Lake Tahoe Ambassador Program – Sierra Nevada Alliance

Lake Tahoe Area, CA & NV

Position Summary:

Ambassadors will work interacting face-to-face with the public sharing information about Lake Tahoe’s natural environment and ways to protect Tahoe. Ambassadors will be stationed at popular locations (Taylor Creek Visitor Center, Tallac Historic Site, Emerald Bay, Explore Tahoe at the Heavenly Village, East Shore Bike Path, Tahoe City Commons Beach and more) around the Lake during the busiest days and hours of the day Thursday-Monday. 

Ambassadors will:

  • Motivate and inspire community members and  visitors to recreate responsibly while enjoying Lake Tahoe’s parks, trails, and beaches
  • Share information about ways to recreate in Tahoe, favorite hikes and bike trails and more
  • Model good stewardship by picking up trash, calling maintenance when trash cans are full, and handing out pet waste bags as needed
  • Track observations and interactions with the public using a Citizen Science phone app 
  • Present natural history information 
  • Receive training and certifications in environmental science specific to our region and college credit
  • Participate in restoration, clean up, and beautification projects

High School and College students may be eligible for elective credit for  work-based learning experience. Senior citizen docent positions are also available and will provide mentorship with youth. 

Responsibilities and Activities

  • Attend all in-person training sessions to learn about the uniqueness of Tahoe’s environment, the greatest threats to the environment, and the best ways to be a good steward, and knowledge of local ordinances 
  • Participate in professional development and environmental webinars, and weekly Alliance staff meetings 
  • Follow protocol methods and collect data on observations in the field
  • Participate in community clean and restoration days

Required Qualifications

  • A willingness to learn about Tahoe’s environment, sound stewardship practices and local ordinances
  • Self-motivation and drive to approach visitors to engage them in conversation about how to be good stewards 
  • Capable of communicating and interacting in a respectful and inclusive manner with people of all ages and backgrounds
  • Good time management and punctuality
  • Capable of standing and walking outdoors in variable weather conditions for up to 8 hours at a time
  • English and Spanish conversational skills desired, but English only speakers will be considered

Compensation:

  • Ambassador positions: $18/hour, about 24 hours/week
  • Ambassador supervisors: $20/hr, about 30 hours a week

Training/Hours:

  • Ambassadors will begin orientation and training in early June.
  • The work schedule will not conflict with students’ class schedules and after-school commitments. There will be some obligations in June for team building and more training.
  • Ambassadors will work about 4 days/week starting in June through Labor Day weekend.

To Apply:

  • Complete the online job application.
  • Applications are due by May 16th for priority consideration, applications will be accepted until positions are filled.

If you have questions, please email jobs@sierranevadaalliance.org or call 530-542-4546.

For more information please see the position description.

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