TITLE: AmeriCorps Member, River Assessment and Restoration Assistant

LOCATION: Nevada City, CA 



American Rivers believes that a future of clean water and healthy rivers for everyone, everywhere is essential. Since 1973, we have protected wild rivers, restored damaged rivers and conserved clean water for people and nature. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., and 300,000 members, supporters and volunteers across the country, we are one of the most trusted and influential river conservation organizations in the United States, delivering solutions for a better future. Because life needs rivers. For more information, please visit www.americanrivers.org.

At American Rivers, we embrace and celebrate diversity, equity, and inclusion in all that we do. Rivers Connect Us is more than just our tagline. The beauty of rivers is that they connect all people and communities. We seek to build and embody this diversity in our organization and throughout the conservation field. The life experiences, knowledge, innovation, and talent that each individual brings to our work provides perspectives and competencies which are critical to our effectiveness in protecting wild rivers, restoring damaged rivers, and conserving clean water for people and nature.


Since 1993, the Sierra Nevada Alliance has been protecting and restoring Sierra Nevada lands, water, wildlife, and communities. The Sierra Nevada Alliance implements the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP). Each year, the Alliance places 28 SNAP members with partner conservation organizations throughout the Sierra Nevada. Since 2007, the SNAP Program has restored more than 19,000 watershed acres, monitored more than 1,700 sites, educated more than 250,000 individuals, recruited more than 43,000 volunteers, and contributed more than 650,000 hours of service.


The Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) is seeking enthusiastic, conservation-minded people to commit to 11 months of service, protecting Sierra natural resources and working to create sustainable communities, including one individual to be placed with American Rivers as the River Assessment and Restoration Assistant AmeriCorps Member. During the term, the SNAP member placed at American Rivers will gain skills and technical training, receive mentorship with outstanding environmental leaders, and receive an education award at the successful completion of service.

The River Assessment and Restoration Assistant will work primarily with American Rivers’ California headwaters team on a variety of watershed restoration, protection, and outreach projects in the Sierra Nevada. Specifically, the team’s meadow restoration projects are at multiple stages of implementation, from initial assessment and prioritization to construction, and the AmeriCorps member will assist with and gain exposure to each phase of restoration. The AmeriCorps member will be involved in monitoring, design and outreach, as well as strategies for scaling up this work so the technologies are broadly adopted in the Sierra region. The team’s forest health work involves forest road management and fuel reduction. The member will help to determine priority sites for road repairs and decommissioning to reduce road-related erosion that impacts the local watershed. The member will also assist with monitoring of our forest thinning and prescribed burning projects. The AmeriCorps member will have the opportunity to work with regional and national staff to develop outreach materials specific to river and watershed conservation in California.


  • Conduct monitoring at meadow restoration and forest health projects across the Sierra Nevada
  • Assist with data management, entry, and analysis
  • Design maps and perform analyses in GIS
  • Assist with developing outreach and communication materials for the American Rivers website
  • Lead education and outreach events about the California Headwaters Program’s projects and restoration work


  • Study or interest in river science
  • S./B.A. in environmental sciences, natural resources/planning, geomorphology, or related field OR one year’s experience in natural resource restoration
  • Experience in field studies and stream sampling
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Interest in social networking, blogging, and web communication
  • Knowledge of GIS software
  • Interest in/ability to participate in multi-day trips in the field, including camping


  • A taxed $2,318.18 monthly living allowance
  • Standard health insurance
  • A $10,000 education award to pay educational expenses at eligible post-secondary institutions, including many technical schools and G.I. Bill approved programs, or to repay qualified student loans
  • Qualified student loans can be deferred during year of service. AmeriCorps will pay for the accrued student loan interest (on qualified loans).


This position is employed by the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) through the Sierra Nevada Alliance; this position is not employed by American Rivers.

1.      Read about the SNAP Program application process here: https://sierranevadaalliance.org/join-snap/ 2.     Download the SNAP Member Application Packet with detailed application instructions here: https://sierranevadaalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/SNAP-Member-Application-Packet-2022-23.pdf 3.     Fill out the online SNAP Member application at this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScsj2jr2usFSGa3CXU6zv0-YGfQ5ORwZZW_jOmJHOzu90yS5w/viewform 4.     Email your resume and a 1-page cover letter stating your interest in the SNAP Member position and your best qualifications for the position to seth@sierranevadaalliance.org

Deadline to Apply: August 19, 2022


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All submissions are confidential. The Sierra Nevada Alliance and AmeriCorps are equal opportunity employers.