Do you love the Sierra? Want to help restore and protect the Range of Light, while gaining valuable environmental professional experience? Apply today to become a Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) Half Term AmeriCorps Member working with Eastern Sierra Land Trust!
We are seeking an enthusiastic, conservation-minded individual to commit to 6 months of service to protect Sierra natural resources and sustainable communities by serving as ESLT’s Restoration and Education Coordinator.
During the term, you will gain skills and technical training, work with outstanding environmental leaders, and receive an education award at the successful completion of your service term.
The service term for this position starts on April 13. Interviews will begin soon, so apply today by clicking here!
ESLT has hosted talented SNAP members for 6- and 11-month terms since the program began in 2007. These AmeriCorps members have conducted education and outreach within the region, helping to inform and inspire our communities about land preservation and habitat restoration.
ESLT is a nationally-accredited organization established in 2001 to work with willing landowners and the public to protect vital lands in the Eastern Sierra for their scenic, agricultural, natural, recreational, historical, and watershed values. ESLT has partnered to permanently preserve almost 10,500 acres of prime ranch and farmland, critical habitats, and iconic scenic vistas.
ESLT’s Seasonal AmeriCorps member will lead and collaborate on restoration, education, and outreach projects that connect the public with the wild and working lands of the Eastern Sierra. Restoration and enhancement of preserved lands are a priority for ESLT and will also be a focus area of ESLT’s AmeriCorps member. ESLT’s half term AmeriCorps member will work with our current full-term AmeriCorps member, Sara Kokkelenberg, on a variety of interesting projects with a high level of responsibility and creative freedom.
Responsibilities & Projects:
As ESLT’s Restoration and Education Coordinator, our AmeriCorps member will be involved in community outreach and watershed restoration and enhancement projects, including:
- Planning and implementation of wildlife migration corridor restoration and enhancement project, especially in light of the recent Round Fire that burned 7,000 acres in the wildlife migration corridor.
- Assistance with easement monitoring and land stewardship programs, especially those impacted by the recent Round and Van Dyke fires.
- Design and coordination of habitat restoration projects in the burn area.
- Development and implementation of youth and adult environmental education programs.
- Collaboration with local organizations and other AmeriCorps members in the area.
- Recruitment and management of program related volunteers.
Applicants should possess a high level of energy and passion for ESLT’s preserved lands and the region’s important watersheds. Excellent communication skills, interest in biology and botany, good physical conditioning, and ability to navigate and travel in the outdoors are required qualifications. GIS and map-making knowledge a plus. Tolerance and appreciation for various viewpoints are also necessary for living in a remote rural environment. Sense of humor and team player orientation is always a plus.
- Must be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S.
- Must have a minimum of a High School Diploma or GED (higher education degrees are highly recommended)
- Must be a minimum of 18 years or older
- Must not have a criminal history that precludes the applicant’s ability to serve as an AmeriCorps member
Compensation & Benefits:
- Monthly stipend of $1,254 per month
- Standard health insurance
- Up to 170 hours of technical, ecological and skills-development training throughout the year
- AmeriCorps Education Award of $2,250 will be granted upon completion of the program for use on existing qualified student loans or future higher education expenses
- Other: ESLT staff and board will assist with the assimilation process and introductions to Eastern Sierra living for our AmeriCorps member. Living in a safe and small town surrounded by awe-inspiring scenery and endless outdoor recreational opportunities is a priceless and unequaled benefit!
How to Apply:
- Download the SNAP Member Application Packet with detailed application instructions.
- Fill out the online SNAP Member application by clicking here.
- Email your resume and a one-page cover letter stating your interest in the SNAP Member position and your best qualifications for the position to: . Be sure to title your email subject: “SNAP Application Half Term 2015”.
All submissions are confidential. The Sierra Nevada Alliance and AmeriCorps are equal opportunity employers.
Life in the Eastern Sierra: The ESLT office is located in Bishop, the largest town in Inyo County with a population of 8,000 (there are 18,000 residents in Inyo County). Bishop is in a deep valley, nestled between the majestic Sierra Nevada and the intriguing White-Inyo Mountains. People treasure Bishop and the Eastern Sierra Nevada for many reasons – the awesome vistas, the working farms and ranches, the thriving fish and wildlife – reasons that inspire them to want to protect these values for future generations. Bishop is renowned for its outdoor recreational opportunities and offers access to world class rock climbing, bouldering, backpacking, hiking, trout fishing and skiing in the winter, with Mammoth Mountain Ski Area only 40 minutes away. Bishop also offers quick access to the John Muir Wilderness, Yosemite National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, Sequoia National Park, and Death Valley National Park. The closest large airports are Reno, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, with limited air service out of Mammoth Lakes.