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Fisheries and Restoration Technician (WSP Corpsmember/AmeriCorps Member)

Company: Americorps Watershed Stewards Program
Location: Fortuna
Posted on: January 16, 2022

Job Description:

The Watershed Stewards Program (WSP) is seeking Fisheries and Restoration Technician applicants for Service Year 28

(October 3rd, 2021 August 18th, 2022)

Application Due: June 30th, 2021

Join a team of 44 committed individuals throughout California and engage in watershed protection, community outreach, education, and restoration projects! Spend 10 months working alongside environmental professionals with one of WSPs Placement Sites.

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.

WSP Program Overview:

For 27 years, the Watershed Stewards Program (WSP) has been engaged in comprehensive, 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 Corpsmembers with environmental organizations throughout California to work collaboratively for a 10 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. WSPs 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. For more specific information about each WSP Placement Site, please refer to the WSP website:

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 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

Qualifications for Applicants:

Between the ages of 18-28 (by 10/03/2021)

High school diploma

U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien

Possess or be willing to obtain a California Drivers License with a clean driving record

No more than 2 points on CA drivers 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)

Benefits Include:

A monthly living stipend of $1,905

A Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of up to $6,345 and a California for All award of $3,655 upon completion of the program.

No-cost 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 at WSP website for specifics

Opportunity to make a difference in a California community

How to Apply to WSP


Watch the Informational Video at

Send the following to by June 30th, 2021

Year 28 WSP Application: available under the APPLY TO WSP tab on the WSP website

Rename file: 1. Last,First Name_Application

Cover Letter: addressing why you feel you need this opportunity over another candidate

Rename file: 2. Last, First_Cover Letter

One Page Resum: listing education and work experience.

Rename file: 3. Last, First_Resume

Letters of Recommendation: two signed LORs (may be submitted on your behalf) to

WSP Contact Information:

If you have any questions about the Watershed Stewards Program or how to apply, please contact the WSP Recruiters, Jody Weseman (805) 835-8584 or Greg Poulton (310) 351-5079.

Keywords: Americorps Watershed Stewards Program, Redding , Fisheries and Restoration Technician (WSP Corpsmember/AmeriCorps Member), Professions , Fortuna, California

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