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We are currently accepting applications for the full-time, year-round Information Center & Bookstore Manager position, and for our seasonal job positions.

If you have questions about the job application process, please contact Rosanne Catron, Office Director, at (760) 647-6595 x120.

  • Information Center & Bookstore Manager (year-round) FILLED
    1. TITLE: Information Center & Bookstore Manager
      SALARY: Non-profit range, depends on experience
      STATUS:
      Full-time, exempt
      DURATION:
      Regular (not seasonal)
      ORGANIZATION:
      Mono Lake Committee
      LOCATION:
      Lee Vining, California
      SUPERVISED BY:
      Office Director
      The Information Center & Bookstore Manager is primarily responsible for the management of the Mono Lake Committee's Information Center & Bookstore, including retail sales, mail order, web store, and wholesale programs. The Information Center & Bookstore Manager is also responsible for store merchandise and appearance, product development, merchandising, the point of sale system, operations planning, and assuring that the store furthers the goals of the Mono Lake Committee.

      The Mono Lake Committee's store and sales program provide opportunities to interact with the public and exist to help fulfill the Committee's mission. Specifically, every item we sell and every person we come in contact with is an opportunity to broaden our base of support, and extend the network of people working to protect and restore Mono Lake. The Information Center & Bookstore is also a critical component of the Committee's membership program, and serves as an important location for signing up and renewing members. We strive to provide a space where members and the public can interact with staff and learn about our mission. This is just as important as the merchandise we sell. Our number one product is the help we offer and the information we provide to our customers, members, and business partners.

      PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
      • Implementing retail and wholesale sales strategies. This includes purchasing, receiving, merchandising, stocking, display, customer service, sales training/technique, invoicing, and inventory control.
      • Promoting and monitoring quality customer service among staff.
      • Working with staff to develop new products consistent with the Committee's mission, public education, and fundraising efforts. This includes creation of new product designs for T-shirts, mugs, etc., as well as attending gift shows and doing online research to discover new products.
      • Creating and maintaining store merchandise displays.
      • Hiring, training and supervising Information Center & Bookstore Assistants and other staff involved in sales-related activities.
      • Regularly working counter shifts.
      • Being an informed resource for information related to area recreation, lodging, travel and political events. Keeping abreast of all Mono Lake issues.
      • Working with the Membership Coordinator to achieve membership acquisition goals in the store.
      • Preparing and presenting quarterly summaries, and with Office Director and Executive Director, evaluating annual sales figures, projections, plans and budget.
      • Ensuring store goals will be met through appropriate planning and organizing of staff, inventory, and expenses for short and long-term success. Controlling merchandise inventory through active management of purchasing and knowledge of product sales. Keeping abreast of sales trends, delivery methods, new products, etc., as appropriate.
      • Working with Communications Director and entire staff to select artists for the Mono Lake Gallery. Setting up Gallery shows and openings and maintaining accurate inventory of consignment art.
      • Maintaining the online store with products carried in the store, processing and fulfilling customer orders, and working with the Bookkeeper to reconcile online sales with the main inventory database.
      • Working with Communications Coordinator to formulate a monthly email to advertise web sales.
      • Developing the annual gift catalog and quarterly Mono Lake Newsletter promotions including selecting products, scheduling product photos, and working with the Communications Coordinator in design and layout.
      • With Office Director and other staff, marketing the Information Center & Bookstore throughout the community, the state, and beyond.
      • Organizing the year-end inventory and process the information with the Bookkeeper.
      • Overseeing point of sale system operation, use, maintenance and training.
      • Developing the wholesale program in the areas of sales, distribution, and marketing.
      • Staying on top of routine and non-routine store scheduling and communication of schedule with Office Director.
      • Assisting with other tasks as requested.

      REQUIREMENTS:
      • Retail sales and management experience.
      • Interest and enthusiasm for the Mono Lake Committee mission.
      • Customer service oriented and able to work well with public.
      • Well-organized, detail oriented, and able to work well with numbers.
      • Proficient in accurate cash handling and security of deposits.
      • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
      • Ability to work evenings, weekends, and holidays.
      • Ability to work counter shifts, including standing up to 8 hours per day.
      • Ability to lift and transport merchandise up to 40 pounds.
      • Ability to perform basic cleaning duties including dusting, vacuuming, and mopping.
      • Outdoor enthusiast, willing to investigate the local area to give firsthand knowledge to customers.
      • Limited travel for sales development.

      BENEFITS:
      • Salary, non-profit range, commensurate with experience.
      • Medical and dental insurance.
      • SIMPLE IRA retirement plan eligibility after six months.
      • Sick time, holiday time.
      • Vacation time beginning at two weeks.
      • Working at Mono Lake!

      APPLICATION PROCESS:
      To apply, send a cover letter and resume via email to Rosanne Catron, Office Director. For more information, contact Rosanne at (760) 647-6595. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Click here to download a PDF of the Information Center & Bookstore Manager position.



  • Mono Lake Intern (seasonal)
    1. TITLE: Mono Lake Intern
      SALARY: $9.00/hour
      STATUS:
      Non-exempt, full-time
      DURATION:
      June 1 through September 15 (somewhat flexible for students)
      ORGANIZATION:
      Mono Lake Committee
      LOCATION:
      Lee Vining, California
      SUPERVISED BY:
      Office Director
      Five Interns assist with Mono Lake Committee interpretive education programs, staffing the busy Information Center & Bookstore, and working in the Mono Lake Committee office to help carry out smooth and effective work in the areas of education, communication, policy, membership, and overall operations. Duties are roughly divided between 30% time in the field leading programs, 40% in the Information Center & Bookstore, and 30% working in the office on a variety of projects. Subscribing Mono Lake Committee memberships and renewals is an important part of working in the Information Center & Bookstore. This position is ideal for those wanting to further their interpretive and communication skills and gain experience in environmental non-profit work.

      PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
      • Staff the Information Center & Bookstore counter, providing information and answering questions for visitors, and subscribing members for the Mono Lake Committee. Duties on the front counter also include handling retail sales, stocking shelves, and keeping up store appearance.
      • Provide interpretive environmental education programs at Mono Lake including guided canoe tours on Mono Lake and walking tours of the South Tufa area.
      • Answer phones, fulfill information requests via phone, mail and email, process new Mono Lake Committee memberships, and other office tasks as needed to support successful operations.
      • Other duties as assigned based on skills, interest, initiative, and organization needs.

      QUALIFICATIONS:
      • Strong work ethic, positive attitude, and team player approach.
      • Strong communications skills, both written and verbal.
      • Desire to learn more about how a successful non-profit operates.
      • Ability to work one or two closing shifts (until 9:30pm) per week.
      • Ability to work one or two opening shifts (7:30am start) per week.
      • Ability to be flexible under a changing schedule.
      • Desire to interpret natural history and environmental water issues for the public.
      • Desire to understand and solve environmental problems from a solution-oriented perspective.
      • Ability to quickly understand local natural history and complex California water issues.
      • A car is required for work related travel (mileage is reimbursed), and a good driving record is required. Final hiring is contingent on approval of driving record.

      BENEFITS:
      • Employee discount on merchandise in the Information Center & Bookstore.
      • Mileage is paid for all job-related travel.
      • Shared housing may be available in Lee Vining.
      • Working at Mono Lake!

      GENERAL INFORMATION:
      The Mono Lake Committee is a 16,000 member citizens' group dedicated to the permanent protection and restoration of the Mono Basin ecosystem; educating the public about Mono Lake and the impacts on the environment of excessive water use; and promoting cooperative solutions that meet real water needs without transferring environmental problems to other areas.

      The local area is comprised of sagebrush steppe, pinyon-juniper, and Jeffrey pine forest plant communities, 46,000 acres of Mono Lake, numerous 12,000+ foot Sierra peaks, and plug-dome volcanoes. The Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore is in the town of Lee Vining (pop. 400, elev. 6,780'), on the eastern edge of Yosemite National Park near Mono Lake. The town is located adjacent to the Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area, and the Ansel Adams and Hoover Wilderness areas. Lee Vining is situated along Highway 395, 27 miles north of Mammoth Lakes, California and 110 miles south of Carson City, Nevada.

      Intern positions are temporary, lasting from three to six months. Interns work 40 hours per week with two consecutive days off. Housing is available through the Committee at $200/month (sorry, no pets). Interns also receive a discount on merchandise from the Information Center & Bookstore, and get the great benefit of living in the Eastern Sierra and working for a successful environmental non-profit. Field orientation and training is provided along with First Aid and CPR certification for those who don't have it.

      APPLICATION PROCESS:
      Applications will be accepted starting January 1, 2014. To apply, send a cover letter and resume via email to Rosanne Catron, Office Director. For more information, please contact Rosanne at the Mono Lake Committee, P.O. Box 29, Lee Vining, CA 93541, (760) 647-6595 x120. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. Click here to download a PDF of the Mono Lake Intern job description.



  • Birding Intern (seasonal) FILLED FOR 2014
    1. The Birding Intern position has been filled for 2014.


  • Canoe Program Coordinator (seasonal) FILLED FOR 2014
    1. The Canoe Program Coordinator position has been filled for 2014.


  • Outdoor Education Intern (seasonal) ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
    1. TITLE: Outdoor Education Intern
      SALARY: $9.00/hour
      STATUS:
      Non-exempt, full-time
      DURATION:
      May through October
      ORGANIZATION:
      Mono Lake Committee
      LOCATION:
      Lee Vining, California
      SUPERVISED BY:
      Education Director
      One Instructor Intern assists with the instruction and operation of the Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center (OEC) programs on-site and in the field. The position works closely with the OEC Program Manager and the Watershed Education Coordinator to lead programs and activities for youth from Southern California. The OEC is a small residential education site that hosts student and community groups at Mono Lake.

      Since 1995, the Mono Lake Committee has operated a successful outdoor education program connecting youth from all over the city of Los Angeles to the northern terminus of their aqueduct and watershed, 335 miles distant. The program operates at the Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center. The program blends watershed education, experiential education, muscle-powered recreation, and stewardship projects to build understanding and appreciation for Mono Lake and the Los Angeles watershed. The OEC is located at Cain Ranch along Highway 158, at the north end of the June Lake Loop, six miles from Mono Lake.

      Groups participating in the OEC program at Mono Lake include Los Angeles schools and community groups and regional school groups from elementary school to college level. Approximately 18 groups participate from late May through October. Groups comprise all ages, but are often middle school to high school ages. Group sizes typically vary between 10–25 students.

      PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
      • Lead hikes, education programs, team-building activities, and canoe trips on Mono Lake. Hikes may include challenging trails and terrain around Mono Lake or in the high country of the surrounding Mono/Yosemite region.
      • Assist in guiding and supervising (along with adult chaperones provided by the individual groups) during the five-day program duration.
      • Assist with program site set-up, clean up, kitchen help, and some superficial site maintenance and upkeep.
      • Other responsibilities include education program development and preparation and leading environmental education programs for school groups participating outside the OEC program.
      • Assist with various projects at the Mono Lake Committee office and Information Center & Bookstore in Lee Vining as required.

      QUALIFICATIONS:
      • Strong leadership and communication skills, and the desire to teach natural history and environmental water issues to ethnically, and culturally diverse youth.
      • Desire to understand environmental problems from a solution-oriented perspective.
      • Previous experience working with and/or teaching young people in an outdoor setting.
      • A car is required. Mileage will be reimbursed for occasional, work-related travel.
      • Ability to occasionally lift heavy loads up to 40 pounds.
      • Current First Aid and CPR certification required.
      • Final hiring is contingent on fingerprint background check and driving record check.
      • Ability to speak Spanish is a plus, and canoe-paddling experience is helpful.

      The OEC serves youth from different parts of Los Angeles, of varying ages, ethnic backgrounds, education levels, and physical fitness. Many have never experienced a wild place beyond the city, and some groups have little or no science background. The OEC program adapts to meet the needs of these youth. Staff on duty share meals, activities, housing/camping, and clean-up. There is a community atmosphere within this program that requires a myriad of staff roles—instructor, naturalist, janitor, trip leader, mentor, friend, counselor, supervisor, first-aid provider, diplomat, comedian, etc.

      BENEFITS:
      • Employee discount on merchandise in the Information Center & Bookstore.
      • Mileage is paid for all job-related travel (this does not include travel to and from the OEC).
      • Shared housing available in Lee Vining.
      • Working at Mono Lake!

      GENERAL INFORMATION:
      The Outdoor Education Intern position is full-time, seasonal, and hourly, from May through October. Housing is available through the Committee at $200/month (sorry, no pets). Staff receive a discount on merchandise from the Information Center & Bookstore, and get the great benefit of working for a successful environmental non-profit.

      The Mono Lake Committee is a 16,000 member non-profit citizens’ group dedicated to the permanent protection and restoration of the Mono Basin ecosystem; educating the public about Mono Lake and the impacts on the environment of excessive water use; and promoting cooperative solutions that meet real water needs without transferring environmental problems to other areas.

      APPLICATION PROCESS:
      Applications will be accepted starting January 1, 2014. To apply, send a cover letter and resume via email to Bartshe Miller, Education Director. For more information, please contact Bartshe at the Mono Lake Committee, P.O. Box 29, Lee Vining, CA 93541, (760) 647-6595 x121. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. Click here to download a PDF of the Outdoor Education Intern job description.



  • Information Center & Bookstore Assistant (seasonal)
    1. TITLE: Information Center & Bookstore Assistant
      SALARY: $10.00–$12.00/hour, based on experience
      STATUS:
      Full-time (40 hours a week)
      DURATION:
      May 15 through September 30
      ORGANIZATION:
      Mono Lake Committee
      LOCATION:
      Lee Vining, California
      SUPERVISED BY:
      Information Center & Bookstore Manager
      The Information Center & Bookstore Assistant promotes the Mono Lake Committee mission in the Information Center & Bookstore by working with the retail, information, and membership programs. The staff in the bookstore are the primary representatives of the Mono Lake Committee to visitors in the Information Center. The Information Center serves approximately 100,000 visitors each year.

      PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
      • Work behind the counter in the Information Center & Bookstore with our retail sales, information, education, and membership programs on a daily basis.
      • Have a thorough understanding of all Information Center & Bookstore functions and products. This includes knowing the point of sale cash register system, store opening and closing procedures, safety procedures, and a familiarity with all store products.
      • Subscribe new and renewing members to the Mono Lake Committee.
      • Ensure that the store is clean, orderly, and stocked at all times.
      • Clean the store and restroom facilities on a routine basis.
      • Assist with receiving, stocking and displaying merchandise as requested by Information Center & Bookstore Manager.
      • Effectively communicate the Mono Lake Committee’s mission, policies, Mono Lake ecology, and current events to visitors.
      • Provide visitors with detailed and accurate information about Lee Vining, the Mono Basin, Yosemite National Park, and the Eastern Sierra.
      • Stock and maintain tourist information binders and Chamber of Commerce area.
      • Show the Mono Lake Committee film on a regular basis.
      • Serve as a positive role model for all staff and assist Information Center & Bookstore Manager in monitoring the work of seasonal staff to ensure that Information Center & Bookstore tasks are being completed correctly.
      • Assist with canoe tour and field seminar reservations, answering phones, and other tasks as requested by Information Center & Bookstore Manager.

      QUALIFICATIONS:
      • Strong work ethic, positive attitude, and team player approach.
      • Enthusiasm for and commitment to the Mono Lake Committee mission.
      • Ability and reliability in cash handling.
      • Ability to be detail oriented, organized, and an independent worker.
      • Ability to work well with the public.
      • Ability to work several closing shifts (until 9:30pm) per week.
      • Ability to work several opening shifts (7:30am start) per week.
      • Ability to be flexible under a changing schedule.
      • Ability to quickly understand local natural history and complex California water issues.
      • Sales experience preferred, but specific training will be provided.
      • Ability to lift 40 pounds and stand up to eight hours per day.
      • Clean driving record required for employment.

      BENEFITS:
      • Employee discount on merchandise in the Information Center & Bookstore.
      • Mileage is paid for all job-related travel.
      • Shared housing may be available in Lee Vining.
      • Working at Mono Lake!

      GENERAL INFORMATION:
      The Mono Lake Committee is a 16,000-member citizens' group dedicated to the permanent protection and restoration of the Mono Basin ecosystem; educating the public about Mono Lake and the impacts on the environment of excessive water use; and promoting cooperative solutions that meet real water needs without transferring environmental problems to other areas.

      The local area is comprised of sagebrush steppe, pinyon-juniper, and Jeffrey pine forest plant communities, 46,000 acres of Mono Lake, numerous 12,000+ foot Sierra peaks, and plug-dome volcanoes. The Mono Lake Committee Information Center and Bookstore is in the town of Lee Vining (pop. 400, elev. 6,780'), on the eastern edge of Yosemite National Park overlooking Mono Lake. The town is located adjacent to the Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area, and the Ansel Adams and Hoover Wilderness areas. Lee Vining is situated along Highway 395, 27 miles north of Mammoth Lakes, California and 110 miles south of Carson City, Nevada.

      The Information Center & Bookstore Assistant position is temporary, lasting about four months. The Information Center & Bookstore Assistant works 40 hours per week with two consecutive days off. Housing may be available through the Committee (sorry, no pets). The Information Center & Bookstore Assistant also receives a discount on merchandise from the Information Center & Bookstore, and gets the great benefit of working for a successful environmental non-profit.

      APPLICATION PROCESS:
      Applications will be accepted starting January 1, 2014. To apply, send a cover letter and resume via email to Rosanne Catron, Office Director. For more information, please contact Rosanne at the Mono Lake Committee, P.O. Box 29, Lee Vining, CA 93541, (760) 647-6595 x120. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. Click here to download a PDF of the Information Center & Bookstore Assistant job description.



  • Volunteer at Mono Lake
    1. We welcome volunteers at any time. If you are interested in volunteering at Mono Lake, please contact Rosanne Catron, Office Directorat (760) 647-6595 x120.


 

 
mission statement

The Mono Lake Committee is a non-profit citizens' group dedicated to:

Protecting and restoring the Mono Basin ecosystem;

educating the public about Mono Lake and the impacts on the environment of excessive water use; and

promoting cooperative solutions that protect Mono Lake and meet real water needs without transferring environmental problems to other areas.

 

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