Reclaiming the Sierra Conference Intern

Reclaiming the Sierra Conference Intern

Unpaid Internship for Fall Semester, 2019

September 2 – October 31, 2019

Job Summary: The Sierra Fund is seeking a fall intern to support development and implementation of the workplan for the upcoming Reclaiming the Sierra Conference, scheduled for October 16 – 18, 2019 to be held at the Gold Miners Inn in Grass Valley California. 

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work: This is a part-time, volunteer position.  Duties are to be performed at The Sierra Fund’s office in Nevada City. Schedule is flexible but limited to normal business hours at The Sierra Fund. The ideal candidate will have 8-12 hours available per week leading up to the conference.

Description of Duties: The intern will serve a variety of support roles to senior staff on these areas of work:

  • Outreach:  Supporting the development of outreach efforts to publicize the conference including:
    • Identifying opportunities to publicize conference
    • Adapting draft materials as needed for new publicity opportunities
    • Supporting social media outreach for the conference
    • Supporting traditional media outreach: press packets
  • Logistics:  Support the development of logistical elements of the program including:
    • Reception:  art, speakers, food
    • Conference: floor plan, exhibit space, food, signage
    • Tour: tour packets, maps, timing, lunch
  • Program:  Support the development of program details and speaker outreach including:
    • Program brochure and materials
    • Speaker logistics details
    • Technology needs
  • Registration & Website: support staff efforts including:
    • Updating registration details and website
    • Tracking registration
  • Sponsors: support recruitment and management of sponsors/exhibitors including:
    • Supporting outreach and follow-up to potential sponsors
    • Tracking and assigning booth space
    • Clarifying booth needs (power? Internet?)

Qualifications: The intern should have a demonstrated interest in and familiarity with the mission of The Sierra Fund. Background in natural resource policy and/or scientific training is important. 

The intern will work in a team of professionals on every element of the conference, and will be given specific directions based on their skills and demonstrated areas of expertise. Interns should be able to follow directions, ask questions when needing direction, and be comfortable being responsible to other team members for work performance. 

Compensation: This position is not paid. However, Intern will be eligible for free admission to the RTS Conference. Letters of recommendation and a comprehensive list of duties accomplished will be provided to successful interns upon internship completion.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Jenny Michael at Position is Open Until Filled.

About The Sierra Fund: The Sierra Fund works in the spirit of service to the Sierra Nevada’s natural resources and communities. We use science and advocacy to pursue our mission to restore ecosystem and community resiliency in the Sierra Nevada. The Sierra Fund is a place-based organization. We are of the Sierra Nevada and for the Sierra Nevada, and the nature of this place informs how we have approached our mission.

The Sierra Fund promotes headwater resiliency with a vision of adaptive recovery for the environment and communities that are still blighted from centuries-old resource extraction. We identify, articulate, assess and implement ways to address these lasting impacts as demonstrated in the body of work that we have developed over the last ten years. We are informed by science, but led by community.

About the Conference: Reclaiming the Sierra 2019: Headwater Mercury Source Reduction is TSF’s fifth biannual conference to assess and address the impacts of the Gold Rush era on California’s communities and natural resources. The focus of this year’s three-day event is TSF’s comprehensive strategy to address four key mercury contamination targets in the Sierra Nevada. The conference brings together a network of scientists, technical experts, state leaders, community advocates, First People, and the interested public and builds support for priority actions identified by TSF’s Headwater Mercury Source Reduction (HMSR) Technical Advisory Committee. The conference includes informative workshops, a tour, and a reception.