U.S. nationals: AmeriCorps Member (River Assessment and Restoration Assistant)

American Rivers
Nevada City, CA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Not Specified


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Named one of the best groups to support by “Outside” magazine, American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature. Since 1973, American Rivers has protected and restored more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® and National River Cleanup® campaigns. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 350,000 members, supporters and volunteers. American Rivers maintains a positive work environment with a culture of learning, support and balance. For more information please visit www.americanrivers.org.

American Rivers embraces and celebrates diversity, equity and inclusion in all that we do. Rivers Connect Us is more than just our tagline. The beauty of rivers is that they connect all people and communities, and we seek to build and embody this diversity in our organization and throughout the conservation field.  Each individual brings life experiences, knowledge, innovation and talent to our work, providing perspectives, experiences and competencies that are critical to our effectiveness.


Since 1993, the Sierra Nevada Alliance has been protecting and restoring Sierra Nevada lands, water, wildlife, and communities. The Sierra Nevada Alliance implements the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP). Each year, the Alliance places 28 SNAP members with partner conservation organizations throughout the Sierra Nevada. Since 2007, the SNAP Program has restored more than 16,000 watershed acres, monitored more than 1,300 sites, educated more than 180,000 individuals, recruited more than 37,500 volunteers, and contributed more than 550,000 hours of service. 


The Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) is seeking enthusiastic, conservation-minded people to commit to 11 months of service, protecting Sierra natural resources and working to create sustainable communities, including one individual to be placed with American Rivers as the River Assessment and Restoration Assistant AmeriCorps Member. During the year, the SNAP member placed at American Rivers will gain skills and technical training, mentor with outstanding environmental leaders and receive an education award at the successful completion of service.

The River Assessment and Restoration Assistant will work with American Rivers’ headwaters team in the Sacramento San Joaquin Basin (SSJ) on a variety of watershed restoration, protection and outreach projects. The team’s meadow restoration projects are at multiple stages of implementation, from initial assessment and prioritization to construction, and the AmeriCorps member will assist with and gain exposure to each phase of restoration. Green infrastructure projects will include experience with stormwater management systems that function to reduce runoff, erosion, and contamination of surface water, as well as help prevent flooding. The AmeriCorps member will be involved in monitoring, design and outreach, as well as strategies for scaling up this work so the technologies are broadly adopted in the Sierra region. American Rivers’ salmon restoration and barrier removal projects will involve the member in stakeholder outreach, strategy and education. The forest health and road management work will involve developing priority sites for road repairs and decommissioning to reduce road-related erosion that impacts the local watershed. Additionally, the AmeriCorps Member will assist in developing our forest management program, which includes our forest thinning and burning projects. The AmeriCorps member will help with outreach for the American Rivers’ Sacramento San Joaquin (SSJ) Basin office working with staff in the SSJ and national office to develop outreach materials specific to river and watershed conservation in California.


  • Conduct monitoring of meadow, green infrastructure, floodplain restoration and forest health projects
  • Assist with project data management, entry, and analysis
  • Assist in developing deliverables for meadow, green infrastructure, and forest health project grants
  • Help develop outreach and communication materials for the AR website and coordinate with the national communications staff
  • Lead education and outreach events around American Rivers Sierra Nevada restoration work
  • Design maps and perform analyses in GIS


  • S. in Environmental Sciences, Natural Resources/Planning, Geomorphology, or related field
  • Study or interest in river science
  • Experience in field studies and stream sampling
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Interest in social networking, blogging, and web communication
  • Knowledge of GIS software
  • Interest in/ability to participate in multi-day trips in the field, including camping


  • A taxed $1,345 monthly living allowance
  • A $10,000 education award to pay educational expenses at eligible post-secondary institutions, including many technical schools and G.I. Bill approved programs, or to repay qualified student loans
  • Deferred student loans during year of service. AmeriCorps will pay for the accrued student loan interest (on approved loans)


This position is employed by the Sierra Nevada Alliance, not American Rivers. Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) members are considered “participants” in the AmeriCorps program, serving at their host site organizations.

1.     Download the SNAP Member Application Packet with detailed application instructions here: http://sierranevadaalliance.org/programs/sierra-nevada-americorps-partnership/join/

2.    Fill out the online SNAP Member application by clicking here.

3.    Email your resume and a 1-page cover letter stating your interest in the SNAP Member position and your best qualifications for the position to rachel.durben@sierranevadaalliance.org. Be sure to title your email subject: “SNAP Application 2019-20”.

Deadline to Apply: July 31, 2019

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All submissions are confidential. The Sierra Nevada Alliance and AmeriCorps are equal opportunity employers.