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Corpsmember and NPS staffer hold long fishing net, while a second Corpsmember observes from the side in a marsh.

A WSP Corpsmember and a program mentor use a seine to catch fish while a second WSP Corpsmember analyzes its contents.

Watershed Stewards Program’s 28th program year runs from October 3, 2021 to August 18, 2022. Orientation occurs in Fortuna from October 3 to October 9.

WSP will release its 29th program year applications in April 2022.

General Overview of WSP Position Types:

WSP Corpsmember (Fisheries and Restoration Technician)

Each year, WSP places Corpsmembers with environmental organizations throughout California to work collaboratively for a 10 ½ month service term. Corpsmembers serve under the guidance and mentorship of environmental 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, city, tribal, and non-profit agencies and organizations. Each Placement Site engages one or two Corpsmembers in all the service activity areas, while each site’s overall strategy, emphasis, effort, and timing of service activities vary.

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

  • Field surveys of spawning grounds, habitat, or wildlife
  • Riparian restoration including planting and invasive 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)
  • Teaching the Wonders of Watersheds (WOW!) curriculum in elementary classrooms in underserved communities.
  • Engaging their service community in watershed outreachand 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. 
WSP Team Leader (Based in Fortuna or San Luis Obispo)

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 11-12 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 data.
  • Assist and support Corpsmembers in WOW! curriculum implementation and classroom management, as requested.
  • Maintain WSP’s educational materials and oversee the check-out system.
  • Work in partnership with the California Conservation Corps on a series of educational presentations for CCC Corpsmembers.
  • Teach at least five 90-minute WOW! lessons to at least 25 students.
  • Field-test new WOW! curriculum.

Outreach Coordination and Support:

  • Create outreach materials (graphics, videos, posters, etc.) using software such as Adobe Premiere, Microsoft 365, Canva, etc.
  • Develop and update procedures to ensure future continuity of program outreach efforts.
  • Collect, edit and organize Corpsmembers’ submissions for various program-wide outreach efforts.
  • Assist Corpsmembers in finding volunteer opportunities for National Service Days.
  • Serve as a representative to the WSP Advisory Committee by attending annual meetings, and presenting position-specific program updates.
  • Actively seek and coordinate new community outreach opportunities throughout the program year, with special emphasis on targeting underserved populations.

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 the 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.

Corpsmember/ Program Support:

  • Maintain regular communication with WSP Corpsmembers in a 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. Lead components of WSP trainings and webinars.
  • 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/Zoom calls, and by supplying them with appropriate resources and alerting the Program Coordinator as needed.

Region I (Fortuna, CA) Team Leader Additional Responsibilities:

  • Assist with tracking and fulfilling CM Gear Requests, such as uniforms and field gear throughout the term
  • Work with WSP staff to inventory program gear and supplies

Region II (San Luis Obispo, CA) Team Leader Additional Responsibilities:

  • Develop, manage, and track WSP’s social media presence (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, LinkedIn)
  • Develop outreach materials for CCC newsletter, informational presentations, and Corpsmember recruitment
  • Assess program feedback and evaluation data, develop graphs, and present findings

Preferred Skills and Qualities for Corpsmembers:

  • Ability to work independently and willingness to take initiative on projects
  • Effective communication skills and emotional intelligence
  • A good basis in leadership and event management
  • Ability to collaborate with other Team Leaders and staff on program-related projects
  • Flexibility and passion to help WSP succeed in its goals


  • Between the ages of 18-28 (by 10/03/2021) 
  • 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 two (2) points on California driver’s record
  • Experience in conducting watershed restoration, conducting environmental surveys, or analyzing scientific data
  • Interest in environmental education and volunteer management 
  • Willingness to relocate to the Placement Site community – relocation expenses are not provided


  • A monthly living stipend of $2,265 (Corpsmember) and $2,371 (Team Leader)
  • WSP Corpsmembers that successfully complete a Full-time 1700 hour service term will be eligible to receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of up to $6,345 and a California for All award of $3,655. 
  • No-cost basic medical insurance
  • Student loan forbearance on eligible loans
  • Childcare subsidy if Corpsmember meets eligibility requirements
  • Uniform and field gear provided 
  • Occasional opportunities to visit other WSP sites  
  • Mentorship from an environmental professional 
  • Hands-on training  and exceptional networking opportunities 
  • Housing is provided at very few sites, see Placement Site Summaries
  • Opportunity to make a difference in a California community

How to Apply:

STEP I: Review the following before completing WSP’s application:

STEP II: Complete and email the following to 

  • Year 28 WSP Application (PDF): include our secret code from the Informational video

  • Cover Letter: addressing why you feel you need this opportunity

  • Resume: please keep it to one page, you do not need to include references
  • Two Letters of Recommendation: may be submitted on your behalf or by you to the recruiter email
If you have any questions about the Watershed Stewards Program or how to apply, please contact the WSP Recruiter, Jody Weseman at (805) 835-8584 or email

WSP’s Informative Video