Grassroots Ecology is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to engage and educate the public to restore local ecosystems. The Grassroots Ecology team engages about 12,000 people annually in the Silicon Valley area through habitat restoration events, community science projects, rain barrel and rain garden installations, trash pickups, field trips, classroom programs, workshops, nature walks and talks, and special community events. Volunteers work alongside experienced ecologists to carry out effective, science-based stewardship projects that make a tangible difference in the health of local habitats.
The fellow will lead volunteers and students to carry out a variety of habitat restoration and environmental education projects. As part of a project team, the fellow will help coordinate and lead volunteers in habitat enhancement projects that involve removing weeds, sheet mulching, installing native plants, conducting vegetation monitoring, constructing berms, and assisting with in-channel efforts such as willow staking and building/maintaining step structures. The fellow will also help develop and lead hands-on habitat restoration and environmental education field trips for elementary, middle, and high school students that take place out at restoration sites. In the classroom, the fellow will provide 2nd - 7th grade school outreach by working with staff to deliver pollution prevention classroom activities based on a set curriculum.
The fellow will attend monthly staff meetings where they are encouraged to share ideas and workout program-wide strategies. They will also have the opportunity to attend a quarterly Watershed Forum where they will meet with community members, scientists, and agency representatives to discuss climate related topics. The fellow will to take part in in-house trainings and as well as trainings offered by other organizations (e.g. California Naturalists, CNPS, Cal IPC etc.).
● Be part of a team to support environmental stewardship and educational activities at various habitat restoration sites in northern Santa Clara and southern San Mateo counties
● Help organize and run community volunteer workdays, K-12 and college service projects and field trips, and other community engagement activities
● Create and deliver educational content and interpretive elements for students and volunteers
● Help implement and refine restoration techniques for project sites (e.g. invasive weed removal, native plant installation and maintenance)
● Assist with maintenance of sites, such as weeding and watering
● Help monitor and report on activities and progress
● BA or BS in a science related field
● Ability to work outside in physically demanding sites and situations
● Strong interpersonal and communication skills with volunteers, city partners, and other staff
● Comfortable with a flexible work environment and working 2+ weekend days per month
● Valid CA driver's license with clean driving record; access to personal vehicle
● Knowledge and/or desire to learn about CA native plants and ecology
● Volunteer management and outreach experience
● Experience providing education to others, especially youth