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October 2, 2019

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

Photography and Atmospheric Science: A Symbiotic and Historical Relationship- TERC

In this presentation, the symbiotic and historical relationship that has existed between photography and atmospheric science for 180 years will be discussed within the context of such phenomena as lightning, clouds, precipitation, severe weather, and climate change.

Date: October 3, 2019

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CALMS Annual Conference- TERC

Our 34th annual conference will feature invited speakers, student speakers, and solicited presentations.

Date: October 10-11, 2019

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MAP's Trout Creek Pocket Park Stewardship Day

Get outside with Mountain Area Preservation and Vail EpicPromise for a Stewardship Day at Trout Creek Pocket Park. We will be picking up litter, removing invasive weeds and planting native, drought tolerant species to help improve the ecological function of this greenspace in Historic Downtown Truckee.

Date: October 11, 2019

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Reclaiming the Sierra Conference

A Conference to catalyze action around a regional strategy to abate the impacts of mercury – from the Sierra to sea.

Date: October 16-18, 2019

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Truckee River Day

It was that first Truckee River Day in 1996 that spawned today’s Truckee River Watershed Council. Since then thousands of nature-lovers have shown up yearly with their gumboots, buckets, shovels and smiles to take on restoration projects throughout the watershed. Work along side your friends—and make new ones—as together we: restore designated sites, plant native vegetation, mulch sensitive areas, and repair our mountain home.

Date: October 20, 2019

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Mission Architectures for Exploration of the Moon, Deep Space, and Mars- TERC

Join Dr. Lim as she explores the interstellar interconnection between earth and space and works to create the scientific analogs and human mission architectures for the exploration of the Moon, deep space and Mars.

Date: October 22, 2019

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2019 Water Summit

This daylong conference will be held October 30, 2019 at a new location along the Sacramento River in Sacramento. The annual Water Summit, now in its 36th year, features top policymakers and leading stakeholders providing the latest information and viewpoints on issues impacting water across California and the West.

Date: October 30, 2019

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Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities

Sierra Nevada Alliance- Sierra Corps Positions

Sierra Corps Fellows will bring their education, skills, and expertise to engage in paid 1 year or 2 year fellowships that provide assistance in assessment, planning, project permitting, project management, grant writing, technical assessment or monitoring and other essential forest restoration implementation tasks.

For more info, click here.

Alpine Watershed Group- Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator

Alpine Watershed Group (AWG) seeks an Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator to help implement AWG’s community outreach and education, monitoring, and restoration programs.

For more info, click here.

American Rivers- Associate Director of Headwaters Conservation

The Associate Director of Headwaters Conservation builds partnerships and manages projects to improve watersheds in the Sierra Nevada. The Associate Director helps develop and oversee a range of innovative projects primarily focused on meadow stream restoration, improving forest health and forest roads, green infrastructure and other conservation efforts in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River (SSJ) Basin. The Associate Director will also contribute to fundraising and other internal needs of the region, including strategic planning, and will join a team of eight staff in American Rivers’ regional office in Nevada City, California, a thriving small town in the Sierra Nevada foothills.

For more info, click here.

Cal Wild- San Joaquin Valley Organizer

CalWild’s San Joaquin Valley Organizer works to protect and restore the wildest-remaining undeveloped landscapes in or near the San Joaquin Valley and grow the public lands advocacy capacity in the region. Relevant public lands include the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management holdings in Amador, Calaveras, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Benito, San Joaquin, Tulare and Tuolumne counties.

For more info, click here.

Desert Research Institute- Education Project Lead and Citizen Science Coordinator

The Desert Research Institute is hiring an Education Project Lead and a Citizen Science Coordinator out of their Reno location.

For more info, click here.

REI- Events & Partnerships Coordinator, Sacramento

Based in Sacramento, this job contributes to REI’s success by executing local marketing and brand engagement campaigns within their specific market as directed by the Manager.

For more info, click here.

Mountain Area Preservation - Development Director

The Development Director, working closely with the Executive Director, is responsible for the strategic oversight, development, and implementation of a comprehensive fundraising program that secures the financial resources needed to support Mountain Area Preservation’s land use and environmental advocacy work.

For more info, click here.

Tahoe Conservancy-Tahoe-Central Sierra Initiative Coordinator, Senior Environmental Scientist

Under the general direction of the Landscape Forestry Supervisor, the incumbent will coordinate as well as provide strategic, technical, facilitation, and project management support to the Tahoe-Central Sierra Initiative (TCSI), and ensure its alignment with state and regional mandates.

For more info, click here.

Land & Recreation Manager, Placer Land Trust

Placer Land Trust (PLT) is seeking an experienced Land & Recreation Manager with strong technical experience and interpersonal skills to manage/monitor protected land and develop/support public recreation and land access programs on certain PLT properties/preserves.

For more info, click here.

Senior Engineer (Water Quality Protection)

This position serves as the Water Quality Protection Senior Engineer providing essential technical expertise for the City's source water protection program. This position provides program management and technical expertise in the protection of the City's Lower American River and Sacramento River water supplies, including development of the American and Sacramento River Watershed Sanitary Survey Update reports, comments, and technical materials to support watershed stakeholder efforts.

For more info, click here.

Volunteers Wanted for the Reclaiming the Sierra Conference

There are a variety of volunteer roles and time slots during the conference as well as pre-conference volunteer shifts in Nevada City.

For more info, click here.

Sequoia Riverlands Trust is Partnering with Waldron to Conduct a Search for a New Executive Director

The Executive Director will weave together SRT’s conservation, mitigation, education, and policy programs in a way that ensures financial sustainability and meets the needs of SRT’s diverse stakeholders in the counties it serves.

For more info, click here.


Sierra Corps Fellowship Application Period Open!


The Sierra Nevada Alliance is no accepting application fro the Sierra Corps Forest Fellowship Program. Specific Host Site positions will be announced by Monday, October 7, 2020 but the application process is live now. To apply, submit resume and cover letter explaining your interest in the program to Nicole Lutkemuller via email at AND complete the online application which can be accessed click here. The deadline to apply is 8:00pm (PST) on Wednesday, October 16, 2019. Visit the Sierra Corps website for more information on how to apply and to access detailed position descriptions click here.

Please contact Program Director Nicole Lutkemuller via email if you have any questions.

SNAP 2018-19 Service Term Highlights


On September 21st, the Alliance closed out the 13th year of the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership program. Upon completing the first year of the fifth three-year AmeriCorps grant the program has been awarded, we want to share some highlights from this year’s cohort and commend the incredible impact that these 28 members have made in the Sierra. Together, these SNAP members committed over 47,000 hours of service with 15 different organizations and agencies. Four members are staying on for the 2019-20 SNAP term, to continue creating positive change across the Range of Light.

The 2018-19 SNAP term began on October 21st, 2018, with orientation at Sagehen Creek Field Station in Truckee, where 23 new members joined five returning members for a week of training and service. Coming together from 14 states, members completed a restoration project with Tahoe RCD in South Lake Tahoe’s Johnson Meadow, and helped to lead a huge environmental education day for North Tahoe Middle School with Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships. In April 2019, the group came together again for spring training and service projects in Coloma, CA. We stayed at Environmental Traveling Companions’ beautiful river camp along the South Fork American River, reciprocating their generosity by helping with trail improvements. Members also served in partnership with the American River Conservancy, working on trail and garden projects at Wakamatsu Farm and leading environmental education stations for the annual Nature Bowl, an environmental education “competition” in partnership with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The final group projects took place in August 2019 in Markleeville, where members built a new section of the Tahoe Rim Trail with the Tahoe Rim Trail Association and helped Alpine Watershed Group and California State Parks with invasive species removal in Grover Hot Springs State Park. SNAP members also collaborated with Alliance staff to coordinate the first annual SNAP Alumni event, a gathering for SNAP members past and present to network and celebrate their accomplishments. This legacy will continue to be an annual event going forward, so stay tuned if you want to connect!

Throughout their 11 months of service, the 2018-19 SNAP cohort has made an incredible impact on the watersheds and communities they serve in the Sierra. While we haven’t compiled the final statistics for the term yet, tallies as of our mid-year reporting are quite impressive. With summer as the main season for restoration work, we expect the final totals to be significantly greater than those reported here. As of April 15, 2019, members had: Restored over 225 acres, on 116 different projects Educated over 31,000 children and community members Engaged over 1000 new volunteers Raised over $37,000 in cash resources and over $73,000 in in-kind resources for their service projects at host sites

The 2019-20 term brings with it some changes in our partners, positions and projects. We bid farewell to some of our host sites, as their organizations transition and grow: Alpine Watershed Group, River Wranglers, Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships, California State Parks, US Forest Service, and American River Conservancy will not be hosting members for this coming term, but we hope to continue collaborating in other ways. We welcome to the SNAP Host Site family: Forest Trails Alliance, Butte County RCD, South Tahoe PUD, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, and Tahoe RCD. The Alliance will also be hosting a new SNAP position, a Regional Recruitment Coordinator, to help us with our efforts to expand recruitment capacity, create a more inclusive and equitable recruitment and hiring process, and mobilize our alumni network. We have also begun an intensive evaluation process, which is allowing us to refine our data collection methodology and share the results of our program more widely. We welcome your feedback and inquiry into the program and look forward to an incredible year #14 of SNAP!

We are incredibly grateful to the generous funders who help to support the SNAP program: CaliforniaVolunteers, the Joseph and Vera Long Foundation, the Rose Foundation, Patagonia, and ExtremeTerrain’s Clean Trail Grant Program.


DCA Stakeholder Engagement Committee

The Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority (DCA) has formed the Delta Stakeholder Engagement Committee (Committee). The Committee will be composed of DCA Board members and representatives of various stakeholders within the Delta.

Learn more here.

Connecting Point: Community Services Central

Find volunteer opportunities near you.

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Best Solar Energy Companies Based on In-Depth Reviews

Your how-to guide to choosing a solar energy system that helps reduce your electric bill and reduce your carbon footprint.

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Recreational Trails and Greenways Grant Program

The California Natural Resources Agency will be accepting proposals for the Recreational Trails and Greenways Grant Program from August 20 through October 11, 2019 via the System for Online Application Review (SOAR).

$27.7 million in awards will be funded by this program. Applicants submitting the most competitive proposals will be invited to participate in the next level of the competitive process, anticipated for mid-late December 2019.

Learn more here.

California Wildlands Grassroots Fund

California is blessed with tremendous natural beauty, biological diversity and economic opportunity. Yet, our remaining wildland heritage is in jeopardy from poorly managed growth and development. Californians have long recognized the importance of preserving our spectacular and precious wildlands. The California Wildlands Grassroots Fund (Cal Wildlands) was established to support the heroic efforts of activists to preserve California’s wildlands.

Learn more here.

Sierra CAMP Grant Guide

This page features climate-related funding databases and funding opportunities that are ongoing or accepting applications on a rolling basis. Updates on one-time or irregular, non-rolling grant opportunities, such as cap-and-trade grant program notices of funding availability, as well as opportunities to provide feedback on state funding guidelines, are provided to Sierra CAMP members on a monthly basis.

Learn more here.

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Newsletter contents prepared by Sara Monson, Education and Communication Director with the Sierra Nevada Alliance.
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Since 1993 the Sierra Nevada Alliance has been protecting and restoring Sierra lands, water, wildlife and communities. The Sierra Nevada Alliance exists to elevate and support Sierra ecosystems and communities. We are a hub for stewardship of the Sierra Nevada, which we achieve by empowering and collaborating with our partners. It is our vision that every Sierra ecosystem and community is healthy, resilient, and collectively cared for through thriving partnerships, as a legacy for future generations.