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19 Jan 2024

Part-Time Recreation and Education Program Assistant

Tuolumne River Trust – Posted by jobs@TRT Modesto, California, United States

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Job Description


The Program Assistant will work with the Central Valley Program Manager to expand efforts in riverside communities in Modesto that amplify community priorities such as safe access to parks, and environmental education. In addition, the PA will help organize and facilitate youth and family outdoor recreational activities (i.e. hiking, biking, fishing, paddling, etc.), in the lower Tuolumne river regional and/or riverside communities.


TRT is organizing underserved riverside communities in the Modesto area to involve and empower families and youth to revive the communities and the Tuolumne River that flows through them. To do this, we are building community capacity and building river stewardship through recreational activities with youth and families.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Work with the Central Valley Program Manager to expand collaborative efforts in riverside communities and advocate for safe access to parks, and environmental justice.
  • Co-facilitate Central Valley Youth Recreational Programs, including organizing and participating youth and family outdoor recreational activities (i.e. Hiking, Biking, Bird Watching, Paddling, etc.) and youth leadership activities.
  • Co-facilitate Central Valley Youth Educational Programs in collaboration with Modesto City Schools.
  • Work to promote the goals and objectives of the organization, including diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility priorities.
  • Provide Central Valley Youth Program summaries and updates for efficient Grant reporting.
  • Organize program material and maintenance program equipment.


The Ideal candidate will have a background and track record that includes:

  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent.
  • 1-2 years of work experience working with youth, communities, recreation and/or grassroots organizing.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficient computer skills.
  • Experience working independently with minimal supervision.
  • Creative problem solving qualities.
  • Physically able to work in the field (hiking, biking off trail, lifting, carrying supplies and equipment).
  • Bilingual in English/ Spanish Preferred.
  • Have a clean background check.
  • Ability to work afternoons (before 6pm).
  • Ability to work occasional Saturdays.

Equity at TRT

TRT holds a deep commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access as core principles integral to the work we do. As we add new members across all levels of the organization, we welcome diverse perspectives and lived experiences that foster learning, creativity, innovation, and equity. To read out DEIA Vision, & Values statement, visit:

Location and Travel

This position is located in our Modesto, California office. Most recreational events will also take place in Modesto.

The Program assistant will be compensated for travel but is responsible for transportation to and from riverside communities. Proof of Valid U.S. driver’s license and insurance will be requested at the time of employment.

Additional Details

TRT is an equal-opportunity employer. We believe that a diverse staff of qualified, highly skilled, and creative individuals is necessary to achieve the vision and mission of the initiative. We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who hold diverse identities and lived experiences.

The Program Assistant is a non-exempt position, 20 hours a week, with an hourly rate of $20.00 -$22.00/ per hour.

Tuolumne River Trust Background

The Tuolumne River Trust promotes the stewardship of the Tuolumne River and its tributaries to ensure a healthy watershed from Yosemite National Park, through the San Joaquin Valley, to the San Francisco Bay-Delta. Founded in 1981, the Trust is the only organization working throughout the watershed, linking Sierra and Valley conservation issues and forging strong ties between rural mountain and valley regions and urban Bay Area communities. The Trust has 19 employees working out of offices in San Francisco, Modesto, and Sonora.

TRT programs include:

  1. Participation in the relicensing of the Don Pedro Dam, which regulates stream flows in the lower Tuolumne River, and the Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan update to ensure improved river flows for fish and wildlife in the lower Tuolumne River,
  2. Restoration of floodplains, riparian forests, and other habitat along the lower Tuolumne River, and conifer forests, meadows, and streams in the Sierra Nevada;
  3. Improving water management policies in the Bay Area and Central Valley to support river restoration goals while supporting healthy economies and communities;
  4. Building public support for watershed stewardship by connecting the public to the River through education and outreach; and
  5. Educating youth about the importance of the Tuolumne River to our region.

By linking mountain, valley, and Bay Area conservation issues and connecting people to the river through outings and education, the Trust is building broad support for watershed stewardship. Our strategic approach melds advocacy, education, collaboration, scientific inquiry, and litigation when necessary to address threats and take advantage of conservation and restoration opportunities. For more information about the Tuolumne River Trust, visit:

How to Apply

To Apply: Please send an email with a cover letter and resume as attachments with the subject heading “Central Valley Program Assistant” to [email protected]. This position will remain open until a candidate has been selected.

Job Categories: Environmental. Job Types: Part-Time. Salaries: See posting for details.

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