What is SNAP?

The Sierra Nevada Alliance is proud to implement the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP). Each year, the Sierra Nevada Alliance places 28 AmeriCorps members with partner conservation organizations throughout the Sierra Nevada. During their terms of service, members restore and monitor impaired Sierra watersheds, educate and outreach to Sierra 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 impact to the communities of the Sierra Nevada. A living allowance, loan forbearance, and health care benefits are provided during the term of service, as well as an end-of-service education award.

 

We are hiring! Applications for SNAP 2021-22 open July 1st! Click “Join SNAP – Apply Now” for application instructions.

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Outreach & Education

Watershed education with local school groups and community members through field trips, citizen science, tabling, and special events.

Monitoring

Water quality monitoring, restoration project monitoring, habitat assessments, and ecological surveys.

Restoration

Meadow and stream assessment, habitat restoration and mitigation projects, management of invasive species, native plants, and trail building.

Volunteer Coordination

Building and maintaining a community of volunteers for watershed steward programs, special events, river clean-ups, and restoration days.

SNAP’s Impact

Since 2007, SNAP members have served at over 40 Sierra conservation organizations and agencies

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SNAP members served since 2007

19,000

Acres of restored habitat

7,500

Ecological sites monitored

250,000+

Individuals reached through outreach & education

43,000

Community volunteers recruited and supported by SNAP members

650,000

Total hours of service by SNAP members since 2007

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This weekend is the last weekend of the Great Sierra River Cleanup! You can participate in taking care of our iconic rivers by participating with two of our member groups in the clean up events they are hosting this Saturday! ⁠
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To learn more about the event and find details on locations visit the link in our bio. To view a map of other cleanup locations throughout the state, visit www.coastalcleanupday.org.⁠
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As we near the end of this SNAP term, we want to say a huge THANK YOU to the 2020-2021 SNAP cohort!! In the face of an extremely difficult year affected by a global pandemic, this cohort has continued to serve their host sites and the Sierra Nevada with dedication and creativity. We welcome back those who will be returning for a second term, and are cheering on those who are moving on to new endeavors! ⁠
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#AmeriCorps #GettingThingsDone #ServeTheSierra @californiavolunteers
Don't miss out on the next Alliance monthly webinar! Join us September 16th at 7:30 p.m. for a nature journaling class with Lorna Burkhard. Registration link in bio!
Apply now, it's not too late! We are looking for motivated individuals to join us in protecting and restoring Sierra Nevada ecosystems and communities. We work with host sites across the Sierra on environmental education, volunteer engagement, and watershed restoration and monitoring. Positions range from being mostly office-based to primarily fieldwork. Check them out on the @sierranevadaalliance website!⁠
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The upcoming SNAP term runs from November 2021-October 2022. To learn more, please follow the link in our bio.
Did you know California is redrawing district lines this year? The Commission is required to define the geographic boundaries for the Congressional Districts, State Senate districts, State Assembly districts, and State Board of Equalization districts so that they contain reasonably equal populations. The 2010 Commission engaged in meetings throughout the State to identify communities of interest. Many of the meetings occurred during the and on weekends to make them more accessible to Californians.⁠
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Once the Commission has agreed on the geographic boundaries of the districts, the districts will be displayed on four maps: one map displaying the revised Congressional districts, a second map displaying the revised State Senate districts, a third map displaying the revised State Assembly districts, and a fourth map displaying the revised State Board of Equalization districts.⁠
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To be approved, each map must receive the affirmative vote of at least three Commissioners who are Democrats, three Commissioners who are Republicans and three Commissioners from neither of those parties. Once the Commission has approved the final maps, the maps are submitted to the Secretary of State with a report explaining the basis on which the Commission made its decisions.⁠
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#wedrawthelines #California #Citizens #Redistricting #Commission #state #assembly #senate #AD #SD #BOE #congress #census #civicengagement #fairrepresentation #fairmaps #represented #maps #boundaries
SNAP 21-22 Applications are still open! ⁠
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Make sure to turn in your SNAP app, AmeriCorps app, and send your resume & cover letter to brooke@sierranevadaalliance.org before August 15th!
This week we say, “So long and thank you for your service,” to our dear Rachel Durben! 

Rachel served with the SNAP Program as a Member with Sierra Streams Institute prior to working as the SNAP Program Director for the Alliance. She brought such grace, thoughtfulness consideration, heart and patience with everything she worked on. She has lead our BIPOC engagement and sensitivity improvements during the last few years teaching us all. She has advocated for greater pay for our Members and enhanced enrichment (using creativity and innovation during Covid shutdowns). There is so much we could say, but words really aren’t enough. Rachel is moving on to grow her career with our friends and partners at Great Basin Institute. 

Rachel, we all love you and will miss your presence at the Alliance! 

-Jenny Hatch, Executive Director
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY! ⁠
Join the @sierranevadaalliance Youth Ambassadors at Lakeview Commons in South Lake Tahoe at 9:00 AM on MONDAY AUGUST 9 to help clean up the beach and learn a little more about what the ambassadors have been up to! Check out the link in bio for more info about this event. ⁠
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#laketahoe #keeptahoeblue #volunteer #cleanupday #sierranevada #service
Looking for a job where you can make a difference? The Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) Program is recruiting for the 16th cohort of members who have a passion for the environment, communities and service. Full-term positions begin in November and run through September, 2022. SNAP Members serve with conservation organizations throughout the Sierra Nevada mountain range, supporting ecological restoration, monitoring, education and community engagement projects. Visit our website to see position descriptions and benefits, and apply today! https://sierranevadaalliance.org/join-snap/⁠
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#americorps #serviceyear #californiavolunteers #conservation #sierranevada #watersheds #forests #ecology #environmentaleducation #bethechange #makeadifference #community
How does redistricting affect you? Visit the California Citizens Redistricting Commission's website to find out: https://www.wedrawthelinesca.org/. The Sierra Nevada Alliance is helping get the word out about California's Redistricting process.  Where the lines are drawn affects who is elected to represent us and how policies are enacted that can influence environmental conservation efforts. ⁠
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#wedrawthelines #California #Citizens #Redistricting #Commission #state #assembly #senate #AD #SD #BOE #congress #census #civicengagement #fairrepresentation #represented #maps #boundaries

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