AmeriCorps Recruitment Leader Position Now Open - San Luis Obispo, CA

The Watershed Stewards Program (WSP) is seeking Recruitment Leader applicants for Service Year 26 (October 6th, 2019 – August 14th, 2020)!

Application Due: June 28th, 2019

WSP Program Overview:

For 25 years, WSP has been engaged in comprehensive, community-based, watershed restoration and education throughout coastal California. The primary focus of WSP is to assist communities and organizations with habitat restoration for salmonids (Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon and Steelhead Trout) in order to rehabilitate these threatened and endangered species to healthy and historic populations. Additionally, WSP provides watershed education and outreach in high-needs communities throughout the state, engages WSP Members in volunteer recruitment efforts to increase the capacity and reach of partner organizations, and helps Members develop into the next generation of natural resource professionals.

Each year, WSP places approximately 48 Members with natural resource organization Placement Sites throughout California to work collaboratively for a 10 ½ month service term. Members serve under the guidance and mentorship of resource professionals in collaboration with local landowners, public agencies, and private industry to assess, monitor, and enhance watersheds. WSP’s diverse Placement Sites include federal, state, county, tribal, and non-profit agencies and organizations. Each Placement Site engages one or two Members in all the service activity areas, while each site's overall strategy, emphasis, effort, and timing of service activities vary. For more specific information about each WSP Placement Site, please refer to the WSP website:


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.

Position Overview: The purpose of this new position within WSP is to help diversify recruitment methods and to strengthen the resources provided to WSP Members, Placement Site partners, and alumni. WSP’s Recruitment Leader will work with the WSP team to expand community outreach, build social media presence, and promote the transformational impact of the program.

Recruitment Leader Activities: may include, but are not limited to:

  • Work directly with WSP’s Region II Program Coordinator in San Luis Obispo to diversify WSP’s recruitment methods and materials.
  • Develop marketing materials using video, audio, digital content.
  • Build and maintain the WSP’s social media presence.
  • Create additional outreach materials (brochures, info pamphlets, etc.).
  • Assist with photo and video documentation at WSP events.
  • Plan for, attend and host recruitment events.
  • Expand recruitment and community outreach through presentations at colleges, career fairs, and at CCC centers.
  • Create outreach presentations using software such as Illustrator, Publisher, and PowerPoint.
  • Conduct a Capacity Needs Assessment and develop a program-specific action plan to diagnose and treat the capacity building needs of the program.
  • Develop ways to build and appreciate partnerships.
  • Communicate with other AmeriCorps programs in California to help define affordable housing and cost-saving resources for AmeriCorps Members.
  • Be well-versed on the purpose of the program and its recruitment timelines.
  • Track and maintain data regarding progress towards achieving project outcomes.
  • Develop strategies to deepening WSP’s recruitment efforts to diversify the WSP applicant pool, including outreach efforts to potential applicants in underrepresented minority groups.

Member Development:

The Recruitment Leader will participate in all required WSP trainings and meetings including a week-long orientation, a three-day regional training, weekly team conference calls, WSP Member Retreat, and the WSP Member Recognition Ceremony. Training topics will include but are not limited to Wilderness First Aid/CPR, Swift-water Safety, and professional development. Other trainings will be available based on Member’s interests.

Qualifications for Applicants:

  • 21+ and a High school diploma
  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field or a minimum of two years relevant job experience
  • Possess or be willing to obtain a California Driver's License
  • Clean driving record (no more than 2 points)
  • US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien


Preferred Skills and Qualities for Members:

  • Effective communication skills, outgoing personality
  • Public speaking/media experience
  • Digital design and photography experience
  • Outreach and recruitment experience
  • Willingness to relocate to San Luis Obispo and travel across the state as needed


Benefits Include:

  • Opportunity to make a difference in a Californian community
  • A monthly living stipend: $1,999
  • An Education Award of approximately $6,095 upon successful completion of service term
  • Hands-on training opportunities
  • Uniform and field gear provided
  • Opportunities to see some of the most beautiful places in California
  • Mentorship from WSP staff
  • No-cost medical insurance
  • Student loan forbearance on eligible loans

How to Apply to WSP:


Contact Information:

If you have any questions about WSP or how to apply, please contact Jody Weseman at or call (805) 542-8461.

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