Join Our Team

Sierra Streams Institute relies on the dedication of our volunteers. With thirty monthly monitoring sites and numerous scientific and educational projects, we always welcome new volunteers, whatever your interests and experience. Community participation in our work is not only vital to our mission but also richly rewarding for our members, who receive scientific training and expertise, meet their neighbors, and participate in local restoration and monitoring projects.

Volunteer with us

We have an abundance of volunteer opportunities available–covering a wide variety of activities, experience levels, time commitments and physical demands. Learn more about our opportunities and sign up here.

AmeriCorps

Each year Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP), a program of the Sierra Nevada Alliance, places over 25 conservation-minded individuals at host organizations and agencies throughout the “Range of Light”, including two members here at Sierra Streams. SNAP members spend 11 months working on environmental restoration, education, monitoring, and outreach projects that are as diverse as our region. The SNAP term of service is from mid-October through mid-September. If you are interested in learning more about the program or applying visit here.

If you feel you would be a good fit for our organization please contact us (info@sierrastreamsinstitute.org) with your interest and qualifications.

Internships

We are always looking to work with students interested in exploring a career in the environmental sector. There are opportunities to build skills in resource management and restoration, environmental education, marketing/outreach, and much more. Check out our internships below!

Watershed Science Summer Internship

Summer interns spend most of their time in the field assisting scientists with benthic macroinvertebrate collection, algae collection, and physical habitat surveys on Deer Creek. Interns will also process samples in the lab, use microscopy to identify macroinvertebrates, and enter and proof the data they collect.

Interns have the option to spend the second half of the summer conducting an independent project on a topic of their choice, with guidance from SSI staff. Potential projects include wildlife and vegetation surveys, habitat restoration, creating interpretive materials, GIS mapping, water quality data analysis, and more. The end date of an internship with independent project is flexible based on the project and intern’s schedule. For more details, see the full position description below.

Dates: Mid-June to Mid-July (without independent project) or Mid-June through August (with independent project)

Watershed Science Spring Internship

Spring interns will gain extensive hands-on experience in our labs processing macroinvertebrate samples and running water chemistry tests. In addition, interns may participate in monthly water quality monitoring on Deer Creek and the Bear River, assist with local restoration projects, enter and analyze data, and help with wildlife monitoring. Interns will connect with scientists in the environmental field and have the potential to earn college credit. For more details, see the full position description below.

Dates: January to May (exact dates are flexible)

Other Opportunities

If you feel you would be a good fit for our organization please contact us (info@sierrastreamsinstitute.org) with your interest and qualifications.