Watershed Program Technician
Position: Watershed Program Technician - Must start in April
Organization: Carson Water Subconservancy District
Service Commitment: AmeriCorps members are passionate and committed to the mission of the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation and AmeriCorps. Members make a five month, full-time commitment to serve a nonprofit organization or public agency in Nevada. The AmeriCorps Term of Service is from beginning April 2018 – August 2018 (exact dates TBD).
Position Location: Carson City, NV: The AmeriCorps member’s residence and office will be in Carson City, NV, however, the program encompasses the entire Carson River Watershed from the High Sierra to the Wildlife refuges of Stillwater/Carson Sink. Carson City is an East-side Sierra Nevada community 20 minutes from Tahoe beaches or 40 minutes from winter skiing. Out the back door there are miles of single track, floatable rivers, great trails, road bike riding and it’s close to other high sierra destinations. The area is a backpacker’s paradise, with all the Sierra to access during much of the year. Our community has a great farmers market, public music venues, cafes, is bike friendly, has performing arts and budget restaurants.
Organization Description: 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’s ecosystem.
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, that in turn 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 environmental education to the community.
Program Description: The AmeriCorps member will work within the CWSD Watershed Program. The Program strives to realize a healthy sustainable watershed within the entire Carson River Basin; to achieve improved watershed conditions, so all lands and waterways (surface and underground) safely receive, store, and release clean water for the good of all peoples, environments and natural resources of the Carson River Basin.
Position Description: To help realize the CWSD Watershed Program’s vison the AmeriCorps member will work within a multi-disciplinary program to assist to complete CWSD program goals outlined below. The member will support our youth education and adult outreach efforts. The position will support river and watershed health by looking for innovative ways to use video, web, social media and print media to elevate watershed-literacy within the basin. The position will organize forums, public events and tours to inspire our community to become more proactive, more informed on watershed management issues, to actively conserve/protect floodplains and become more aware of their own nonpoint source pollution contributions. The member will help facilitate a road signing project along the Carson Rivers Watershed’s boundary, work on our healthy watershed outreach campaign, and work with our other conservation partners to implement integrated watershed planning and management efforts. See www.cwsd.org to learn more about CWSD and the Carson River Coalition.
Overall CWSD Program Goals 2017-18:
- Develop and Implement our Watershed-Literacy Media Campaign
- Maintain our Social Media and Newsletter Outreach
- Maintain our Schedule of Pubic Watershed Tours (Get on the Bus, Van Tours, Boating Tours)
- Facilitate Schools, Agency and Nonprofit partners in Education and Outreach Events
- Compete Carson Watershed Boundary Sign Project w/ NDOT
- Complete Interactive Watershed Web Map
- Assist Conservation Districts and Cooperative Weed Management Area
- Facilitate Flood Awareness Week
- Assist FEMA Related Floodplain Inventory and Mapping Efforts
- Assist CWSD/NDEP/EPA watershed planning efforts
- Facilitate Stakeholder and Carson River Coalition meetings, collaborations and communication
- Assist with program and grant invoicing, evaluations and reporting
- College degree with a focus and interest in biology, ecology, hydrology, geology, environmental
science, human/public health, watershed management or related field.
- Needs to be cheerful, motivated and outgoing!
- Ability to work independently, collaboratively with other staff, and with a diverse group of government
and non-government stake holders.
- Strong written and oral communication skills; strong computer and organizational skills
- Working knowledge and proven experience with Microsoft Suite including Word, Excel, Publisher and Access.
- Proficient/Active on multiple social media platforms Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram.
- Creative or artistic ability with graphic design aptitude and an eye for layout.
- 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 10 hours a day to perform tours, education events, monitoring and stream side restorations and other field or educational
- Ability to work in the office sitting at a computer station for up to 7 hours a day.
- Readiness to work early in the morning (before 8:00A.M.), in the evening (after 6:00P.M.), and on
various weekends to participate in projects, outreach events, and/or conferences.
- Ability to drive for up to 4 hours a day (on rare occasion) to access partners monitoring sites and
participate in trainings across Carson River Watershed and Sierra Nevada.
- 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.
- Enjoys outreaching to adults and teaching to K through 12th grade.
- Enjoys outdoor recreation.
AmeriCorps members receive a living allowance of $5,740 a $2,215.24 education award upon successful completion of service, and professional development opportunities throughout their term of service. If the member qualifies, they will also receive student loan forbearance and interest payments.
Additional Benefits: Perks of serving as an AmeriCorps Member at the Carson Water Subconservancy institute include:
- Live and work in Carson City, 20 minutes from Tahoe and other abundant recreational opportunities
including skiing and snowboarding, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, and swimming.
- Work with watershed professionals in a great environment to develop professional skills.
- Work closely with other non-profits, government agencies and private environmental contractors.
- Can lead projects, and work with both adult stakeholders and students.
- Get assistance with becoming established in the area (room is provided in Carson City, through
- Garden produce, popcorn and other items occasionally show up in the office!