Ask Your Federal Elected Official to Keep AmeriCorps Fully Funded!
The federal AmeriCorps program provides partial funding for the Alliance's SNAP Program; and allows the program to exisit. Since 2007, AmeriCorps Members through
- Restored more than 12,000 acres of Sierra watersheds
- Educated more than 150,000 students and community members on Sierra watershed issues
- Leveraged the support of more than 22,000 volunteers
- Contributed more than 300,000 service hours!
The House Appropriations Committee passed the fiscal year (FY) 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill including provisions to defund and decrease funding for AmeriCorps programs. Read more here.
How you can help:
Please use this letter template, customize it as you see fit, and send to your elected officials.
Use this link to find your elected officials.
Events and Activities
Sierra Water Workgroup 2015 Workshop!!!
This year’s SWWG event is a full-day workshop focused on issues and tools around the theme “Protecting Our Water.”
The conference will frame questions about addressing watershed issues with specific tools and actions, including timelines and assignments, as well as expert panel discussions.
Date: August 10, 2015
Place: North Tahoe Event Center, Kings Beach
Please see the draft agenda here , and
for more information, please visit the SWWG website.
SF Workshop: Campus-Community Partnerships for Advancing Sustainability!
This U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sponsored workshop is designed to introduce universities and communities to EPA tools for advancing sustainability, and to a successful Campus-Community Sustainability Partnership (CCSP) model. The long-term objective is to establish partnerships that help communities become more sustainable and resilient, build capacity, and provide university students with real-world experience.
Date: Thursday, July 13, 2015 @ 8:00am-5:00pm
Place: San Francisco State University
To register, click here
For more information, click here for the flyer!
Water, Trees, and Forest Management
N & S California SAF Summer Meeting!!
This year's Society of American Foresters Northern and Southern California summer meeting will focus on water, trees and forest management.
Date: August 21-22, 2015
Place: Holiday Inn, Auburn, CA
To register: click here!
Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities
3 Associate Governmental Program Analyst Positions - Sierra Nevada Conservancy!
The Sierra Nevada Conservancy seeks 3 analysts, in Placer, Lassen, and Mariposa counties.
For questions or additional information please contact Jennifer Barnes!
Development Director with the MAP!
Mountain Area Preservation seeks a full-time Development Director in their Truckee, CA office.
Job description and application info here.
Water Conservation Program Manager!
Tuolumne County Resource Conservation District is seeking an experienced individual to implement a multi-year, Regional Water Conservation Program.
Job description and application info here.
Public Policy Institute of California: Groundwater Management Fact Sheet
Groundwater is a vital component of California’s water supply. Check out this informative page on Groundwater Management!.
Fulbright Grant Opportunities with the US Department of State!
The Fulbright Program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide and has provided approximately 310,000 participants with the opportunity to study, teach, or conduct research and exchange ideas. Approximately 8,000 competitive, merit-based grants are awarded annually.
Visit this website for more information, to search programs by country, or to apply for grants as a student, scholar, teacher, or a professional!
S.N.A.P. Members 2015!!!
Do you love the Sierra?
Want to help restore and protect the Range of Light?
Do you want to gain valuable environmental professional experience?
Apply to become one of the 28 Members of the 2015-2016 Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP)!
SNAP is celebrating the 10th year of our program in 2015 - 2016!
We are seeking enthusiastic, conservation-minded people to commit to a year of service to protect Sierra natural resources and sustainable communities. During the year, SNAP members will gain skills and technical training, mentor with outstanding environmental leaders and receive an education award at the successful completion of service.
Deadline for applying is July 25, 2015. Interviews will begin in early August.
Since 2007, more than 150 SNAP Members have served at 32 Sierra conservation organizations and agencies to restore more than 12,000 acres of habitat, monitor more than 1,000 ecological sites, educate more than 145,000 people and recruit more than 22,000 community volunteers to serve their local Sierra watersheds.
2015 S.N.A.P. Members hard at work!!
Responsibilities & Projects:
-Members will serve full-time, from October 15, 2015 – September 15, 2016.
-Projects & responsibilities will vary depending on service positions but, will be based on watershed restoration and assessment, watershed education and outreach, and volunteer recruitment and management.
-For more detailed service descriptions, including Position Descriptions and Service Plans, please click here.
Compensation and Benefits:
-Monthly stipend of $1,254 per month
-Standard health insurance
-Up to 340 hours of technical, ecological and skills-development training throughout the year.
-AmeriCorps Education Award of $5,550 will be granted upon completion of the program for use on existing qualified student loans or future higher education expenses.
2015 S.N.A.P. Members in the field!!
How to Apply:
1. Check out the 2015-16 SNAP Position Descriptions and Service Plans by clicking here.
2. Fill out the online SNAP Member application by clicking here. (You can download a sample of the SNAP application here for reference, but you must fill it out via the online application.)
3. 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 Lynn. Be sure to title your email subject: “SNAP Application 2015 – 2016”.
Deadline to Apply: July 25, 2015!
AmeriCorps is a network of local, state, and national service programs that connect more than 70,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet our country’s critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. AmeriCorps members serve with more than 2,000 nonprofits, public agencies, and faith-based and community organizations.
For more information please contact: Lynn Baumgartner, Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership Program Director: 530-542-4546 x 705
or click here to visit the Join S.N.A.P page.
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