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The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment seeks a full-time Rural Community
Development Apprentice to work with rural communities and collaboratives throughout
California. The position is based in the very rural northern Sierra town of Taylorsville. The
duration of this position is six to nine months, but successful apprenticeships frequently result in
full time, regular employment with us.
Job Duties
The apprentice will be involved in a variety of projects focused on forest and watershed health,
rural community development, forest industry workforce development, environmental justice
and the well-being of rural communities. The position involves substantial research, writing and
collaboration with community partners.

• Experience working with underserved communities; • Interest in environmental justice issues in rural communities; • An undergraduate or advanced degree in the social science, natural resources or related field; • Excellent written and oral communication skills; • Experience with qualitative and/or quantitative social science research methods; • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel); • A willingness to work and live in a rural, mountainous area that receives snow and ice in winter; • A team-oriented perspective with a productive level of self-guidance and initiative; • An ability to bring critical thinking skills, creativity, and laughter to the workplace; • A personal vehicle for transportation outside of work; • Experience living and/or working in a rural setting and a strong desire to learn about rural issues. • Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Skills or experiences that can fill in for desired qualifications may be considered.

Minimum Education and Experience

Minimum Months of Experience: 0
Education Required: High School
Driver's License Required: Yes
Hiring Requirements for this Job:
  • Background Checks
  • Reference Check
  • Motor Vehicle Record Check
  • About

    The Sierra Institute promotes healthy forests, watersheds, and communities by investing in
    the well-being of rural communities and strengthening their participation in natural resource
    management. Our work is grounded by the concept of triple bottom line values, supporting
    initiatives that simultaneously benefit the environment, economy, and equity within a given

    Accessible by Public Transportation: No
    Salary Range: 1,800.00 Monthly