Central Valley Program Assistant @ Tuolumne River Trust

Central Valley Program Assistant



The Central Valley Program Assistant will support the Park Equity program and work to expand efforts in riverside communities in Modesto that amplify and advance existing community priorities such as safe access to parks, environmental justice advocacy, and community organizing for policy that supports those initiatives.


The Tuolumne River Trust (TRT) is staffed by committed people who want to see the Tuolumne River and its surrounding communities thrive. The Program Assistant will report to TRT’s Central Valley Program Manager. This is a great opportunity to join a collaborative, energetic team rooted in community organizing, that continues to increase safe and equitable park access for our riverside communities and protect the Tuolumne River watershed.

Equity at TRT

TRT holds a deep commitment to equity, inclusion, diversity, 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.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead the high school student youth group advancing our Park Equity Program, coordinate student outreach and communications, schedule and facilitate youth meetings, and participate in relevant local outreach events.
  • Support the Central Valley (CV) Program Manager in facilitation of the Park Equity Program, youth and community civic engagement, community capacity building workshops, and advocating for policy changes to support safe and accessible parks.
  • Support community presentations and events and attend relevant city and county meetings related to the Park Equity Program.
  • Manage and track program data, meeting attendance, and survey information to support CV Program Manager in grant reports and proposals and TRT’s organizational reporting.
  • Strengthen relationships with local youth groups, community-based organizations, city and county staff, and other local agencies.
  • Communicate TRT’s work to the broader public, and recruit and engage advocates and supporters.
  • Help build TRT’s support base in Stanislaus County.


  • Experience leading or supporting youth groups, youth development, civic engagement, or community organizing.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, Youth Development, Civic Engagement/Policy, or relevant field (or 1 year of experience with the listed duties and responsibilities)
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to develop relationships with a wide variety of people.
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented.
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative.
  • Comfortable working in a collaborative team setting.
  • Familiarity with the City of Modesto and Stanislaus County is a plus.
  • Ability to work occasional Saturdays.
  • Spanish fluency is desirable but not required.

Location and Travel

This position is located in our Modesto, California office. Most work and meetings will take place in Stanislaus County, with occasional travel to Sacramento, the Bay Area, and the Sierra Nevada.

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 our vision and mission. We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our workforce across a range of dimensions.

The Program Assistant is a non-exempt position, 20 hours a week, with an hourly rate of $20.00 – $22.00/ per hour. There is potential for the number of hours per week to increase depending on program funding.

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: www.tuolumne.org.

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 j[email protected]. This position will remain open until a candidate has been selected


Modesto, California, United States




2023-09-28 00:00