US nationals: Watershed Stewards Program


, CA, US

For 23 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 Members in volunteer recruitment efforts to increase the capacity and reach of partner organizations, and helps Members develop into the next generation of natural resource professionals. Each year, WSP places approximately 48 Members with natural resource organization Placement Sites throughout California to work collaboratively for their 10 ½ month service term. Members 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 three Members in all the service activity areas, while each Site’s overall strategy, emphasis, effort, and timing of service activities varies. For more specific information about each WSP Placement Site, please refer to the WSP website: WSP fosters inclusion, inspires innovation, and encourages respect by embracing the diverse talents, perspectives, and backgrounds of all applicants. Each of us brings to the table a lifetime of experiences and knowledge. Each of us is different and adds value to the organization because of these differences. WSP seeks applicants that represents the racial, gender, cultural, and socio-economic diversity of American society.  

Member Duties : Spend 10 ½ months working alongside natural resource professionals with one of WSP’s 25 Placement Sites. During their service, Members participate in a wide array of activities, including: *Regular watershed recovery and protection work with their Placement Site *Teaching the Wonders of Watersheds (WOW!) curriculum in Title I schools *Engaging their service community in watershed outreach *Creating and implementing their own Watershed Project, and recruiting community volunteers *Training and professional development opportunities

Program Benefits : Student Loan Forbearance ,  Stipend ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Health Coverage ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Training . 
Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Car recommended ,  Uniforms provided and required . 
Service Areas :
Community Outreach ,  Environment ,  Education . 
Skills :
Urban Planning ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Leadership ,  Public Speaking ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Writing/Editing ,  Recruitment ,  Communications ,  Environment ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Education ,  Team Work ,  Community Organization ,  General Skills .