Since 2009, SYRCL has partnered with the Sierra Nevada Alliance to form the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP), a program in which AmeriCorps members assess and restore impaired watershed habitats and increase community stewardship by conducting watershed restoration and ecological monitoring, watershed education, and volunteer recruitment and support.
Each year these AmeriCorps members serve and protect the Sierra from October through September in different conservation organizations throughout the Sierra Nevada.
Our 2017/18 AmeriCorps team has completed their service with SYRCL. Katie, Siya and Karli graced the watershed with their hard work, smiles, and dedication to cleaning up, monitoring, and restoring the Yuba River. All three will be sorely missed by the SYRCL staff who came to depend on them and call them our friends. We wish them the best in their future endeavors.
Please Join Us in Welcoming our New 2018/19 AmeriCorps Team Members!
Andrea Tineo, Stewardship Coordinator.
Spending her youth swimming, sailing, and paddling along the coast of Maine and the Chesapeake Bay, Andrea has always felt passionate about protecting our waters. Born and raised in a Venezuelan- American household outside of Washington D.C., Andrea grew up in a politically and culturally rich environment that has influenced her interests, and academic pursuits.
Andrea studied Biology and Anthropology at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and in her junior year, she studied abroad at James Cook University in Australia. Here, she was able to pet a koala and fulfill one of her lifelong dreams of diving in the Great Barrier Reef. With a strong desire to travel the world, Andrea turns to science to lead her to her next adventure.
Although she will miss the East Coast and her small school on the water, Andrea is excited to explore Northern California and continue learning about environmental restoration, and community empowerment.
Jesse Armfield, River Monitoring Coordinator.
Jesse was born and raised in Western Massachusetts and is a pretty typical New Englander. Jesse received his B.S. in geology from UMass Amherst in 2016. From there he immediately attended graduate school at the University of Vermont and earned his M.S. in geology in 2018.
Jesse specializes in low-temperature geochemistry and is currently in the final stages of publishing a peer-reviewed journal article on the geochemical response of a headwater region to changes in precipitation chemistry caused by the Clean Air Act.
Jesse enjoys cold weather and everything that comes with it, most importantly downhill skiing. His other hobbies include cooking, gardening, kayaking, fishing, phish, concerts, and general hanging out.
Asia Jones, Restoration Coordinator.
Asia spends her days mainly out in the field collecting samples, planting native flora, and enjoying the natural splendor of the Sierra Nevada. Since childhood, Asia has always wanted to have an impact on restoring the beautiful state she calls home. She loves learning about the native plants and animals around her and how they interact with their environment to create the amazing world around us. Because of this passion, Asia obtained her B.S. from UC Davis in Evolution, Ecology and Biodiversity. Don’t be surprised if you see her looking under rocks or logs; she’s probably just looking for reptiles or amphibians to keep her identification skills sharp! When not in the field or office, Asia can be found practicing her painting or walking around trying to level up in Pokemon Go.
Since 1993 the Sierra Nevada Alliance has been protecting and restoring Sierra lands, water, wildlife and communities. Their mission is to protect and restore the natural resources of the Sierra Nevada for future generations while promoting sustainable communities. They are truly an alliance. There are over eighty-five conservation-focused Member Groups that are based or work in the 400-mile mountain range that is the Sierra Nevada region.
AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community groups across the country. Since the program’s founding in 1994, almost 1 million AmeriCorps members have contributed more than 1.2 billion hours in service across America while tackling pressing problems and mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve.