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Job descriptions for the 2019 seasonal staff positions are posted below. We will accept applications starting January 1, 2019. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

If you have questions about the job application process, please contact Jessica Schneider, Office Director, at (760) 647-6595 x120.

  • Mono Lake Intern
    1. TITLE: Mono Lake Intern
      SALARY: $12.00/hour
      STATUS: Non-exempt, full-time
      DURATION: June 1 through September 15 (somewhat flexible for students)
      ORGANIZATION: Mono Lake Committee
      LOCATION: Lee Vining, California
      SUPERVISED BY: Office Director

      Interns participate in a variety of tasks to assist with the Committee’s non-profit, mission-focused work. Duties include; leading education programs (30%), staffing the Information Center & Bookstore (40%), and work in the Mono Lake Committee office with projects (30%) related to the organization’s mission to protect and restore Mono Lake. The Mono Lake Committee is a grassroots, non-profit organization with over 16,000 members. Asking visitors to support Mono Lake through membership is an important part of working in the Information Center & Bookstore. The Mono Lake Intern position is valuable for those wanting to further their communication skills and gain practical experience working for a successful environmental non-profit.

      PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
      • Staff the Information Center & Bookstore counter, provide information, answer questions for visitors, and sign up interested visitors to be members of the Mono Lake Committee. Duties on the front counter also include handling retail sales, stocking shelves, and keeping up store appearance.
      • Lead education programs at Mono Lake, including guided canoe tours on Mono Lake and walking tours of the South Tufa area.
      • Answer phones, fulfill information requests via phone, mail, and email, assist with Mono Lake Committee membership projects and recruitment, event planning, social media, writing assignments, and other office and field tasks needed to support operations and mission.
      • Other duties and projects may be assigned based on skills, interest, initiative, and mission-driven needs.

      QUALIFICATIONS:
      • Strong work ethic, positive and collaborative attitude.
      • Strong communications skills, both written and verbal.
      • Desire to learn more about how a successful non-profit operates.
      • Ability to work one or two opening bookstore shifts (7:30am start) per week.
      • Ability to work one or two closing bookstore shifts (until 9:30pm) per week.
      • Ability to work one or two 6:30am canoe tour shifts each weekend.
      • Flexibility under a changing schedule.
      • Desire to interpret natural history and environmental water issues for the public.
      • Desire to understand and solve environmental problems from a solution-oriented perspective.
      • Ability to quickly understand local natural history and complex California water issues.
      • A car is required for work-related travel (mileage is reimbursed), and a good driving record is required.
      • Final hiring is contingent on Live Scan fingerprint background check and driving record check.

      BENEFITS:
      • Employee discount on merchandise in the Information Center & Bookstore.
      • Mileage is paid for all job-related travel.
      • Shared housing may be available in Lee Vining.
      • Working at Mono Lake!

      GENERAL INFORMATION:
      The Mono Lake Committee is a 16,000 member non-profit citizens’ group dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Mono Basin ecosystem; educating the public about Mono Lake and the impacts on the environment of excessive water use; and promoting cooperative solutions that meet real water needs without transferring environmental problems to other areas.

      The local area is comprised of sagebrush steppe, pinyon-juniper, and Jeffrey pine forest plant communities, 46,000 acres of Mono Lake, numerous 12,000+ foot Sierra peaks, and plug-dome volcanoes. The Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore is in the town of Lee Vining (pop. 400, elev. 6,780'), on the eastern edge of Yosemite National Park near Mono Lake. The town is located adjacent to the Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area, and the Ansel Adams and Hoover wilderness areas. Lee Vining is situated along Highway 395, 30 miles north of Mammoth Lakes, California and 110 miles south of Carson City, Nevada.

      Intern positions are temporary, lasting from three to six months. Interns work 40 hours per week with two consecutive days off. Housing may be available through the Committee at $265/month (sorry, no pets). Interns also receive a discount on merchandise from the Information Center & Bookstore, and get the great benefit of living in the Eastern Sierra and working for a successful environmental non-profit. Field orientation and training is provided along with First Aid and CPR certification for those who don’t have it.


      APPLICATION PROCESS:
      Applications will be accepted starting January 1, 2019. To apply, send a cover letter and résumé via email to Jessica Schneider, Office Director. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. For more information, contact Jessica at (760) 647-6595 x120. PDF of the Mono Lake Intern job description here.


  • Birding Intern
    1. TITLE: Birding Intern
      SALARY: $12.00/hour
      STATUS: Non-exempt, full-time
      DURATION: May 15 through September 15 (somewhat flexible for students)
      ORGANIZATION: Mono Lake Committee
      LOCATION: Lee Vining, California
      SUPERVISED BY: Education Program Manager

      The Birding Intern position is similar to the Mono Lake Intern position, but has a special emphasis on leading interpretive bird walks, researching birds and birding issues, assisting with ongoing research projects, and assisting with the Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua. The Birding Intern works closely with five other Interns who assist with Mono Lake Committee interpretive education programs, staff the busy Information Center & Bookstore, and work in the Mono Lake Committee office to help carry out efficient work in the areas of education, communication, policy, membership, and overall operations. The Birding Intern’s duties are roughly divided among 35% time in the field leading programs, 35% staffing the Information Center & Bookstore, and 30% working in the office. Subscribing Mono Lake Committee members and renewals is an important part of staffing the Information Center & Bookstore. This position is ideal for bird enthusiasts wanting to further their interpretive and communication skills and gain experience in environmental non-profit work.

      PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
      • Lead weekly morning bird walks along the northwest shore of Mono Lake.

      • Provide interpretive environmental education programs at Mono Lake, including guided canoe tours on Mono Lake and walking tours of the South Tufa area.
      • Staff the Information Center & Bookstore counter, provide information, answer questions for visitors, and sign up interested visitors to be members of the Mono Lake Committee. Duties on the front counter also include handling retail sales, stocking shelves, and keeping up store appearance.
      • Answer phones; fulfill information requests via phone, mail and email and assist with office and field tasks needed to support operations and mission.
      • Coordinate with a local network of organizations and individuals interested in birds and birding.
      • Assist with bird research on Mono Lake as job schedule allows.
      • Research and develop materials and programs designed to promote birding-related recreation in the Mono Basin.
      • Assist with the annual Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua.
      • Other duties as assigned based on skills, interest, initiative, and organization needs.


      QUALIFICATIONS:
      • Basic knowledge of birds and field identification through experience and/or education.
      • Strong communications skills—both written and verbal.
      • Strong work ethic, positive attitude, and team approach.
      • Desire to learn more about how a successful non-profit operates.
      • Ability to be flexible under a changing schedule.
      • Desire to interpret natural history and environmental water issues for the public.
      • Desire to understand and solve environmental problems from a solution-oriented perspective.
      • The ability to quickly understand complicated natural history and California water issues.
      • A car is required for work-related travel (mileage is reimbursed).
      • Final hiring is contingent on Live Scan fingerprint background check and driving record check.

      BENEFITS:
      • Employee discount on merchandise in the Information Center & Bookstore.
      • Mileage is paid for all job-related travel.
      • Shared housing may be available in Lee Vining.
      • Working at Mono Lake!

      GENERAL INFORMATION:
      The Mono Lake Committee is a 16,000 member non-profit citizens’ group dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Mono Basin ecosystem; educating the public about Mono Lake and the impacts on the environment of excessive water use; and promoting cooperative solutions that meet real water needs without transferring environmental problems to other areas.

      The local area is comprised of sagebrush steppe, pinyon-juniper, and Jeffrey pine forest plant communities, 46,000 acres of Mono Lake, numerous 12,000+ foot Sierra peaks, and plug-dome volcanoes. The Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore is in the town of Lee Vining (pop. 400, elev. 6,780'), on the eastern edge of Yosemite National Park near Mono Lake. The town is located adjacent to the Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area, and the Ansel Adams and Hoover wilderness areas. Lee Vining is situated along Highway 395, 30 miles north of Mammoth Lakes, California and 110 miles south of Carson City, Nevada.

      The Birding Intern position is temporary, lasting from 4–6 months. The Birding Intern works 40 hours per week with two consecutive days off. Housing is available through the Committee at $265/month (sorry, no pets). Field orientation and training is provided along with First Aid and CPR certification for those who don’t have it.


      APPLICATION PROCESS:
      Applications will be accepted starting January 1, 2019. To apply, send a cover letter and résumé via email to Rose Nelson, Education Program Manager. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. For more information, contact Rose at (760) 647-6595 x113. PDF of Birding Intern position here.



  • Canoe Program Coordinator (FILLED FOR 2019)
    1. TITLE: Canoe Program Coordinator
      SALARY: $13.00–$14.00/hour, based on experience
      STATUS: Non-exempt, full-time
      DURATION: mid-May to mid-September
      ORGANIZATION: Mono Lake Committee
      LOCATION: Lee Vining, California
      SUPERVISED BY: Education Program Manager

      The Canoe Program Coordinator position has been filled for 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Rose Nelson, Education Program Manager at (760) 647-6595 x113.



  • Outdoor Education Instructor (FILLED FOR 2019)
    1. TITLE: Outdoor Education Instructor
      SALARY: Non-profit range, depends on experience
      STATUS: Full-time, temporary
      DURATION: May through October
      ORGANIZATION: Mono Lake Committee
      LOCATION: Lee Vining, California
      SUPERVISED BY: Education Program Manager

      Since 1995, the Mono Lake Committee has operated a successful outdoor education program connecting youth from the City of Los Angeles to the northern terminus of their city’s aqueduct and watershed 335 miles distant. The Outdoor Education Center (OEC) program combines watershed education, experiential education, muscle-powered recreation, and stewardship projects to build understanding and appreciation for Mono Lake and the Los Angeles watershed. The program uses the historic Cain Ranch and the former aqueduct foreman’s house, now the site for the Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center. The site is leased on a long-term basis from the City of Los Angeles.


      The surrounding Eastern Sierra region is the outdoor classroom. Mono Lake and its surrounding 700 square miles of Sierra Nevada and Western Great Basin provide endless opportunities for learning, rewarding experiences, and stewardship activities. The program operates in partnership with the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, and under a priority special-use permit with the Inyo National Forest.

      Groups participating in the OEC program at Mono Lake include Los Angeles schools and community groups and regional school groups from elementary school to college level. Approximately 18 groups participate from late May through October. Groups are comprised of students of all ages, but are often middle school to high school students.

      The Outdoor Education Instructor works in the field with the Outdoor Education Center Manager. The Outdoor Education Instructor assists with education program coordination and leadership for group sizes between ten and 20 participants.

      PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
      • Lead hikes, education programs, team-building activities, and canoe trips on Mono Lake. Hikes may include challenging trails and terrain around Mono Lake or in the high country of the surrounding Mono/Yosemite region.
      • Assist in guiding and supervising (along with adult chaperones provided by the individual groups) during the five-day program. This may include some overnight shifts on-site with groups.
      • Assist with program site set-up, clean up, kitchen help, and some superficial site maintenance. The program is run at the Outdoor Education Center, a modest residence with basic amenities located five miles south of the Mono Lake Committee’s headquarters, which are in Lee Vining, California.
      • Other responsibilities include interpretive program development and preparation and leading environmental education programs for school groups participating outside the OEC program.
      • Assisting with various projects at the Mono Lake Committee office and Information Center & Bookstore in Lee Vining when there are group cancellations or gaps in the program schedule.

      QUALIFICATIONS:
      • Strong leadership and communication skills, and the desire to teach natural history and environmental water issues to young, ethnically, and culturally diverse youth.

      • Desire to understand environmental problems from a solution-oriented perspective.
      • Experience working with and/or teaching young people in an outdoor setting.
      • A car is required. Mileage will be reimbursed for occasional, work-related travel.
      • Ability to occasionally lift heavy loads up to 40 pounds.
      • Wilderness First Responder certification is required.
      • Final hiring is contingent on Live Scan fingerprint background check and driving record check.
      • Ability to speak Spanish is a plus, and canoe-paddling experience is helpful.

      The OEC program serves youth from different parts of Los Angeles, of varying ages, ethnic backgrounds, education levels, and physical fitness. Many have never experienced a wild place beyond the city, and some groups have little or no science background. The OEC program adapts to meet the needs of these youth. Staff on duty share meals, activities, housing/camping, and clean-up. There is a community atmosphere within this program that requires a myriad of staff roles—instructor, naturalist, janitor, trip leader, mentor, friend, counselor, supervisor, first-aid provider, diplomat, comedian, etc.

      BENEFITS:
      • Employee discount on merchandise in the Information Center & Bookstore.
      • Mileage is paid for all job-related travel (this does not include travel to and from the OEC site).
      • Shared housing may be available in Lee Vining.
      • Working at Mono Lake!

      GENERAL INFORMATION:
      The Mono Lake Committee is a 16,000 member non-profit citizens’ group dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Mono Basin ecosystem; educating the public about Mono Lake and the impacts on the environment of excessive water use; and promoting cooperative solutions that meet real water needs without transferring environmental problems to other areas.

      The local area is comprised of sagebrush steppe, pinyon-juniper, and Jeffrey pine forest plant communities, 46,000 acres of Mono Lake, numerous 12,000+ foot Sierra peaks, and plug-dome volcanoes. The Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore is in the town of Lee Vining (pop. 400, elev. 6,780'), on the eastern edge of Yosemite National Park near Mono Lake. The town is located adjacent to the Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area, and the Ansel Adams and Hoover wilderness areas. Lee Vining is situated along Highway 395, 30 miles north of Mammoth Lakes, California and 110 miles south of Carson City, Nevada.

      The Outdoor Education Instructor position is full-time and seasonal (temporary), from May through mid-November. This job requires extremely flexible people who are willing to work early mornings and later into the night, with changing schedules week-to-week, depending on the demands of the program. Housing is available through the Committee at $265/month (sorry, no pets). Staff receive a discount on merchandise from the Information Center & Bookstore, and get the great benefit of working for a successful environmental non-profit.


      APPLICATION PROCESS:
      Applications will be accepted starting January 1, 2019. To apply, send a cover letter and résumé via email to Rose Nelson, Education Program Manager. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. For more information, contact Rose at (760) 647-6595 x113. PDF of Outdoor Education Instructor position here.



  • Information Center & Bookstore Assistant (FILLED FOR 2019)
    1. TITLE: Information Center & Bookstore Assistant
      SALARY: $12.00–$13.00/hour, based on experience
      STATUS: Full-time (40 hours a week)
      DURATION: Seasonal (May 15 through September 30)
      ORGANIZATION: Mono Lake Committee
      LOCATION: Lee Vining, California
      SUPERVISED BY: Information Center & Bookstore Manager


      The Information Center & Bookstore Assistant promotes the Mono Lake Committee mission* in the Information Center & Bookstore by working with the retail, education, and membership programs. The staff in the bookstore are the primary representatives of the Mono Lake Committee to visitors in the Information Center. The Information Center serves approximately 67,000 visitors each year.

      PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
      • Work in the Information Center & Bookstore with our retail sales, information, education, and membership programs on a daily basis.
      • Have a thorough understanding of all Information Center & Bookstore functions and products. This includes knowing the point-of-sale cash register system, store opening and closing procedures, safety procedures, and a familiarity with all store products.
      • Promote Mono Lake Committee membership to visitors, and sign up new members.
      • Ensure that the store is neat, clean, and well-stocked at all times.
      • Clean the store and restroom on a routine basis.
      • Assist with receiving, stocking, and displaying merchandise.
      • Effectively communicate the Mono Lake Committee’s mission, policies, Mono Lake ecology, and current events to visitors.
      • Provide visitors with detailed and accurate information about Lee Vining, the Mono Basin, Yosemite National Park, and the Eastern Sierra.
      • Stock and maintain tourist information binders and Chamber of Commerce area.
      • Promote and show The Mono Lake Story film to interested visitors.
      • Serve as a positive role model for all staff and assist Information Center & Bookstore Manager in monitoring the work of other seasonal staff.
      • Assist with canoe tour and field seminar reservations, answering phones, and other tasks as needed.

      QUALIFICATIONS:
      • Excellent customer service and money handling skills.
      • Strong work ethic, positive attitude, and team player approach.
      • Enthusiasm for and commitment to the Mono Lake Committee mission.
      • Ability to be detail-oriented, organized, and an independent worker.
      • Ability to work well with the public.
      • Ability to work weekends.
      • Ability to work 3–4 opening shifts (7:30am start) per week.
      • Ability to work 3–4 closing shifts (until 9:30pm) per week.
      • Ability to delegate tasks to other seasonal staff.
      • Flexibility under a changing schedule.
      • Ability to quickly understand local natural history and complex California water issues.
      • Sales experience preferred, but specific training will be provided.
      • Ability to lift 40 pounds and stand for up to eight hours per day.

      BENEFITS:
      • Employee discount on merchandise in the Information Center & Bookstore.
      • Mileage is paid for any job-related travel.
      • Shared housing may be available in Lee Vining.
      • Working at Mono Lake!

      GENERAL INFORMATION:
      *The Mono Lake Committee is a 16,000 member non-profit citizens’ group dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Mono Basin ecosystem; educating the public about Mono Lake and the impacts on the environment of excessive water use; and promoting cooperative solutions that meet real water needs without transferring environmental problems to other areas.

      The local area is comprised of sagebrush steppe, pinyon-juniper, and Jeffrey pine forest plant communities, 46,000 acres of Mono Lake, numerous 12,000+ foot Sierra peaks, and plug-dome volcanoes. The Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore is in the town of Lee Vining (pop. 400, elev. 6,780'), on the eastern edge of Yosemite National Park near Mono Lake. The town is located adjacent to the Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area, and the Ansel Adams and Hoover wilderness areas. Lee Vining is situated along Highway 395, 30 miles north of Mammoth Lakes, California and 110 miles south of Carson City, Nevada.

      T he Information Center & Bookstore Assistant position is temporary, lasting about four months. The Information Center & Bookstore Assistant works 40 hours per week with two consecutive days off. Housing may be available through the Committee for $265/month (sorry, no pets). The Information Center & Bookstore Assistant also receives a discount on merchandise from the Information Center & Bookstore, and gets the great benefit of working for a successful environmental non-profit.

      APPLICATION PROCESS:
      Applications will be accepted starting January 1, 2019. To apply, send a cover letter and résumé via email to Lily Pastel, Information Center & Bookstore Manager. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. For more information, contact Lily at (760) 647-6595 x130. PDF of the Information Center & Bookstore Assistant job description here.


  • Volunteer at Mono Lake
    1. We welcome volunteers at any time. If you are interested in volunteering at Mono Lake, please contact Jessica Schneider, Office Director at (760) 647-6595 x120.


 

 


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The Mono Lake Committee is a non-profit citizens' group dedicated to:

Protecting and restoring the Mono Basin ecosystem;

educating the public about Mono Lake and the impacts on the environment of excessive water use; and

promoting cooperative solutions that protect Mono Lake and meet real water needs without transferring environmental problems to other areas.

 

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