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December 2018

"Journey Home" Campaign and the Sierra Pacific Region

Have you ever written a rent check or made a mortgage payment and thought of all the things you’d rather do with the money? So has NAI.  Hence the “Journey Home” campaign to pay off the mortgage on the National office building—which would free up over $37,000 annually from the NAI budget! The NAI board of directors has committed to earmarking half of that savings ($18,800) for the NAI Scholarship Fund. The balance will be used to augment programs and member benefits, promote advocacy for the field, and establish a “rainy day fund” for 
building maintenance and repairs.  The Sierra Pacific Region board of directors believes this is a smart move, and we’ve agreed to donate $1,000 from our current budget to support this effort.  If you’d like to pitch in, too, visit www.interpnet.com and click on “The Journey Home.”
Learn More About the "Journey Home" Campaign

2019 Sierra Pacific Workshop: Columbia State Historic Park,

April 5-7, 2019
THEME: Digging Deeper: Mining the Past for History's Untold Stories
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!- More information and registration details later this month!

National Conference in New Orleans

Karen Barrett: Master Front-Line Interpreter
Nearly a thousand interpreters convened recently in New Orleans, including a strong contingent from the Sierra Pacific Region.  A handful of interpreters were acknowledged there for interpretive Excellence. We were pleased to have our own Karen Barrett selected this year as Master Front-Line Interpreter. Congratulations to Karen and thanks to Sara Skinner for getting her nominated.
   According to past Regional Director Robin Joy, “When I first became involved in NAI it was mostly because of Karen encouraging me to participate saying I would love it. Next thing I knew I was volunteering at every level because of her positive outreach, and then she really put me to task and asked me to take on the 

Director of our Region. She was my rock. Her love of NAI is real. Her support to NAI is unwavering. She is your back up at regional workshops, and for all tasks large and small.”
   Her nomination was also supported by Nancy Rogers, who notes “The extensive scope of Karen’s skills and experience has led her down many paths that an Interpreter can take in a varied career.  Throughout, Karen maintains her interpreter’s unique ability to be relevant and effective as she communicates to agency staffs and leaders, as well as elected officials, volunteers, and the visiting public.  To me, being a Master Front-Line Interpreter means being able to speak to any audience in a way they can understand, but it also implies a mastery of skills in any interpretive capacity-planning, exhibits, teaching, coaching, writing and connecting people with the resources around them.”
   The Master Front-Line Interpreter is presented to an NAI member who has worked for five or more years in the profession and does not supervise the work of others. Recipients demonstrate a mastery of interpretive techniques, program development, and design of creative projects. Any member may submit a nomination.  Who do you know that should be honored next year?

Keynote Speaker: Michael Twitty
Read More About Michael Twitty
Coming Soon: Full Conference Review from Members Who Attended
Next month's newsletter will include resources from the conference, session reviews from members who attended, a full review of the experiences from scholarship recipients, pictures, and more! If you attended and would like to share anything about your experience, especially session reviews and notes, please send me an email using the link below for more information!
Share Your Interest/Experience

NAI/ZWPA Online Conference This Month!

Register NOW for the Zoos, Wildlife Parks & Aquaria Community online conference! The ZWPA Community is a section of the National Association for Interpretation. 
Our annual online conference is December 13th from 11 am- 4 pm ET (adjust for your time zone). It is a great way to get 24 continuing education hours for recertification since this is a community conference.  Just use your registration form or fill out this form for this conference to use for recertification https://www.interpnet.com/nai/docs/CIT/continuing_ed.pdf
Conference theme: Non-Personal Interpretation: Exhibits, Graphics, Technology & Writing 

Registration is open via the NAI website at:  https://www.interpnet.com/nai/nai/_events/Registration_Folder/Webinar_Display.aspx?EventKey=zwpa_2018

Cost: 
NAI Members $69 
Non-members: $84
Group rate for same institution: $119 
Outside of North America: $119

We hope to "see" you there! 

Thought Provoking Readings and Tools for Your Down-Time

Grapevine
"The Grapevine is a free monthly e-newsletter intended to help inform North Bay Area educators about science and environmental education resources, events, opportunities, etc. To receive the Grapevine, just send an email asking to be added to the Grapevine email list to: mroa@sonic.net"
--Mike Roa
Read the November Grapevine
Read the December Grapevine
Write for Legacy Magazine

Want to write for Legacy magazine? Here are themes for 2019:

January/February: Interpreting Hate
March/April: Interpreting Urban Landscapes
May/June: Interpreting the Unlovable
July/August: Interpreting Interpretation: Telling the Story of What We Do
September/October: Virtual Interpretation/Technology in Interpretation 
November/December: Interpreting Music

Contact legacy@interpnet.com with story ideas!

More Information

Sierra Pacific Region Opportunities Board:
Jobs, Volunteering, Service and Certifications

(send in opportunities with your organization, it is FREE ADVERTISING)
 *Important Note: No organization paid in any form for advertising. All opportunities listed below were posted onto the NAI Sierra Pacific Region Facebook page by individuals or emailed to me directly, and the listings were transferred here for your convenience. If you would like your organization's job opening/opportunity to be featured in this section, please submit to either ryanbangssmc2015@gmail.com or post an advertisement to the NAI Sierra Pacific Region group on Facebook and I will do my best to include it in next month's newsletter. Thank you.*
Job Opportunities
California
Interpretive Student Aide I/II in Alameda/Contra Costa County, CA
East Bay Regional Park District
Job Posting

Interpretive Student Aides are currently enrolled high school and college students who work alongside Naturalist staff to provide interpretive programs and public information in a park visitor center and surrounding parklands. These paid positions are designed for students considering a career in interpretation, environmental education, natural history, cultural history, or park professions while supplementing their current coursework in natural science and/or cultural history. In addition to gaining natural and cultural history information relating to parks, students will develop interpretive skills in this training position.
Parks Programs Coordinator in Santa Clara County, CA
Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation
Job Posting

Under general direction, to research, coordinate, implement and evaluate park programs, special events, outreach activities, and day-to-day operations.
Parks Program Coordinator positions are located in the Parks and Recreation Department, and support different specialized programs.
State Park Interpreter IL?State Park Interpreter I in Sacramento, CA
California State Parks
Job Posting

The State Park Interpreter II will help coordinate and implement high quality interpretive programming and events at the California State Capitol Museum, Stanford Mansion, and other select Capital District sites.  This includes working collaboratively with partners, other staff, and volunteers to deliver a large amount of interpretive programs and events to diverse audiences.  The State Park Interpreter II will oversee the units PORTS programs and will be tasked with expanding other social and digital interpretive program offerings for the sector.  This position will work proactively with other State Park staff and partners to maintain and provide oversight to park unit websites, social media pages, and other media materials.  This position will be part of a multidisciplinary team that researches, creates and installs professional museum exhibits.  The State Park Interpreter II will also provide guidance to sector volunteer programs to help ensure that the units provide quality visitor service and interpretive programs. 
Nevada
Development Officer in Reno, NV
Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation
Job Posting

The Development Officer will be an essential part of the Parks Foundation leadership team. This person will manage development operations in order to ensure a formidable future for this grassroots organization. This person will also be the primary supervisor to three AmeriCorps VISTA members. VISTA supervisor duties include conducting on-site orientations and training, evaluations and project delegation and support.
Volunteer/Service Opportunities
Nevada
Programs and Events Coordinated VISTA in Reno, NV
Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation
Job Posting

The Programs and Events Coordinator VISTA will be an essential member of the team for this young non-profit organization. The Programs and Events Coordinator will serve to expand, organize, and promote the “Healthy Parks Healthy People” programs and events, including the Truckee Meadows Trails Challenge, the Discover Your Parks Walks, and the Idlewild Health Walks. These efforts help ensure that low-income youth and adults are being active in their parks. This member position includes maintaining relationships with partner organizations and increasing TMPF’s community outreach and inclusion in collaboration with the Communications Coordinator VISTA.
Communications Coordinator VISTA in Reno, NV
Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation
Job Posting

The Communications Coordinator VISTA will be an essential member of the team for this young non-profit organization. This VISTA will help develop a marketing and outreach plan for TMPF. This person will enhance the advertising and outreach strategies used to promote TMPF programs and events via social media, PR, and streamlined website design.
Wellness Education Coordinator VISTA in Reno, NV
Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation
Job Posting

The Wellness Education Coordinator VISTA will be an essential member of the team for this young non-profit organization. This person will primarily serve to develop a physical education component to the Student Stewards program. The Student Stewards Program uses public parks within walking distance of under-served schools as learning laboratories. Students engage in hands-on citizen science research with a goal of improved academic engagement and better preparation for educational success. This will include maintaining relationships with Washoe County schools administration and teachers, developing and fine-tuning curriculum, and training volunteers through workshops and training days. This VISTA will also develop a standardized physical education component for the summer camp and rebrand the camp as “active” to promote physical activity as being important across the community. This VISTA will also expand and maintain other TMPF programs, including the Junior Naturalist program.

 

VISTA Leader in Reno, NV
Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation
Job Posting

The VISTA Leader will be an essential member of the team for this young nonprofit organization. This person will help to support Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation in conjunction with a fellow VISTA Leader in assisting the Executive Director in VISTA recruitment and retention by improving and maintaining an applicant database, updating and dispersing position descriptions, and interviewing eligible candidates.

The VISTA Leader will increase the professional development opportunities offered to VISTA members at TMPF, Carson City Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces, and Washoe County Health District. VISTA Leader’s play a crucial role in providing support to VISTAs through one-on-one meetings, providing resources throughout service, and promoting a spirit of service for host sites. The VISTA Leader will help improve data collection procedures and maintain TMPF’s performance measures database.  

Smoke-Free Workplace Specialist VISTA in Reno, NV
Washoe County Health District
Job Posting

The Smoke Free Workplace Specialist will be an essential member of the Nevada Tobacco Prevention Coalition (NTPC) team which is focused on expanding smoke free workplaces in Washoe County. NTPC is a statewide coalition and the VISTA member will serve under the Washoe County Health District (WCHD) who is a member of NTPC. The VISTA member will have a primary office space at the WCHD, collaborating with the Chronic Disease Prevention Program (CDPP). This person will assist with community assessment efforts related to SF workplaces including measuring community attitudes and responsiveness to educational and advocacy messages. The primary duties and activities will be related to developing and implementing a marketing outreach and education plan. Implementation of the plan will include outreach and education through a variety of platforms including in-person meetings, letters, social media, website content, and presentations. The VISTA member will receive guidance from the Health Educator Coordinator at the Washoe County Health District and the Community Programs Manager at the Nevada Cancer Coalition (NCC) while engaging with a variety of community partners, leaders and decision makers.

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist VISTA in Reno, NV
Washoe County Health District
Job Posting

The Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist will be an essential member of the Washoe County Health District (WCHD) Chronic Disease Prevention Program (CDPP) team. This person will assist with developing and building program knowledge and infrastructure in areas of substance abuse. The primary duties and activities will be related to researching, and helping develop and implement a community-wide marketing outreach and education plan. Implementation of the plan will include outreach and education through a variety of platforms including in-person meetings, letters, social media, website content, and presentations. The VISTA member will receive guidance from the Health Educator at the WCHD and the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) Project Coordinator at the Reno Police Department while engaging with a variety of community partners, leaders and decision makers.

Professional Certification/Development Opportunities
California
Certified Interpretive Host Train-the-Trainers Workshop in Palm Desert, CA
National Association for Interpretation
Certification Posting
December 11-14 or December 12 & 13, 2018

The Living Desert, in partnership with the National Association for Interpretation (NAI), is offering a training course designed for staff or volunteers who have contact with the public, but do not necessarily lead interpretive programs.  Anyone age 16 or over with a desire to increase their knowledge and skills related to customer service and interpretation may participate. 
Certified Interpretive Guide Training Course in Palm Desert, CA
National Association for Interpretation
Certification Posting
January 22-26, 2019

The nationally recognized Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) program is designed for anyone in the interpretive field. Whether you’re a new hire, a professional looking to refresh your skills, or beginning a second career, this course will aid you in improving your presentation techniques. The course combines the theoretical foundations of the profession with practical strategies in delivering quality interpretive programming to visitors.
Certified Interpretive Host Training Workshop Palm Desert, CA
National Association for Interpretation
Certification Posting
February 1-2, 2019

The Living Desert, in partnership with the National Association for Interpretation (NAI), is offering a training course designed for staff or volunteers who have contact with the public, but do not necessarily lead interpretive programs.  Anyone age 16 or over with a desire to increase their knowledge and skills related to customer service and interpretation may participate. 
Nevada
Calendar of Events
Advertise your events here. This newsletter reaches nearly 1,000 interpreters within the Sierra Pacific Region. If your organization is looking for some free advertising, look no further. What better group to advertise your interpretive programs to than a group of fellow interpreters? Email ryanbangssmc2015@gmail.com with any events you want to add.
Upcoming Events and Programs throughout Region 9. Click on dates for more info:

 

  • December- East Bay Regional Parks District Events Calendar
    • "Regional in Nature" guide for November-December
  • December- California State Parks Events Calendar
    • Many unique events at State Parks throughout the state of CA
  • December- National Parks Service Events Calendar (CA)
    • Many unique events at National Parks throughout the state of CA
  • December- Nevada State Parks Events Calendar
    • Many unique events at State Parks throughout the state of NV
  • December- National Parks Service Events Calendar (NV)
    • Many unique events at National Parks throughout the state of NV
NAI Region 9 Public Group
NAI Region 9 Official Website
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