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Watershed Stewards Program - Team Leader Region II

  • Americorps Watershed Stewards Program
  • 08/01/22
  • San Luis Obispo, CA
  • 93401
  • 2728 / Monthly
  • Full-Time
Join the Watershed Stewards Programs (WSP) 29th program year (October 2nd, 2022 - August 17th, 2023) and help improve watershed health by actively engaging in restoration science, civic service, and community education while empowering the next generation of environmental stewards!

WSP Team Leaders (TLs) serve at one of WSPs main offices, in either Fortuna or San Luis Obispo, for 40+ hours/week with one of the WSP Program Coordinators (PCs) as their Mentor.

TLs assist and support 9-10 WSP Corpsmembers (CMs) doing watershed recovery, environmental education, restoration project planning and volunteer recruitment at the Placement Sites within one of four geographic districts, which range from Northern to Southern California. While TLs do not supervise CMs and are CMs themselves, they model best practices and provide peer guidance to CMs serving within their District, as well as support networking among other CMs to build capacity and community across Placement Sites.

TLs are also required to complete the same Education & Outreach, Volunteer Recruitment, and Professional Development components as CMs. TLs are integral members of the WSP team who are central to CMs experiences and invaluable to WSP staff efforts in program coordination, event planning, grant research and reporting, education materials and gear inventory/ maintenance, community outreach, and other administrative tasks.

Previous service with WSP is not required to be a Team Leader; first- and second-year applicants are welcome.

The specific responsibilities will differ depending on individual assignments and the Team Leaders interests/strengths, but the main duties include:

Wonders of Watersheds (WOW!) Education Coordination and Support:

Teach at least five 80-minute WOW! lessons in a 2nd-6th grade classroom (in-person or virtual), with opportunities to do additional environmental education.
Assist and support Corpsmembers in WOW! curriculum implementation and classroom management, as requested.
Maintain WSPs educational materials and oversee the check-out system for supplies.
Track education data for grant reporting.
Work in partnership with the California Conservation Corps to teach educational presentations for traditional CCC Corpsmembers.
Community Outreach Coordination and Support:
Create outreach materials (graphics, videos, posters, etc.) using software such as Adobe Premiere, Microsoft 365, Canva, etc.
Collect, edit, and organize Corpsmembers' submissions for various program-wide outreach efforts.
Assist Corpsmembers in finding volunteer opportunities for National Service Days.
Serve as a representative to the WSP Advisory Committee by attending annual meetings and presenting position-specific program updates.
Actively seek and coordinate new community outreach opportunities throughout the program year, with special emphasis on targeting underserved populations.

Volunteer Recruitment Coordination and Support:

Plan and implement a Watershed Awareness Volunteer Event (WAVEs) and recruit a minimum of 30 community volunteers for a hands-on watershed restoration project.
Attend and logistically support all WAVEs within the Team Leaders specific district. This includes driving to the events in a state vehicle, transporting necessary tools, and being present at the event as a WSP representative.
These events often occur on weekends and may require reimbursed overnight travel.
Support Corpsmembers in WAVE development, including project development, volunteer recruitment, media outreach, completion of the necessary paperwork, reviewing safety materials, and general preparation prior to the event.
Track volunteer data for grant reporting.
Corpsmember/ Program Support:
Maintain regular communication with Corpsmembers in their specified district to assist them in navigating program requirements and serve as an example for punctuality, organization, and professionalism.
Host monthly Zoom check-in calls for their Districts CMs to help build community within WSP.
Assist WSP staff with program coordination, event planning, grant research and reporting, education materials and gear inventory/maintenance, community outreach, and other administrative tasks.
Use Excel to track education program and volunteer data.
Lead components of WSP trainings and webinars such as team building and sharing their expertise as a peer leader.
Assist with photo and video documentation at WSP events.

Professional Development (5% of TLs time)

All CMs/ TLs participate in both WSP-sponsored and site-specific trainings which may vary slightly each year. Examples of WSP trainings include Wilderness First Aid/CPR, Swiftwater Training, Government Vehicle Training, attendance at professional conferences of their choosing, and more. TLs, unlike other CMs, also each have the opportunity to use a modest training budget ($200) on a professional development opportunity of their choice.

Qualifications for TL Applicants:
Between the ages of 18-32, exceptions possible
High school diploma
U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien
Possess or willing to obtain a California Drivers License with a clean driving record - No more than 2 points on CA drivers record
Interest in environmental education and volunteer management
Willing and able to relocate to Placement Site community - relocation expenses are not provided

TL Benefits:
A monthly living stipend of $2,728
TLs that successfully complete a Full-time 1700-hour service term will be eligible to receive the following education awards:
o Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of up to $6,495
o California for All Award of $3,505
Jump start your career as natural resource professionals with mentorship from WSP staff and gain invaluable experience in environmental project planning and management.
No-cost basic medical insurance
Student loan forbearance on eligible loans
Uniform and field gear provided
Opportunities to train at other WSP sites
Hands-on training and exceptional networking opportunities
Childcare subsidy if Corpsmember meets eligibility requirements
Engage in meaningful work restoring and protecting Californias watersheds.

COVID Considerations:
TLs generally serve in person at their Placement Sites office but may need to teleserve from home or another public location if COVID precautions warrant. WSP highly encourages all CMs to fully vaccinate but does not require it currently. CMs are required to attend all WSP trainings in person, virtual options are not available.

How to Apply to WSP:

Watch the Informational Video at
Send the following to by August 31st
o Year 29 WSP Application or 2nd Year Application if you have already served one year with WSP
o One-Page Resum - no need to include references
o One letter of recommendation - may be submitted on your behalf or by applicant

WSP Contact Information:
If you have any questions about the Watershed Stewards Program or how to apply, please contact the WSP Recruiters at or call Program Coordinator Jason Lopiccolo (707) 298-5195.

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 represent the racial, gender, cultural, and socio-economic diversity of American society.

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