Education and Outreach Specialist
The Education and Outreach Specialist will be a part of the largest Earth Day event in Southwest Washington, Make a Difference Day, Stream Stewards, and various volunteer-driven restoration events. Outreach is the core of our StreamTeam Program. By increasing awareness of the issues facing our environment, we can promote community involvement in restoration.
Duties may include: implementing educational activities, teaching the water cycle and other environmental topics to 4th and 5th grade students, facilitating educational workshops for adults, helping organize StreamTeam’s county wide Earth Day Festival , writing newsletter articles, and implementing watershed restoration. This position will serve closely with the StreamTeam Program Coordinator to implement outreach and volunteer activities, with many activities occurring on Saturdays. Approximately 10-30% of time will be spent in the field. This position is a great opportunity for someone interested in education, community outreach, and restoration.
Restoration Event Coordinator
The Restoration Events Coordinator will assist in planning and executing restoration throughout the year and educating the community through the largest Earth Day event in Southwest Washington, a unique environmentally-themed Home & Garden Idea Fair display, and our Make a Difference Day celebration, as well as numerous other community events. This position will involve restoration techniques ranging from planting and maintaining trees to controlling non-native plants, and, in turn, leading volunteers in these activities, many of which occur on Saturdays. Additionally, the member will train volunteers to be team leads on our planting projects.
The member will engage in a variety of the following: restoration event planning and implementation, site preparation, volunteer recruitment, newsletter preparation, educational outreach, and volunteer database maintenance. Approximately 40-60% of time will be spent in the field fulfilling watershed restoration projects and controlling non-native plants. This position is a great opportunity for someone interested in restoration and volunteer coordination.
The Nursery Specialist focuses on restoration activities in the Salmon Creek and Lewis River watersheds, spending approximately 65-75% of the time on activities related to planting and maintaining native trees and providing logistical support for volunteers, contract and inmate crews for ongoing restoration projects. This includes leading volunteers and facilitating educational activities. The nursery portion comprises 25 – 35% of the members time.
The Nursery Specialist supports a native plant nursery operation that provides plant material for watershed enhancement projects throughout the region. The specialist assists with all aspects of the operation, including potting, quality control, irrigation, organization, planning and pest and disease monitoring. The goal is to help provide high quality plants for the program’s restoration activities in the most efficient manner possible and to provide high quality demonstration plants for native plant showcases, including the Home and Garden Idea Fair. This position is a great opportunity for someone interested in native plants and their propagation.
The Monitoring Specialist focuses on restoration activities in the Salmon Creek and Lewis River watersheds, spending approximately 65-75% of the time on activities related to planting and maintaining native trees and providing logistical support for volunteers, contract and inmate crews for ongoing restoration projects. This includes leading volunteers and facilitating educational activities. The monitoring portion comprises 25 – 35% of the members time. The Monitoring Specialist mission is to better understand the efficacy of implemented restoration activities as well as and to engage volunteers in an interactive study of environmental health.
Duties include: monitoring parameters (survivability, invasive species, wildlife, and water quality) at restoration sites. The specialist assists with data collection and analysis, and helps to ensure the quality of the data. The specialist will also train volunteers to conduct data collection on a seasonal basis by familiarizing them with the procedures and process. This position is a great opportunity for someone interested in the techniques and efficacy of riparian restoration.
Invasive Species Technician
The Invasive Species Technician will support the Utilities’ Eradication Nation program. This program is focused on controlling Japanese knotweed and other invasive plants in the Salmon Creek watershed. The member will assist with invasive plant survey and treatment activities, community outreach efforts, and volunteer recruitment and management. The member will also obtain a WSDA Pesticide Applicator license. Specific activities include:
- Conduct invasive plant surveys using GPS technology
- Conduct treatment activities using IPM (Integrated Pest Management) strategies, including the application of herbicide
- Facilitate survey, treatment and monitoring volunteer events
- Assist with post treatment and monitoring activities
The Restoration Specialist will assist primarily with the Utilities’ watershed enhancement program to support riparian restoration efforts. The overall expectation is to assist environmental resources staff, student employees and other AmeriCorps members to contribute to the successful implementation of all aspects of the program, including project preparation, logistics, implementation and maintenance. This position will involve planning and executing day to day field operations. Seasonal needs and project priorities will dictate particular duties any given week. Providing technical assistance and direction for contract crews is an integral part of this position. The watershed restoration objectives this position will support include: site prep (invasive removal), planting, maintenance, native plant nursery support and tools/equipment management. Approximately 70 – 90% of time will be spent in the field. The remainder of the time will be spent supporting other program volunteer and outreach objectives. See StreamTeam.net for more details.