of 18 – 28 (by program start date)
  • 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)
  • 25 credits of college-level science OR six months of relevant experience in fisheries/habitat restoration related activities
  • Interest and experience in natural resources management and environmental education
  • Willingness to relocate to Placement Site community

How to Apply:

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

Watershed Stewards Program At A Glance