Full-Time Watershed Stewards Program (WSP) Team Leaders
WSP is seeking four proactive individuals who are inspired to help the WSP Team manage a statewide program and are eager to gain skills in program management, community outreach, and leadership.
If you’re interested in community outreach and collaborative program environments, the WSP Team Leader (TL) position might be a good fit for you. WSP’s Team Leaders serve at one of WSP’s main offices, in either Fortuna or San Luis Obispo and will serve on their choice of a 4/10 or 5/8 schedule.
WSP’s Team Leaders are integral members of the WSP team and are central to developing the Corpsmembers’ experience. TLs are required to complete all the same WOW! & WAVE program requirements as Corpsmembers and receive a larger living stipend given their elevated role in the program. Anyone can apply to be a WSP Team Leader, previous service with WSP is not required.
Ideal Applicant Traits:
- Follows written and verbal instructions
- Self-motivated, enjoys working independently and collaboratively
- Empathetic & compassionate, enjoys communicating and supporting others
- Detail-oriented and able to keep accurate and up-to-date records
- Curious and proactive
Program Timeframe: October 2nd, 2023 – August 15th, 2024
Position & Program Overview:
The Watershed Stewards Program (WSP) is celebrating its 30th program year and is seeking enthusiastic, environmentally conscious individuals to help improve watershed health throughout California by addressing local issues in a variety of formats.
Each day, TLs serve under the guidance of a WSP Program Coordinator and help:
- Develop and deliver trainings and outreach lessons to WSP Corpsmembers and community members
- Support Corpsmembers in their education/outreach requirements via peer editing, presentation feedback, and resource support
- Develop networking opportunities for Corpsmembers – facilitate district check-ins
- Build WSP’s capacity to reach communities across California by overseeing WSP’s media outreach and graphic designs
*Note: TLs do not supervise Corpsmembers, they model best practices. See the complete list of duties on WSP’s website.
The specific activities will differ depending on individual assignments and the Team Leader’s interests/strengths, but the main elements of the position include:
- Event Planning – hone your organizations skills and explore various program support roles
- Volunteer Management – practice public speaking and inspire watershed restoration
- Outreach Management – develop environmental lessons and programmatic standards, facilitate team building experiences, and represent WSP at many networking events
Qualifications for Team Leader Applicants:
- Upper age limit of 32
- High school diploma
- 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 2 points on CA driver’s 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
- Ability to pass a pre-enrollment physical based on this Position Analysis
Team Leader Benefits:
- Gain skills in program management, community outreach, and leadership.
- A monthly living stipend of $2,821
- Team Leaders that successfully complete a Full-time 1700-hour service term will be eligible to receive the following education awards:
- Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of up to $6,345
- California for All Award of $3,655
- Program-sponsored medical insurance. The monthly premiums will be fully paid by the program. Corpsmembers will be responsible for any required deductibles and out-of-pocket co-payments
- Student loan forbearance on eligible loans
- Uniform and field gear provided – waders, wader boots, shirts, pants, hats, raingear, fleece, etc.
- Opportunities to train at other WSP sites (site share)
- Hands-on training and exceptional networking opportunities
- Childcare subsidy if Team Leader meets eligibility requirements
- Engage in meaningful projects restoring and protecting California’s watersheds.
How to ApplyHow to Apply to WSP:
- Visit https://ccc.ca.gov/what-we-do/conservation-programs/wsp-watershed-stewards-program/apply-to-wsp/
- Watch the Informational Video at https://youtu.be/zSdkdmM59wQ
- Send the following to email@example.com by June 30th, 2023.
- Year 30 WSP Application or 2nd Year Application if you have already served one year with WSP
- Cover Letter
- One-Page Resumé
- Two Letters of Recommendation - may be submitted on your behalf or by applicant
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