Friday, June 12, 2015

Upcountry Community Center Yard Sale - Fri June 12

Amador County Camp Out for Cancer Yard Sale - June 12 & 13

Job Opportunity: Program Associate & Administrator

Friends of the River is hiring an entry-level, full-time position doing outreach, policy organizing, and some operations and development work. Please feel free to share and forward.  The salary range to start is in the mid-to-upper $20k range.

Thank you!
Position Announcement
Program Associate and Administrator
Immediate Hire – Position Open Until Filled
This position is focused on organizing activities, events and campaigns for Friends of the River’s (FOR) policy programs while providing direct support to the Directors of Operations and Development. Based in our Sacramento office, this is a full-time position that will require some weekend and evening work. This is a great opportunity to join a motivated team working to promote the stewardship of California’s Rivers and gain valuable policy advocacy and non-profit work experience. The ideal candidate will be a motivated individual who is a good communicator, resourceful, creative, and takes initiative to juggle multiple duties and get the job done. This individual will report to the Executive Director while working closely with, and also taking direction from, the Directors of Operations and Development. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. 
Specific duties and responsibilities:
Program Work (50%)
Work with Operations staff and Executive Director to help plan, organize and recruit for:
·        Opinion Leader Rafting Trips over the summer.
·        Salmon Run for Rivers in the fall.
·        Tracking priority state and federal legislation, drafting and identifying co-signers for support/oppose letters, attending key hearings, and completing occasional leg drops.
·        Organizing in-district constituent meetings with state legislators on relevant policy.
·        California Rivers Day and the Paddle to the Capitol in May 2016.
·        Volunteer activities such as mailings, phone banking, data entry, and event organizing.
·        Other miscellaneous activities as time permits.
Membership Development (25%)
Work with Development staff to process all FOR gifts and related acknowledgment letters:
·        Checks and Cash
-        Enter gifts from mail and the website into membership database.
-        Reconcile and close gift batches in DonorPerfect database.
-        Prepare and deliver deposits to bank.
-        Prepare and deliver batch deposit paperwork to Development staff.
-        Process monthly sustainer pledges and Manage matching gift process.
·        Acknowledgements and Receipting
-        Produce and mail thank you letters/receipts with personalized recognition of all gifts.
-        Maintain accurate files for financial records such as deposits and cash receipts.
Office Administration and Bookkeeping (25%)
·        Assist Operations Director in maintaining office space, supplies and equipment.
·        Answer and direct incoming calls and other public inquiries, and distribute the daily mail.
·        Complete bi-weekly accounts payable check run and maintain accounting files following FOR’s fiscal procedures.
·        Provide light administrative support to Executive Director as time permits.
·        Commitment to FOR’s mission and values.
·        Some professional work experience.
·        Self-organized, punctual, reliable, organized, and detail oriented, with impeccable integrity and the ability to find creative approaches to problem solving.
·        Familiarity with standard computer skill and ideally some database management and website management experience.
·        Ability to work effectively as part of team or individually as needed.
·        Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
·        Bachelor’s degree desired, but not required.
Work Environment
·        Dedicated river advocates and activists.
·        Casual, but professional office atmosphere.
·        Occasional formal activities at fundraisers and legislative events.
·        Opportunity to go on staff and volunteer river outings.
·        Opportunity to take whitewater river guide training.
·        2 weeks paid vacation to start, 3 weeks in year 2, and 4 weeks beginning in year 3.
·        13 paid holidays and 12 sick days per year.
To Apply
Send cover letter and resume as soon as possible to or by fax to (916) 442-3396.  FOR is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Organizational background
Based in Sacramento, Friends of the River is widely recognized as an authority on the impacts of dams, industrial and agricultural operations and land use policy on rivers and riparian habitat. FOR was founded in 1973 during the struggle to save the Stanislaus River from being destroyed by the construction of New Melones Dam. FOR went on to become California's only statewide river conservation group, dedicated to preserving, protecting, and restoring California's rivers and their watersheds. Today, FOR has five full-time staff, two contractors, a cadre of volunteers and a robust membership.
FOR has a long list of accomplishments that includes permanently protecting more than 2,000 river miles as Wild & Scenic rivers, repeatedly defeating federal legislation to build Auburn dam on the American River, and convincing Congress to authorize an environmentally protective flood control project for Sacramento in 2003. FOR achieves these goals through public outreach, grassroots organizing, and expert advocacy to influence public policy. FOR also supports a vibrant volunteer rafting program which connects hundreds of people to rivers, and introduces inner city youth to boating.

Webinar: Funding Rural America - Finding New Grants for Small Communities - Thurs June 18

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Funding Rural America: Finding New Grants for Small Communities

Funding Rural America: Finding New Grants for Small Communities
When has it ever been easy to secure funding for rural communities? Is there a way to level the playing field so rural nonprofits as well as small towns and counties/boroughs can compete for both government and private sector grants? What are the other options for financially supporting a rural project whether you are a nonprofit or local government? Are collaborative efforts worth the effort? And, of course the biggest question: Who is funding rural America?
These, and other relevant questions, along with current trends affecting rural funding will be addressed in this webinar presented by Cynthia Adams, CEO of GrantStation. This webinar will be held on Thursday, June 18, 2015. Register for Funding Rural America: Finding New Grants for Small Communities

Date: Thursday June 18, 2015
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)
Duration: 90

Questions? Call 1-877-784-7268.

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Amador Calaveras Consensus Group - Wed June 17

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

PGYCC Education staff provides CPR/First Aid Training and Certification

Pine Grove Education staff worked with Sgt. Denise McGhee at the Stockton Training Center and together they arraigned CPR/First Aid Training for the Pine Grove Fire Fighters
Sgt. Denise McGhee and a team of trainers from the Stockton Training Center spent the day at Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp providing CPR/First Aid Training and Certification for all youth at Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp.
This training provided every young man the opportunity to become qualified to help others in an emergency situation, whether at home with family, on a work project or in the back country fighting a fire.  These young men on the Fire Crews will be able to respond appropriately and act intelligently to the situation. Additionally, while hiking in hook line order, they will be able to recognize symptoms of, and respond to, situations that can arise such as, Heat Exhaustion or Heat Stroke.
Many of our young fire fighters have expressed the desire to pursue a career in firefighting. One of the requirements is to be CPR/First Aid certified and with this 2 year certification they have an advantage both professionally and personally.   Experiences and opportunities such as CPR/First Aid training builds confidence, self-esteem, and responsible men.
Picture and editorial by PGU Teacher Judy Levenson

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Foothill Conservancy's Annual Fundraising Dinner - Sat June 20

THE FOOTHILL CONSERVANCY’S ANNUAL FUNDRAISING DINNER will be held at the Italian  Picnic Grounds in Sutter Creek on Saturday, June 20, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Great food, music by Slade Rivers and exciting raffle/auction items. Tickets are $40 adults, $10 children under 12. See  for information, or contact Carolyn,, 209-223-3508.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Amador Stars Camp Out for Cancer Yard Sale - June 12 & 13

The Amador STARS serve cancer patients in our community at no charge to the patients for transportation, wigs, scarves and support services. This is possible due to fundraising efforts. If you are spring cleaning please remember the Amador STARS! Please save items for our annual yard sale in June. Items can be dropped off at the park on June 11th. We are giving you early notice, with the hope you will support our efforts to take care of our friends and neighbors on the cancer journey.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

RFP: Web Site Development for the Amador-Calaveras Consensus Group (ACCG) - Deadline is Mon June 15

Please find attached (below) a RFP for website design for the Amador Calaveras Consensus Group (ACCG).  We are reaching out to web design companies based in Tuolumne, Calaveras, or Amador counties.  Deadline for proposal submission is June 15th.  

Please email me if you have any questions, or to submit your proposal.  Thank you! 

Julia Stephens




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a. The ACCG (“group:”) is requesting proposals for development of a new
website which will represent the collaborative and its interests. The website
will require the following:
i. Functionality:
1. A unique domain name owned by the group
2. A hosting account owned by the group, with capacity to
effectively host the site as currently envisioned along with
future expansions in functionality
3. A user-friendly content management system for site updates, such
as Joomla, WordPress, or Drupal, which records changes and
includes a test environment
4. A responsive framework that ensures full compatibility with all
viewports; i.e. desktop, tablet, mobile, etc.
5. Ability to expand content and functionality as needed
ii. Features:
1. The ability to post information in text, upload documents,
photos, and videos consistent with “Attachment A, Web
Content and Features”
2. Provide a means of contacting the group and
workgroups using corresponding e-mail addresses
3. Provides a means to solicit and receive donations
4. Provides the option for distributing content updates and e-mails
to listserves
b. In addition to all building and start-up tasks, the consultant shall provide an
adequate amount of training and corresponding reference materials to
appropriate ACCG members and contractors that will enable them to perform
all necessary updates, including those for functionality, security vulnerabilities,
and content.

a. The ACCG is an informal, community-based group of diverse stakeholders
that works to create fire-safe communities, healthy forests and watersheds,
and sustainable local economies.
b. Participating entities include federal, state, and local agencies, nonprofit




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advocacy organizations, other nongovernmental organizations, forest-related
businesses, and members of the interested public.

a. The intended audience of this website will include:
i. The general public
ii. News media
iii. Researchers and others working on similar efforts
iv. Potential donors interested in understanding the work of the
collaborative for the purposes of possible financial contributions
b. For the foreseeable future, the entire site would be accessible to the general
public, except for private member section, and the possible later additions of a
restricted area necessary for receiving donations

a. For the scope of work outlined above, the ACCG is anticipating spending
no more than $2,500 for the project.
b. The successful bidder will be paid in lump sum at the completion of the

a. Proposals from qualified consultants must be received by June 15, 2015.
b. Proposals must be delivered electronically to the following email address:
c. Any questions or clarifications regarding this RFP or the scope of work should be
directed to Julia Stephens at
. The ACCG aims to have a functional, live site in place, with web editors trained, no later
than August 1, 2015.

DRAFT Attachment A to ACCG Website RFP
Web Content and Features

Main Navigation structure and content

Mission (or could go on home page)
Description and history
Members (include link out or contact info)
and minutes
Work groups

Individual projects-
Field trip reports
NEPA info
Annual report
Monitoring program and reports

Member projects
Wilseyville product yard
Amador FS Council programs (link)
NRCS projects (link)
FC salmon project (link)
FC Wild and Scenic campaign (link)

Studies and reports
CFLR Program

Press releases
ACCG and Members in the News
Press contact info

ACCG area with projects
Cornerstone Area
Project maps

ACCG contact info
Comment form

DRAFT Attachment A to ACCG Website RFP
Web Content and Features

Member Area (private)

Home page content

Search box

Calendar widget: Include field trips, comment deadlines for NEPA docs, meetings, etc

ACCG meetings and events (regular and ctte mtgs, field trips, etc)

Related meetings and events (meetings, webinars, workshops, etc)

Photo album

“Latest News” short list with thumbnails

For web developer

Need easy-to-use CMS, preferably with edit tracking and test environment

All pages need breadcrumbs to aid navigation.

Site needs to be IE compatible as well as functional in other browsers.

Should meet basic web accessibility standards.