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Overview

Rural Communities and Forest Restoration Communications Apprenticeship
Advance your knowledge and professional skills while contributing to meaningful outcomes for rural communities and landscapes
Introduction
The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment (Sierra Institute) is looking for one motivated individual to fill the position of Communications Apprentice. The selected applicant will primarily be responsible for assisting with the development and implementation of communications strategies for the full spectrum of Sierra Institute’s work. This position is a tremendous opportunity to help SI better leverage all forms of communication — from social media to the local newspaper — to better tell the story of our work and the rural communities we serve. This position presents a unique opportunity for an aspiring communications professional or science communicator to engage with professional staff and partners carrying out a wide range of programming to promote healthy and sustainable forests and watersheds by investing in the well-being of rural communities and strengthening their participation in natural resource decision-making and programs. Work will include participation in an array of programming events — including field visits, collaborative meetings, and community events — to allow the individual to tell the story of this work. Occasional travel to other rural communities throughout the state to conduct related work and research may be required. Apprenticeships will last a minimum of six months, and may be extended up to nine months by mutual agreement. Applications are due by December 20th, with an anticipated start date of January 2022.

Job Duties
The selected candidate will have the opportunity to advance their knowledge and professional skills while contributing to meaningful outcomes for rural communities and landscapes through involvement with a suite of Sierra Institute projects. Responsibility areas described below provide an overview of the core efforts the selected apprentice will contribute to. These are meant to provide a general understanding of the position, and may not capture all responsibilities.

Communications and Outreach (~70%): Responsibilities may include the full range of communications and outreach activities, including developing and curating content for social media, identifying and managing notable observations (e.g., National Forest Products Week), drafting and editing blog posts, newsletter articles, etc., and providing website design and maintenance support.

General Organizational Support (~30%): As a member of Sierra Institute’s professional staff, the apprentice will contribute to the organization’s overall pursuit of its mission. Responsibilities may include participating on field trips with youth, assisting with administrative duties in the main office, or other organizational support activities.

READ FULL POSITION DESCRIPTION HERE: https://sierrainstitute.us/new/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Communications_Apprenticeship_Spring2022.pdf

Minimum Education and Experience

Education Required: High School
Driver's License Required: Yes
Hiring Requirements for this Job:
  • Reference Check
  • Minimum Hourly Wage: approximately $2,000/month, plus shared housing

    About Sierra Institute for Community and Environment

    Our Mission
    Promoting healthy and sustainable forests and watersheds by investing in the well-being of rural communities and strengthening their participation in natural resource decision-making and programs.

    Our Approach
    Recognizing the direct relationship rural communities have with forest landscapes, Sierra Institute has advanced integrative programs that support rural environmental, economic, and community health at local, regional, and national levels for the past twenty-five years.