River Trust, in partnership with the collaborative Yosemite Stanislaus
Solutions, is seeking a Restoration and Volunteer Coordinator to manage
restoration projects implemented by volunteers and to conduct outreach and
education activities to improve the local community’s understanding of water
In August 2013,
the Rim Fire erupted deep in the canyons of the Tuolumne watershed and over two
months consumed more than 257,000 acres of forested land in the Stanislaus
National Forest and Yosemite National Park.The Yosemite-Stanislaus Solutions (YSS) collaborative group is a highly
diverse coalition of interests who share a common goal of restoring and
maintaining healthy forests and watersheds, fire-safe communities, and
sustainable local economies using a science-based approach.YSS is using the collaborative process to
promote balanced, highly informed recommendations to agencies that are
determining which actions to implement in the 402 square miles of the Rim Fire
area. The goal of YSS is to build on fire recovery successes and expand the
scope of YSS efforts over time in order to increase management actions within
the unburned, still-green forest areas of the local region.
River Trust is the voice for the Tuolumne River from Yosemite National Park through
the San Joaquin Valley and into the San Francisco Bay-Delta.We
seek a healthy and vibrant river that is teeming with fish and wildlife; safe
for drinking, fishing and swimming; and held in trust as a refuge for our
children and grandchildren.We build
stewardship of the Tuolumne by fostering strong personal connections to the
river through watershed-wide education, outreach, and adventures.Leveraging this support, we put policies in
place to protect and restore the river.
This position will have two primary duties split
roughly in half: 1) Coordinating volunteers and managing habitat and
recreational resource restoration projects within the perimeter of the Rim Fire
burn area; and 2) conducting outreach and education programs to improve
knowledge of water resources, watershed health, and water use efficiency in
candidate for this position will be adept at using a wide range of conservation
strategies to achieve goals including on-the-ground restoration, volunteer
engagement, and outreach and education.The position requires a broad skill set to effectively build
partnerships, manage complex projects, work with members of the general public,
and articulate scientific information.The position will also work with a broad range of State and Federal
resource agencies, water districts, private land owners, and other conservation
Restoration and Volunteer Coordinator reports to the Executive Director, in
coordination with members of Yosemite Stanislaus Solutions, but allows for
self-initiative. The ideal candidate for
this position will be a creative thinker and self-starter with river and
watershed conservation experience, knowledge of watershed science, proven
ability to work with a variety of partners, ability to manage complex projects,
superior communication skills, and a passion for science-based watershed conservation.
activities and responsibilities will include:
Coordinate/manage habitat restoration project work
Recruit volunteers and/or interns to assist with project
implementation via social media, electronic communications, websites,
press, and person-to-person outreach
Manage habitat program reporting and take the lead on writing
grant reports in collaboration with the Executive Director, Advancement
and Finance staff
Collaborate with the Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite
Stanislaus Solutions to research prospective project sites
Develop detailed project plans, maps and other materials
Provide oversight to volunteers
Track projects and coordinate receipt of supporting materials
Conduct outreach to partners and stakeholders using multiple
strategies, including presentations to community and school groups,
tabling at local events, electronic and print communications, and social
Engage in education and outreach activities in support of
watershed stewardship and water use efficiency
Expand educational outreach programs by producing flyers,
posters, brochures, fact sheets etc.
Support, promote and market program and projects
Support related activities as they arise
Degree in environmental
studies, geography, biology, watershed science, or related field
Experience in the
environmental field, preferably including background in working with
Prior experience and ability
in building relationships and working with people from different backgrounds
Excellent written and oral
communication skills, with ability to write, edit, and produce high
Basic computer skills
Creative thinker with a
passion for environmental conservation
A self-starter willing to
Heavy lifting (up to 50lbs) sometimes required
Must possess a valid state-issued driver’s license
Must own or have access to a vehicle for work-related use
Other skills considered a plus: GIS skills, knowledge of the
Tuolumne Watershed, detail-oriented, leadership abilities, project
development, environmental education, and media outreach.
competitive and depends on experience. Excellent benefits. The Trust is an
equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse staff. The full-time
position is based in Tuolumne County and will require occasional travel to Modesto,
Sacramento, San Francisco, and other places in California. This job offers
excellent potential for professional growth.
will be open until filled. Please send
an email (with cover letter, resume, three references, and 2-page writing
sample as attachments) with subject heading “Restoration and Volunteer
Coordinator” to firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please.
In June, CNN reporter and editorial writer, John Sutter, spent three weeks kayaking down the San Joaquin River (of which the Tuolumne is the largest tributary) to find out why it was named this year's Most Endangered River by American Rivers. TRT staff members, Peter Drekmeier and Ed Aguilar, joined him for a day just downstream of the confluence with the Tuolumne. They paddled over the Hetch Hetchy Aquaduct, a very large pipe running under the San Joaquin that delivers nearly 200 million gallons of pristine Tuolumne River water to the Bay Area every day.
Peter & Ed join John for a day of paddling. Photo by John Sutter, CNN
During his trip, John was surprised by how disconnected many people are from the rivers flowing through their communities, inspiring TRT to create a new program called "Introducing People to Their Rivers." To learn more about this program, clickhere.
John published a companion piece to his article titled, "7 ways to save the San Joaquin -- America's 'most endangered' river." The second action on his list is to support TRT's new program. You can view his listhere.
Ed Aguilar: "The river doesn't have a voice." Photo by John Sutter, CNN
"So many people live right along the San Joaquin and barely know it exists -- and this is particularly true in low-income neighborhoods like those in Modesto, California. "If you don't know about it, you don't care," said Ed Aguilar, a community organizer with Tuolumne River Trust. Ed's group has been trying to connect low-income people, including farmworkers and their families, with the rivers of California's Central Valley."
Thank you, John, for drawing national attention to the San Joaquin and Tuolumne Rivers!
The Forest Service just released a Proposed Record of Decision for the Rim Fire Recovery, and it's a huge improvement over what we faced in May. TRT is proud of the leadership role our own John Amodio played in bringing together stakeholders to hammer out a compromise that balances economic interests with the protection of wildlife habitat and environmental values.
By participating in Yosemite Stanislaus Solutions (a forum for environmentalists, timber industry representatives and others to meet, share information, and work towards solutions), we not only reached an acceptable compromise all sides could support, but also built a strong bipartisan foundation that will continue working together to seek federal funding for ongoing restoration efforts in the Rim Fire burn area.
The Proposed Decision:
Reduces the amount of salvage logging from nearly 30,000 acres to just over 15,000 acres. Whereas the previous preferred alternative called for removing 660 million board feet of timber, the new decision reduces that amount to an estimated 210 million board feet.
Protects the extraordinary Clavey River Watershed by keeping the roadless area intact.
Eliminates all new permanent roads and reduces the amount of new temporary roads.
Reduces salvage logging on steep slopes and in other sensitive areas. Many dead trees and downed logs will be left in place to serve as wildlife habitat and to protect against soil erosion.
TRT appreciates the good work of the National Forest Service, Sierra Nevada Conservancy, Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center, Sierra Forest Legacy, timber industry and others in working together with us on a solution.
And many thanks to all of you who weighed in on the Rim Fire. Together we made a huge impact.
TRT's Executive Director, Patrick Koepele, addresses a group of experts in the Rim Fire burn area after its containment in the fall of 2013. Photo by Peter Drekmeier
"Representatives of both environmental groups and the timber industry informed me that the action alternatives in the EIS proposed more management than the environmental groups thought desirable and the timber industry thought practical. Therefore, I scaled back the scope of (salvage logging) to a size that would be practical to implement, while retaining the key treatments to attain the project's purpose and need."
The Rim Fire Closure has been revised! Sites now open for public use include:
·Rainbow Pool Day Use Area
·Carlon Day Use Area including Carlon Falls Trail
·Lumsden Road (1N10) between Ferretti Road and Lumsden Bridge including Merals Pool Boat Launch, Lumsden Campground, and Lumsden Bridge Campground. RVs and trailers are not recommended on Lumsden Road. (South Fork Campground remains closed due to the loss of the vault toilet and presence of hazard trees).
·Middle Fork Day Use Area
·Dimond O, Lost Claim, and Sweetwater Campgrounds will open for overnight use starting Friday, April 25th. The Pines Campground, including the group site, will also be available for a fee stating April 25th. Campsites can be reserved online atwww.recreation.gov.
Please be patient as the Groveland Ranger Districts takes the time to unlock gates and remove closure signs from the areas listed above.
Additional Details for Tuolumne Wild & Scenic River Whitewater Boaters:
·Public access to the Upper Tuolumne/Cherry Creek launch at Holm Powerhouse off of Cherry Lake Road (1N07) is limited to shuttle service only: 1-209-559-4605.
·Stating May 1st, free, mandatory permits are required to float between Cherry Creek and Merals Pool and from Merals Pool to Ward's Ferry. Permits can be picked up at the Groveland Ranger Station during business hours (Monday to Friday, 8:00 am-4:30 pm). Reservation forms are now available online:http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/stanislaus/recarea/?recid=14975.
·Please remain alert for additional hazards such as rock slides and trees within the river due to the Rim Fire. Additionally, there is a large debris boom across Don Pedro Reservoir past Ward Ferry Bridge blocking motor boat access for shuttle/taxi boats. Boating downstream of Wards Ferry Bridge is not recommended.
Personal Fuelwood:Permit holders may continue to collect at Dimond O, Lost Claim, and Sweetwater Campgrounds as well as Upper and Lower Carlon Day Use Areas until April 24thor when no more downed wood is available.
Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area. Potential hazards include loose and falling rocks, flash floods, and debris flows. Trees may have been weakened from fire damage and ongoing drought and may fall at any time. Stay on designated roads and trails and within opened areas. Be alert for falling objects and do not linger around large trees. Avoid the area during high winds or heavy rain.
Please give the Groveland Ranger District a call if you have any questions:209-962-7825
Latest Recreation Conditions Update can be seen here.
Whitewater boating access on the Tuolumne Wild and Scenic River is now
Until the Forest Order is revised or expires,
public access to the Main Tuolumne/Merals Pool launch on Lumsden Road
(1N10) as well as the Upper Tuolumne/Cherry Creek launch at Holm
Powerhouse off of Cherry Lake Road (1N07) is limited
to shuttle service only: 1-209-559-4605.
A free, mandatory permit is
required to float between Cherry Creek and Merals Pool and from Merals
Pool to Ward's Ferry. Permits can be picked up at the Groveland Ranger
Station during business hours (Monday to Friday,
8:00 am-4:30 pm). Reservations are not available until the Forest Order
is revised or expires. USFS recommends contacting the shuttle service
before requesting or picking up a permit.
Please remain alert for additional hazards such
as rock slides and trees within the river due to the Rim Fire.
Additionally, there is a large debris boom across Don Pedro Reservoir
past Ward Ferry Bridge blocking motor boat access for
shuttle/taxi boats. Boating downstream of Wards Ferry Bridge is not
recommended. See attached warning flyer.
Please give the USFS Groveland district a call if you have any questions: 209-962-7825