Gain experience in organizing and communications at a successful non-profit working to protect and restore the Tuolumne River. The Tuolumne River Trust is interviewing for an intern in our San Francisco office to provide support for our 7th annual Paddle to the Sea. Paddle to the Sea is a month-long paddle-a-thon from the Sierra to the San Francisco Bay that helps raise awareness and support for protecting and restoring the Tuolumne River. The intern will coordinate registration and help implement promotion and execution of this event. This is a part-time internship position from March to June. Your schedule will be very flexible, and college credit may be available. You must reside in the vicinity of the Bay Area and be able to come into the San Francisco office periodically. If interested, you may have the option of paddling the entire journey (18 days in May and June) as a “Principal Paddler,” or participating in select legs over the course of the event. This is an excellent opportunity to join a great team working to take a highly successful event to the next level.
Duties and Responsibilities
Communications duties will include helping to create and update the Paddle to the Sea website, blog, and Tuolumne River Trust social networking sites, preparing and distributing promotional emails and materials, drafting and distributing press releases, and preparing mailings.
Event registration coordination including phone calls to encourage participation, signing up participants, responding to inquiries, mailing registration packets, tracking registrations and communicating status to other staff.
Event planning and execution support.
Communication with program staff, Paddling Guide, and Advancement team to ensure all boating, party and logistical requirements are met.
Other related duties as they arise.
Well-organized, self-starter, detail-oriented, flexible, and a quick learner with the ability to multi-task and manage both routine and complex tasks simultaneously.
Professional and pleasant demeanor, excellent oral and written communication skills in the English language, and a positive, can-do attitude are a must!
Excellent command of Microsoft Excel and Word, the internet, and social networking sites. Web design skills a plus.
Experience with graphic design is a plus.
Experience with event planning or database management is a plus.
An interest in rivers, outdoor recreation and an environmental ethic.
Additional Information This is a part-time internship. A stipend of $500 will be provided, college credit if applicable. 2 days/week with the possibility of going full-time during “crunch time” from mid-May to mid-June. This position reports to the Paddle to the Sea Director. The Paddle to the Sea Organizing and Communications Internship is based in the Trust’s San Francisco office and will require some travel to events in the Bay Area, Central Valley and Western Sierra during the event. Expenses associated with travel will be reimbursed and you will have the opportunity to paddle legs of the journey. College credit may also be available; please talk with the appropriate department at your school to arrange credit. This is an exciting, fun, and yet highly demanding opportunity that offers excellent potential for professional growth and accomplishment.
To apply, please send an email (with cover letter, resume and 2 references as attachments) with subject heading “Organizing and Communications Intern” to Rebecca Stievater at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, February 27, 2015. Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis; the position will be open until filled. For more information, feel free to call Rebecca Stievater at 415-882-7252.
Paddle to the Sea Background Paddle to the Sea is a month-long journey from Yosemite to the Golden Gate celebrating and fostering better stewardship of the Tuolumne River by vividly demonstrating our shared dependence on this limited resource. In past years, Paddle to the Sea directly involved over 1,400 people. We will reach many more through media coverage generated by the event. Ultimately, Paddle to the Sea will educate and involve thousands of people in our effort to protect and restore the Tuolumne River.
The Tuolumne is a Wild & Scenic river and the lifeblood of communities from the Sierra to the Sea. It connects the fly fisher in Yosemite, to the farmer in Modesto, to the thirsty family in San Francisco, to the salmon fisherman in the Pacific. We depend on this river to grow our food, provide clean drinking water to 2.5 million people in the Bay Area, and power our homes and businesses. This is an especially critical year for the Tuolumne Watershed and the Yosemite area. The Rim Fire, which started in August of 2013 and burned for nearly two months, had a massive affect on the ecosystem and economy of the area. A major goal of the Tuolumne River Trust, and this event in particular, is to aid in the recovery of this vital landscape. Aside from the Rim Fire Recovery work that we’ll be doing in the years to come, our reliance on the Tuolumne also comes at a price as dams, water diversions, and developments have taken their toll on the River. The Salmon population has plummeted from historically over 100,000 to the low thousands, the Lower Tuolumne no longer meets Clean Water Act standards, and the recreational value of the River has diminished. Paddle to the Sea will build public support that is critical to reversing these trends.
The journey consists of 18 paddling legs broken into 3 major segments. Wild & Scenic Tuolumne Whitewater—we will partner with experienced rafting guides to complete this world-class whitewater run. Lower Tuolumne River Parkway—Participants can reserve spots on TRT’s fleet of canoes or bring their own boat on several legs that meander through the Central Valley. San Francisco Bay-Delta—moving into the Bay-Delta, a fleet of sailboats will “carry the torch” across the Delta and pass it off to our sea kayakers for the final legs of the journey to the Golden Gate Bridge.
The Tuolumne River Trust The Tuolumne River Trust (TRT) is the voice for the river; ensuring that it is healthy, vibrant, and teeming with fish and wildlife for our children and grandchildren to enjoy. Founded in 1981, the Trust won Wild and Scenic designation for 83 miles of the Tuolumne in 1984, saved the Clavey from being dammed in 1994, and won higher flows for salmon in the Lower River in 1995. In 2008, we organized thousands of citizens to defeat a plan by San Francisco to divert an additional 25 million gallons of water per day from the River. TRT has 10 staff based in Sonora, Modesto, and San Francisco.