As announced last month, The Sierra Fund has received a grant of $150,000 for an eighteen month project to assess and begin to address the problem of mining toxics in the Sierra Nevada.
The Sierra Fund’s new Mining Toxics Initiative will lay the groundwork for development and implementation of a comprehensive plan to remediate environmental problems, develop health interventions to reduce the risk to Sierra communities, and protect the health of humans and wildlife throughout the Sierra and the downstream communities of the San Francisco bay area. This project will:
- Conduct a comprehensive needs assessment that will lay out what is known about the environmental and the public health threats presented by historic mining in the Sierra as well as identify where more information is needed. This assessment is now underway by CSU Chico researchers from the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences and the Department of Public Health.
- Engage stakeholders in assessing the problem and designing needed responses; involve community members and policymakers in understanding and planning solutions for the legacy of mining toxics.
- Develop a “blue ribbon panel” that will oversee completion of a comprehensive plan for environmental remediation and public health treatment response, which will be completed within one year of the start of the planning process. The outcome of this plan will be to lay the groundwork for the implementation of a regional strategy to address mining’s toxic legacy.
A key element of this program is outreach in the region to identify and engage community partners in this program. To accomplish this, The Sierra Fund will hire “Regional Coordinators” as consultants for the following tasks:
● Identify and establish partnerships with at least 6 key community based groups in each region, including organizations serving young children and their families, low-income, Native American and Latino communities to serve as stakeholders in assessing the health and environmental impacts caused by abandoned Sierra mines.
● Identify and work with community leaders in the region to develop and implement focus groups to determine knowledge, attitudes and beliefs of residents about the health and well being of their families and communities related to exposure to mining toxins.
● Conduct at least 2 public meetings in each region to present results from the information gathering phase and to begin process of engaging stakeholders in designing solutions to address impact of mining toxics.
Regional Coordinators are needed in two areas:
Northern Sierra counties: Plumas, Butte, Shasta, Tehama, Modoc
Eastern Sierra counties: Lassen, Placer, Nevada, Sierra, Mono, Alpine, Inyo
Applicants for the Regional Coordinator contracts should have some background in community organizing, be familiar with their region, and capable of ensuring active participation in the planning processes by community members and anchor organizations. They must have reliable transportation and the ability to work independently. Experience with multi-cultural or rural communities is desirable.
Coordinators will meet either in person or via teleconference call at least twice monthly. The Coordinators will be supervised by the CEO.
Compensation will be set commensurate with experience. This is a consulting position with no employee benefits.
To apply, send a letter stating your interest in the position, with a short resume of related experience and the names and phone numbers of three references, to: