Become a SNAP Member
We are seeking enthusiastic, conservation-minded people to commit to a year of service to protect Sierra Nevada natural resources and sustainable communities. During the year, SNAP members will gain skills and technical training, mentor with outstanding environmental leaders, and help to conserve some of our most treasured landscapes.
SNAP application period is now open
SNAP AmeriCorps members are passionate and committed to the mission of the Sierra Nevada Alliance, SNAP and AmeriCorps. Members make an 11-month or 8-month, full-time commitment to serve at a nonprofit organization or public agency in the Sierra Nevada.
While each SNAP Position has unique requirements related to the position’s function, the SNAP Program has some 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 (higher education degrees are highly recommended OR six months of relevant experience in restoration, monitoring, environmental education, or field work. May consider related experience).
- 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.
Compensation and Benefits:
1,700 Hour Full Term Positions:
- $25,500 stipend for 11 months, or $2,318.18 per month
- Standard health and dental insurance
- Up to 340 hours of technical, ecological, and skills-development training
- AmeriCorps members that successfully complete a 1,700-hour service term will earn $10,000 in Education Awards for use on existing qualified student loans or future higher education expenses (partially taxed).
1,200 Hour 3/4 Term Positions:
- $2,318.18 per month for 8 months
- Standard health and dental insurance
- Up to 240 hours of technical, ecological, and skills-development training
- AmeriCorps members that successfully complete a 1,200-hour service term will earn a $4,826.50 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for use on existing qualified student loans or future higher education expenses.
What SNAP Members Do
Outreach & Education
Watershed education with local school groups and community members through field trips, citizen science, tabling, and special events.
Water quality monitoring, restoration project monitoring, habitat assessments, and ecological surveys.
Meadow and stream assessment, habitat restoration and mitigation projects, management of invasive species, native plants, and trail building.
Building and maintaining a community of volunteers for watershed steward programs, special events, river clean-ups, and restoration days.
Host sites vary on placement, host sites are located throughout the Sierra Nevada range in both California and Nevada.
2021-22 Host Sites
- Alpine Watershed Group (Markleeville)
- American Rivers (Nevada City)
- Bishop Paiute Tribe (Bishop)
- Butte County RCD (Oroville)
- Eastern Sierra Land Trust (Bishop)
- El Dorado County and Georgetown Divide RCDs (Placerville)
- Sierra Club, Mother Lode Chapter (South Lake Tahoe)
- Sequoia Riverlands Trust (Visalia)
- Sierra Nevada Alliance (South Lake Tahoe)
- Sierra Streams Institute (Nevada City)
- South Tahoe Public Utility District (South Lake Tahoe)
- South Yuba River Citizen’s League (Nevada City)
- Tahoe RCD (South Lake Tahoe)
- Tahoe Rim Trail Association (South Lake Tahoe)
- Tuolumne River Trust (Sonora)
- UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (Incline Village, NV)
SNAP Employee Panel:
Hear from four of our Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) members who will be talking about their unique job positions (Education Coordinator, Field Technician, Restoration Coordinator, & Outreach Specialist) during an hour-long employee panel, with a Q&A to follow.
SNAP/Sierra Corps 2020 Poster Presentation:
Hear from 2019/20 SNAP Members and Sierra Corps Fellows as they present their final posters during this year’s Sierra Nevada Alliance Conference.
All submissions are confidential. The Sierra Nevada Alliance and AmeriCorps are equal opportunity employers. We conform to all the laws, statutes, and regulations concerning equal employment opportunities and affirmative action. We strongly encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply to all of our SNAP Positions. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, age, disability status, Genetic Information & Testing, Family & Medical Leave, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We prohibit retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint or otherwise oppose discrimination.