AmeriCorps Team Leader

Watershed Stewards Program

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

The Watershed Stewards Program (WSP) Team Leaders 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.

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

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

  • Use of Excel to manage Education Program information.
  • Assist Members in organizing their Wonders of Watersheds (WOW!) educational series by contacting teachers and helping coordinate classroom visits. Assist and support Members in curriculum implementation and classroom management as requested.
  • Maintain WSP’s educational materials and oversee the Member check-out system.
  • Work in partnership with the California Conservation Corps on a series of educational presentations for CCC Corps Members.
  • Teach at least six one-hour WOW! Lessons to at least 25 students.
  • Field-test new WOW! curriculum.

Outreach Coordination and Support:

  • Create the Tributary Tribune, a quarterly newsletter for WSP.
  • Help to create outreach presentations using software such as Illustrator, Publisher, and PowerPoint.
  • Serve as a Member representative to the WSP Advisory Committee by attending semi-annual meetings, and presenting position-specific program updates.
  • Help to maintain WSP’s social media presence.
  • Organize and track Member activities during National Service Days.
  • Represent WSP to the community and media, as necessary.

Volunteer Recruitment Coordination and Support:

  • Attend and support in all Watershed Awareness Projects (WAP) within the Team Leader’s specific district. This includes driving to the event in a state vehicle, transporting necessary tools, and being present at the event as a WSP representative. These events often occur on weekends.
  • Support Members in WAP development, including volunteer recruitment, media outreach, completion of the necessary paperwork, reviewing safety materials, and general check-in prior to the event.
  • Organize their own Watershed Awareness Project and recruit a minimum of 30 community volunteers.
  • Participate in local service and network with volunteer agencies as a WSP representative.

Member/Program Support:

  • Collaborate with fellow Team Leaders, CCC corpsmembers, WSP Members, and CCC and WSP Staff.
  • Maintain regular communication with WSP Members in the specified district (12-15 Members).
  • Assist WSP staff in planning WSP trainings and events.
  • Assist with photo and video documentation at all WSP events.

Qualifications for 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:

  • Willingness and desire to learn
  • Effective communication skills
  • Flexibility
  • A good basis of relative skills and experiences
  • Willingness to relocate to Placement Site community

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 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
  • Mentorship from a natural resources professional and networking opportunities
  • No-cost medical insurance
  • Student loan forbearance on eligible loans
  • Valuable work experience for your future


Click on the applicant tab on the WSP website

Watch the Recruitment Video at

Send the following to by June 28th, 2019:

    • Year 26 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 specified email.

Contact Information:

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

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