The Watershed Stewards Program (WSP) is seeking Team Leader applicants for Service Year 24 (October 1st, 2017 – August 10th, 2018)!

The Watershed Stewards Program (WSP) is seeking Team Leader applicants for Service Year 24

(October 1st, 2017 – August 10th, 2018)!

Application Due: July 31st, 2017


Join a team of 48 committed individuals throughout California passionate about watershed protection, community outreach and education, and restoration projects! Spend 10 ½ months leading and supporting your peers and assisting with education, outreach and volunteer events.


The Watershed Stewards Program (WSP) is seeking four Team Leaders to assist with the training and coordination of education, outreach, and volunteer events for WSP Members in a given region of California. Each Team Leader provides support and leadership to WSP Members in their district (about 12-15 Members) and assists WSP staff with event and program coordination. Additionally, Team Leaders model best practices and support networking among Members, building capacity and community across sites. WSP’s Team Leaders are integral Members of the support team and are central to developing the Members’ experience.


Two Team Leader positions are available in each of WSP’s two Offices: in Fortuna, CA and San Luis Obispo, CA.


WSP Program Overview:

For 23 years, the Watershed Stewards Program (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 their 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 between one and three Members in all the service activity areas, while each Site's overall strategy, emphasis, effort, and timing of service activities varies. 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.


During their service, Team Leaders participate in a wide array of activities, including:

  • Supporting Members while they recruit volunteers and plan events.
  • Attending all volunteer events created by Members in their district.
  • Supporting Members while they teach the Wonders of Watershed curriculum.
  • Assisting WSP staff in planning WSP trainings and events.
  • Organizing outreach events for Members.
  • Teaching the Wonders of Watersheds (WOW!) curriculum in elementary schools.
  • Creating and implementing their own Watershed Project, and recruiting 30 community volunteers.
  • Training and professional development opportunities.
  • Maintaining accounts and creating content for our social media platforms: YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn
  • Managing our WSP webpage and creating videos to market the program



Qualifications Member Applicants:

  • 21+
  • High school diploma
  • 25 credits of college-level science OR 6 months of relevant experience in fisheries/habitat restoration, invasive removal, instream structure installation, etc.
  • Interest and experience in natural resources management and environmental education.
  • 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 Team Leaders:

  • Interest in serving in a California community.
  • Some experience in a leadership role and willingness to travel.
  • Excellent communication skills and outgoing personality.
  • Highly organized.
  • Event planning experience.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite and social media.


  • Opportunity to make a difference in a California community.
  • A monthly living stipend: $1,700
  • A $5,815 Education Award upon successful completion of the 10 ½ month service term
  • Hands-on training opportunities
  • Uniform and field gear provided
  • Opportunities to see some of the most beautiful places in California
  • No-cost medical insurance
  • Student loan forbearance on eligible loans
  • Valuable work experience and networking opportunities for your future



How to Apply to WSP:

  • Watch the Recruitment Video at
  • Send the following to by July 31st:
    • Year 24 WSP Application, available under the MEMBER APPLICANTS tab on the WSP website
    • Cover letter
    • One-page resume
    • Two signed letters of recommendation (can be submitted on your behalf) to email above


Contact Information:

If you have any questions about the Watershed Stewards Program or how to apply, please contact the WSP Recruiters, Jody Weseman (805) 542-8461 or Zia Schatz (707)725-8601.



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