February 2019

NAI Sierra Pacific Spring 2019 Workshop

Presenter and Scholarship Application Deadlines Extended!

We hope to see you April 5-7, 2019 at Columbia State Historic Park for the NAI Sierra Pacific Region Spring 2019 Workshop in Columbia, California! This year's theme is Digging Deeper: Mining the Past for History’s Untold Stories. We invite you to attend workshop sessions, off-site learning trips and group events during the weekend.

Register for the 2019 Regional Workshop

DEADLINES EXTENDED until February 15 for NAI Sierra Pacific Workshop!

Because so many of you may have been affected by the Federal Government shutdown, we have extended the deadlines to submit Call-for-Presenters and Scholarship applications for the upcoming NAI a Pacific (Region 9) Workshop, April 5-7 in Columbia, CA.

Scholarships for the regional workshop are open to any NAI Sierra Pacific (Region 9) member, based on need. The deadline is now Friday, February 15. The Scholarship application is below.

Presentation proposals to give a talk at the workshop are also due on Friday, February 15. The Call-for-Presenters application is below.

The Workshop Committee is in full swing, preparing for our annual gathering. We hope you will join us in Columbia, to rediscover, refocus, refresh or perhaps reach out for the first time with your fellow interpreters.

For more information about the workshop, please visit our webpage. Pass the word to friends, students and colleagues!

Scholarship Application
Presenter Application

Keeping Region 9 Strong

The National Conference in New Orleans has come and gone, now it’s almost time for our Regional Workshop in April. The announcements have been sent out for everyone to register. The call for Presenters has been made. The Workshop committee led by Elise McFarland, our Region’s Deputy Director, and the Workshop Co-Chair Lisa Borok have all been hard at work for the last year preparing for this fun event.

This is just one of the activities that your Board members prepare for throughout the year. Region 9 Director, Brian Cahill, Deputy Director, Elise McFarland, Treasurer Laura Drath, and myself, your Secretary, have been hard at work to keep the Region running smoothly and to make sure we meet all the deadlines of our Strategic Plan’s goals and Core Values timelines.

This last month we made sure we listened to your requests from the Region’s meeting of members at the NOLA

Conference of what you wanted to see in the way of branded merchandise, how much money you wanted to see to distributed for the National Journey Home Campaign to retire the mortgage on the building in Colorado and, of course, the possible meet-ups to encourage new membership and for the retention of current members.

Robin Wellman has come up with a list of a merchandise that we think will be a hit at the Regional Workshop, so be sure to check out what we have to offer. Laura Drath has already been informed that the $1,000 that was agreed upon has already been approved for the Journey Home Campaign. The revision of our Strategic Plan, along with the meeting of our Core Values has shown that we are a strong Region going into this next year.

We know that there has been a lot of interest in not only the yearly Regional Workshop but also in smaller mini meet-ups. This is an area we do hope to expand on in the coming year. What better way to get to know each other and continue to inspire each other than to gather together to socialize and share stories and tips of the trade?

Keep this in mind if you hear of a meet-up in your area or if you think you would like to have a meet-up close by. We are always here to listen to your thoughts about what you what and what you think might help Region 9 remain strong.

Your Secretary, Debi Espinoza-Bylin

Register for the 2019 Regional Workshop

InterpTech 2019

April 29th - May 2 2019
Asilomar State Park & Conference Grounds
Pacific Grove, California

NAI and California State Parks are partnering once again to bring you three days of innovation, interpretation, and technology. The fourth annual InterpTech conference will explore the intersection of technology and interpretation. The conference will take place at Asilomar State Park & Conference Grounds on the Monterey Peninsula.

The event opens the evening of Monday, April 29, with Digital Media Madness, a reception and showcase of the latest and greatest in technology that can enhance interpretation. April 30-May 2, we're putting together a schedule of cutting-edge presenters and special events that we'll announce soon. We'll wrap up in the early afternoon on Thursday, May 2.

Space is limited and we sell out regularly, so be sure to sign up soon!

Call for Presentations
Present a session or showcase your technological wizardry at Digital Media Madness.

Scholarship Deadline
InterpTech offers a limited number of scholarships. Apply by February 25!
InterpTech 2019 Information

Keynote Speaker Address from 2018 National Conference

Michael Twitty presents the keynote address at the 2018 National Association for Interpretation conference in New Orleans. Definitely worth a watch for anyone who was not able to attend, and to be honest, I watched it all over again!

Thought Provoking Readings and Tools for Your Down-Time

Legacy Magazine - January/February 2019
Legacy, NAI's premier periodical, offers a forum for professionals in the field to exchange ideas and information. Articles, columns, and commentaries deal with practical issues relevant to frontline interpreters, planners, and managers.
Read the 2019 January/February Issue of Legacy
"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:"
--Mike Roa
Read the January Issue of Grapevine

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

 *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 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
Watershed Educator in Alameda County, CA
Alameda County Resource Conservation District
Job Posting

Reporting to the Watershed Education Coordinator, the primary duties of Watershed Educators 1 & 2 are to prepare for and teach watershed educational programs for 4th to 6th grades at the Sunol AgPark and/or at area schools as needed; and to provide associated tasks as needed to implement these and other watershed educational programs.
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.
Conservation Educator 2 in Reno, NV
Nevada Department of Wildlife
Job Posting

Conservation Educators plan, organize, implement and evaluate educational programs designed to teach hunter and boating safety, environmental concepts and other wildlife related areas to the public, and participate in public relations activities.
Incumbents possess a degree of knowledge and proficiency sufficient to perform work independently with little or no additional training.
The position will serve as the Urban Wildlife Coordinator and will be the first point of contact for the public in regards to questions, concerns, or reports about urban wildlife conflicts. In addition, the incumbent plans, organizes, implements, and conducts educational programs about the behaviors of wildlife, how to prevent human-wildlife conflicts, and what to do when conflicts arise. Inquiries or complaints about urban wildlife generally come from those who are unfamiliar with wildlife and are often concerned for their own or someone else's safety or for the animal itself. The position creates educational programs to address specific community needs regarding human-wildlife conflict; develops lesson plans and visual aid materials based on those needs; researches the specific subject matter of interest, evaluating programs presented elsewhere in the state or county where similar problems exist, identifying the information that best applies to the local situation and developing the appropriate format of sharing that information with the use of volunteers; and recruits, evaluates and trains volunteers for Urban Wildlife program. This position is also being recruited at Conservation Educator 3 level.
Assistant Program Manager, Volunteer Services in Oakland, CA
Oakland Zoo
Job Posting

Reporting directly to the Program Manager, Volunteer Services, the Assistant Program Director, Volunteer Services is responsible for assisting with the management of all aspects of the zoo-wide Volunteer Services Program (500+volunteers).  Provides direct supervision of the PT Volunteer Services Assistants, Docents, Zoo Ambassadors and volunteers.  Develops,implements, and monitors the Community Volunteer Program (3000+ volunteers)including the data and revenue collected as part of the Benevity Program. Coordinates with zoo staff and volunteers, as well as outside philanthropic groups, to support all zoo special events.  Conducts on-boarding process for new volunteers including presentations, interviews, and on-boarding/placement assistance.  Collaborates with the Docent Training Committee to create, provide training, and monitor the annual 15-week Docent Training Program.  Oversees the operation and maintenance of the Volgistics volunteer database for scheduling, reporting, and special events.1.0 FTE
Multiple Positions (8) in Point Reyes, CA
Point Reyes National Seashore Association
Job Posting

Point Reyes Summer Camp is staffed by a remarkable group of people who share a love for the natural world, great enthusiasm for outdoor adventure, and dedication to creating experiences that evoke awe and connection and foster confidence in children and teens. Our programs promote inclusion, change lives, and inspire the next generation of environmental stewards.

USA Jobs
The official job site of the US Federal Government. It’s your one-stop source for Federal jobs and employment information. Visit USAJobs to set up an account.

Association of Zoo & Aquariums
Job listings for zoos and aquariums across the nation, including interpretive and education jobs. Visit Association of Zoos & Aquariums – Job Listings.

Environmental Career Opportunities
A good source for naturalist jobs, some interpretive and other environmental jobs. Visit their outdoor and environmental education job listings.

North American Association for Environmental Education
Job listings for those who believe in teaching people how to think about the environment, not what to think. Listings include environmental education and interpretive jobs. Visit NAAEE’s EElinked.

California Association for Environmental & Outdoor Education
Working as the state affiliate for the North American Association of Environmental Educators (or NAAEE) this volunteer run organization is charged with providing a diverse pool of trained educators that is knowledgeable and skilled at educating today’s youth about the natural world. Visit AEOE jobs.

American Conservation Experience
Welcome to ACE: Conservation is a Human Endeavor. ACE is a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization that provides a range of voluntary service programs for both American and international participants. An opportunity to Change your Future and Restore our Lands. ACE Programs

Conservation Job Board
Discover the Latest Conservation Jobs
The world’s largest and most-visited career website in conservation, ecology, forestry, wildlife, and fisheries. CA/NV Jobs

Professional Certification/Development Opportunities
All trainings through NAI can be found on the National Website.
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. 
Certified Interpretive Guide Training Course Las Vegas, NV
National Association for Interpretation
Certification Posting
February 12-15, 2019

Get Outdoors Nevada, in partnership with the National Association for Interpretation (NAI), is offering a training course for individuals in the field of Interpretation. It is designed for individuals who deliver interpretive programs or have contact with the public at interpretive sites.
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 with any events you want to add.
Upcoming Events and Programs throughout Region 9. Click on dates for more info:


  • February- East Bay Regional Parks District Events Calendar
    • "Regional in Nature" guide for January-February
  • February- California State Parks Events Calendar
    • Many unique events at State Parks throughout the state of CA
  • February- National Parks Service Events Calendar (CA)
    • Many unique events at National Parks throughout the state of CA
  • February- Nevada State Parks Events Calendar
    • Many unique events at State Parks throughout the state of NV
  • February- National Parks Service Events Calendar (NV)
    • Many unique events at National Parks throughout the state of NV
  • April 5-7, 2019- NAI Sierra Pacific Annual Workshop
    • Theme: "Digging Deeper: Mining the Past for History's Untold Stories"
  • April 29-May 2, 2019- NAI InterpTech 2019
    • NAI and California State Parks are partnering once again to bring you three days of innovation, interpretation, and technology.
NAI Region 9 Public Group
NAI Region 9 Official Website
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