The Sierra Club is one of the oldest and most influential grassroots environmental organizations in the United States. The Grand Canyon (Arizona) Chapter was formed in 1966 in order to focus attention on stopping dams in Grand Canyon. Our work to protect the Colorado River and Grand Canyon National Park continue today and have been joined by a number of programs to safeguard other areas and issues.
The Grand Canyon Chapter seeks to engage its members and the public in protecting our communities; public lands including national parks, forests, and wildlife refuges; rivers and streams; and wildlife; plus promote renewable energy and energy efficiency in order to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change; and support transit, bike and pedestrian friendly communities to reduce air pollution and energy use.
Applicants must be continuing EMCC students and have a minimum of 2.5 G.P.A or a recommendation from your SWSC instructor. If you would like assistance in preparing the required materials; cover letter, application and resume or in preparing for an interview, please contact the Career Center at 623.935.8740.
Water Sentinels are interns who do hands-on conservation work to protect Arizona’s rivers and streams. We’re part of the national Sierra Club Water Sentinels program whose mission is to protect, improve, and restore the nation’s waters. Water Sentinels do this by fostering partnerships to promote citizen water quality monitoring, public education, and citizen action to protect local water bodies and watersheds. Currently, we have over 100 Water Sentinels and many more who participate in periodic clean-ups and monthly projects.
An internship with our Arizona Water Sentinels program entails learning about the waters and watersheds on which we are working, learning about and assisting with the water quality monitoring we are currently doing on both the Verde and San Pedro Rivers, engaging volunteers in the urban watershed via our Rio Salado service project and other hands on activities, and helping organize periodic clean-ups along the Verde, San Pedro, and Rio Salado, among others. We also engage in some invasive species removal as part of this project and conduct flow monitoring on the upper Verde River. Interns can also participate in efforts to help get the upper Verde protected as a Wild and Scenic River.