Trout Unlimited Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership-Sierra Field Technician

Trout Unlimited Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership-Sierra Field Technician

Sierra Nevada Alliance
S. Lake Tahoe Office Cowork Tahoe 3079 Harrison Ave South Lake Tahoe,
(530) 542-4546
About Sierra Nevada Alliance

Position Title: Sierra Field Technician

Job Type: AmeriCorps

Salary Details: $2,318 Monthly stipend plus $4826.5 education award

Deadline: Open until filled no later than 2/1/2023

Required Experience: 0-1 years

Location: Truckee, CA

Number of Positions: 1

General Job Description:

Each year, the Sierra Nevada Alliance places 32 AmeriCorps members with partner conservation organizations throughout the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California. During their terms of service, members restore and monitor impaired Sierra watersheds, educate local residents and visitors on environmental issues, and recruit and manage volunteers for a variety of programs. SNAP members gain skills and technical training, are mentored by outstanding environmental leaders, and provide a meaningful contribution to the communities of the Sierra Nevada.

Host Site Description:

Trout Unlimited (TU) is North America’s leading coldwater fisheries conservation organization. TU’s vision is that, by the next generation, trout and salmon will be restored throughout their native range. To accomplish this vision, TU works to protect, reconnect, and restore fish habitat and then sustain this work by building a diverse movement of businesses, people, and communities to support saving trout, salmon, and steelhead. The organization has more than 170,000 members in 400 chapters across America, including more than 14,000 in California. 

Position Description:

Are you interested in working for Trout Unlimited in Truckee, CA? TU and the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps partnership is excited to host a 3/4 term AmeriCorps position out of our Truckee office to lead outreach and coldwater conservation work that benefits wild and native trout in the Sierras. Specifically, we are interested in those with experience working with fly fishing/sportsmen and women’s groups, clubs, and individuals. This is important to being able to successfully carry out the projects you will be tasked with during your term.   Members will serve full-time, from February until September 30th 2023. This position will aid with projects with an emphasis on angler outreach, volunteer management, angling initiatives, angling surveys, e-fishing surveys, youth education and stream restoration. SNAP 2022-23 Position Description Additionally, TU is looking for help organizing our existing members and bringing in new volunteers for our smaller scale restoration projects, particularly in the Truckee River watershed and Eastern Sierra. You will have the opportunity to make connections and pursue your own projects within the fishing and conservation world. This AmeriCorps position will report to our California Inland Trout Program Director and work directly with our Northern Sierra Project Manager and Desert Terminal Lakes Project Coordinator.

  • The full position descriptions for this and other positions are available on our: website

Service Commitment:

February 1st – September 30th, 2023. Members make an 8-month, full-time commitment to serve a nonprofit organization or public agency in the Sierra Nevada.


SNAP Program general requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S. High School Diploma or GED
  • Must be a minimum of 18 years or older
  • Must not have a criminal history that results in the applicant’s inability to serve as an AmeriCorps member
  • Must not have been released for cause from a previous AmeriCorps term of service
  • Must have not served more than 3 previous AmeriCorps terms of service

Site-Specific Training Provided:

  • Stream monitoring and inventorying techniques such as SCI, SWAMP, Snorkel Surveys, etc.
  • Volunteer and member outreach and databasing
  • Social Media and communications

Things to Note: Example Tasks

  • Work with the seven regional grassroots chapters (Sac‐Sierra, Sagebrush, Truckee and Feather River, El Dorado, Eastern Sierra and Sierra Trinity Cascades) and provide them aid with projects, events, and outreach ideas
  • Help lead angling initiatives that will help protect California’s wild trout fisheries
  • Assist in field work in and around the Sierras
  • Help plan and execute the Sierra Trout Camp, our flagship youth education program in California
  • Serve as a field aid on our project to enhance instream flows through the Truckee River Operating Agreement
  • Provide monitoring both before and after stream restoration projects
  • Data entry and analysis
  • Utilized and integrate social media platforms in our organizing, media, and communications work
  • Help TU staff manage and coordinate a volunteer labor force to complete small scale restoration work
  • Find time to fish and get familiar with TU’s work in the Sierra Watershed’s watershed. Free California Fishing licenses provided to TU SNAP positions.
  • Help execute and develop outreach programs for Trout Unlimited throughout the Sierras
  • Work with staff between multiple programs in California and help advance programmatic work

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree or equivalent professional experience.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, leadership skills and able to work with a wide range of partners.
  • Fishing experience and experience connecting with the sportsmen/ women’s community
  • Ability to work independently as a self‐starter.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Willingness and ability to travel.
  • Knowledge of California and critical cold water conservation issues.
  • Experience developing winning conservation strategies or similar campaigns a plus.
  • Experience with grant‐writing and other fundraising a plus.
  • A valid driver’s license
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Ability to hike ~10 miles
  • Professional experience in areas such as: natural resource management, volunteer coordination, private and public fundraising, public outreach, media, campaign advocacy, knowledge of cold water ecosystems and trout a plus.
  • Sense of humor; passion for conservation, and knowledge of TU are all preferred.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Monthly stipend of $2,318 per month
  • Standard health, dental, vision insurance
  • Up to 240 hours of technical, ecological, and skills-development training
  • AmeriCorps members that successfully complete a full-time 1200 hour service term will earn a $4826.5 Segal Educational Award for use on existing qualified student loans or future higher education expenses


To apply:

  • Fill out the SNAP online application here.
  • 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 Rebecca Williams at:

Questions? Find answers in our SNAP FAQs or email

Application period open until positions are filled!

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