Current AmeriCorps member Victoria Ortiz (myself) planting sunflowers with local 3rd graders

Do you love the Eastern Sierra? Do you or someone you know want to live and work in one of the most spectacular outdoor meccas in the US? Apply to become Eastern Sierra Land Trust’s 7th AmeriCorps member and help protect these vital lands for generations to come.

ESLT has enjoyed the bright minds and enthusiasm of 6 dedicated AmeriCorps members through the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP). SNAP places 27 conservation minded college graduates with 17 organizations throughout the Sierra to conduct watershed restoration and monitoring, watershed education, and volunteer recruitment and support.

2011 AmeriCorps member Hillary Behr attacking aggressive bulrush at one of our restoration sites

ESLT is dedicated to having an active role in our communities educating people of all ages about the value of preserving rural lands in the Eastern Sierra.The SNAP member helps implement ESLT’s Community Connections Program, which offers ESLT members and the entire Eastern Sierra community, residents and visitors, the opportunity to connect with our treasured lands to live, to learn and to experience the value of preserving these lands.

Sarah Spano monitoring a conservation easement

As ESLT’s 2012 AmeriCorps member I can confidently say that I love my position! I feel I’m making a tangible difference by connecting people to the lands and working with a wonderful staff in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. I have one of the best placements in the program which allows me to organize events and restoration projects and become an integral part of this welcoming and active community. I’m happy to answer any questions regarding the position or program for yourself or someone you know.

Three generations of AmeriCorps, from left: 2009 Serena Dennis, 2010 Sarah Spano, 2008 Katie Nelson, along with Do from the SNAP program

This full-time AmeriCorps positions is for 11 months, beginning October 29, 2012 and concluding September 28th, 2013. Applications are due this Friday, August 10th Apply now for this highly competitive program!