AmeriCorps: Education, Outreach, and Monitoring Assistant

  • Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group
  • Jul 22, 2022
Temporary Admin Assistant/Environmental Support Communication - Public Outreach Conservation/ Natural Resources Environmental Education - Interpretation Fisheries - Marine Science - Aquatic Biology Watershed - Stormwater - Wastewater Wildlife - Endangered Species - Biodiversity

Job Description

Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group (MCFEG) is looking for an energetic individual to fill a Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) Individual Placement opening.

This AmeriCorps position is ideal for an outgoing, organized, detail-oriented and independently motivated person with experience working with the public and a passion for the outdoors and environmental education. The Education, Outreach, and Monitoring Assistant will have a variety of responsibilities during the 11-month service term with Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group. Project responsibilities will include coordinating volunteer work parties and outreach events, assisting with in-class and field based educational experiences, serving alongside the seasonal restoration crew, assisting with project planning and implementation, assisting with the summer internship program, monitoring the success of previous restoration projects, and clerical and logistical support.

Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring wild salmonid populations and their habitats through restoration, protection, education, and community involvement throughout our region. Mid-Columbia Fisheries is part of a statewide network of Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups working to restore and protect fish populations and habitat. Mid-Columbia Fisheries is a non-profit (501c3) organization governed by a volunteer board of directors. We sponsor and implement priority restoration, fish passage, and habitat protection projects throughout our region. We provide educational and community outreach programs that promote the long-term commitment our society needs to protect fisheries resources. Mid-Columbia Fisheries works throughout south-central Washington with communities along tributaries to the Columbia River, including the Yakima River, the Klickitat River, the White Salmon River, and the Wind River.

This is an 11-month AmeriCorps position starting Oct. 3, 2022, and ending Sept. 8, 2023.

Members are expected to serve 40 hours over four or five days each week. The typical work week may involve working Saturdays and occasional evenings to coordinate volunteer and community outreach events. 

Position Responsibilities

  • Adopt-a-Stream coordination – duties include recruiting new groups and coordinating
    the work of existing groups to conduct semi-annual stream clean-ups.

  • Office assistance – duties include assisting with permitting, restoration planting design, planning field work, managing data, creating maps, updating social media and websites, and supporting day-to-day operations of Mid-Columbia Fisheries.

  • Field projects – duties may include planting native plants, controlling invasive and
    non-native weeds, monitoring vegetation, supporting large wood replenishment projects, constructing fences, and conducting stream surveys.

  • Volunteer management – organize and host volunteer work events. Duties consist of
    recruiting community volunteers, coordinating site preparation, coordinating logistics
    and supplies, outreach to volunteers about safety, riparian ecology, and the importance
    of their contributions, and site clean-up after events. 

  • Education and Outreach – attending conservation events and performing outreach and education to people of all ages about salmon, steelhead and bull trout; helping to develop and facilitate digital outreach programs, and assisting with field trips, classroom lessons, and salmon dissections. 

Required Qualifications

  • Applicants must be eligible for AmeriCorps, and be able to submit documentation of one of the following citizenship statuses: U.S. Citizen, National, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien. Learn more about AmeriCorps eligibility on the WCC website.

    • Applicants must be between the age of 18-25 on their first day of service (age restrictions are based on legislative mandate, and do not apply to those who have served or are serving in the military or those with a mental or sensory disability).

    •  Per legislative mandate, priority will be given to Washington state residents.

  • A valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and the ability to safely drive agency vehicles.

  • Ability to pass a national service criminal history check.

  • Demonstrated experience working with and speaking to the public.

  • Experience in or passion for environmental education, ecology, and/or fisheries conservation

  • Ability to serve outside in all types of weather and capable of repeatedly lifting 50 lbs into and out of trucks and walking 3 miles daily over steep or uneven terrain

  • Impeccably detail oriented with great organizational skills

  • Self motivated and able to independently manage a schedule and complete tasks with limited supervision 

  • Friendly, outgoing demeanor and ability to work well alone and in a team

  • Proficiency with MS and Google Suite, including Excel

  • Experience with data entry, organization, and assessment

  • A can-do attitude and willingness to be flexible and learn new skills

Desired Qualifications

  • A college degree in the biological or environmental field is preferred, but not required.

  • Experience navigating to remote field locations using GIS and topographic maps

  • Working knowledge of the ecology of Central Washington

  • Familiarity with fish habitat and vegetation survey methods

  • Experience using hand-held data devices and a digital camera to collect GPS and habitat data.

Benefits and Compensation: 

In addition to a $2506/ month stipend, AmeriCorps members in the Washington Conservation Corps Individual Placement Program are eligible for 

  • Student Loan Forbearance and Accrued Interest Payment

  • An education award of $6495 at the end of your service term

  • Health Care

 

Link to position description on the WCC Website

How to Apply: 

Submit online application via the WCC website (select this position on application).

Email resume and cover letter to Tori Wood: education@midcolumbiafisheries.org.

***Priority Deadline is August 15th***

Job Level

Entry-level, Volunteer

Sector

Nonprofit- NGO

Salary

$2506/ month stipend