Watershed Program Technician 

Position: Watershed Program Technician 

Organization: Carson Water Subconservancy District


The Carson Water Subconservancy District (CWSD) is a unique multi-county, bi-state agency dedicated to establishing a balance between the needs of the communities within the Carson River Watershed and the function of the river system.


CWSD’s mission is to work within existing governmental frameworks to promote cooperative action for the watershed that crosses both agency and political boundaries. CWSD acts as lead agency for integrated watershed planning and funds the Carson River Watershed Coordination Program, who facilitates the Carson River Coalition. CWSD strives to involve all counties and communities within the watershed in the effort to meet the various future water needs, enhance the health of the river system, protect the floodplains, and provide outreach and information to the community.

Position Description

To realize the CWSD Watershed Program’s vision, the member will assist in a multi-disciplinary program that involves youth education and outreach, and expands our educational presence to increase watershed literacy within the basin. Given COVID-19, much of our education and outreach efforts have gone digital. The position will require extensive knowledge of social media (Facebook, Instagram), virtual platforms and web based development. When safe, the position will add an educational component to public events and tours to inspire our community to become more proactive and aware of watershed management issues. These issues include the conservation of floodplains, and awareness of their own contributions to nonpoint source pollutants. The member will have professional development opportunities through NDEP/FEMA/CWSD/NDOT/EPA and other non-governmental agencies on floodplain and watershed efforts.


Location: Carson City, NV

Service Schedule, Location and Dates: 

Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5pm

Carson Subconservancy District Offices in Carson City, NV


Some weekends and evenings for special programs and events throughout Carson River Watershed in both NV and CA.


Member's term of service begins in November 2020 and will be completed by August 2021. This is a part -time AmeriCorps member position. Members must complete 920 hours of service over their term of service.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Help Develop and Implement a Watershed-Literacy Multimedia Campaign

  • Enhance and Maintain our Educational Presence Through Social Media, CWSD’s website, Online Watershed Maps, and Newsletter Outreach

  • Assist creating a virtual Public Watershed Tour 

  • Facilitate Schools, Agency and Nonprofit partners in Education and Outreach Events

  • Promote our interactive watershed web map education program

  • Help Develop and Implement Flood Awareness Programs

  • Research and write articles and papers on relevant watershed issues.

Secondary Responsibilities

  • Assist Conservation Districts and Cooperative Weed Management Area Education Programs

  • Help facilitate Stakeholder and Carson River Coalition Meetings, Collaborations and Communication


  • Experience leading groups in the field and/or teaching in a classroom or field setting. 

  • Experience with on-the-ground restoration projects that involve the local community.  

  • Computer and social media knowledge and experience.

  • Enjoys teaching and communicating adults and K through 12th grade.

  • Spanish proficiency helpful.

  • Enjoys outdoor recreation.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • College degree or working toward a college degree with a focus and interest in biology, ecology, hydrology, geology, environmental science, education, or related field.

  • Ability to work independently, collaboratively with other staff, and a diverse group of stakeholders.

  • Strong written and oral communication/presentation skills; strong computer and organizational skills.

  • Working Knowledge of Email, WordPress, MailChimp and Social Media Platforms (YouTube, Facebook and Instagram).

  • Working knowledge of the entire Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint).

  • Some graphic design and layout aptitude. 

  • Knowledge of the scientific method, strong data and statistical analysis skills.

  • Knowledge of watershed functions and fluvial processes.

  • Ability to hike through creeks and vegetation and be on your feet for up to 8 hours a day to perform tours, education events, monitoring and stream side restorations.

  • Willingness to occasionally work early in the morning (before 7:00A.M.), in the evening (after 6:00P.M.), and on weekends to participate in projects and events.

  • Ability to drive for extended periods of time.


Service Environment Description and Inclusive Member Position Description Statement

Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The above functions may be completed with or without reasonable accommodations. No persons involved with the program will discriminate based on race, religion, creed, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, political affiliation or disability. This position has recurring access to vulnerable populations.


The AmeriCorps member will receive a living allowance of $9,359, and a $3,097.50 education award upon successful completion of service. Members will receive professional development opportunities throughout their service.

To Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to:

Shane Fryer

Watershed Program Specialist


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