River Restoration Northwest offers limited Professional Stipends to help defray symposium costs.

APPLY FOR STIPEND

 

Professional Stipend DescriptionQualified OrganizationAmountApplicant EligibilityTimelinesImportant InformationEvaluation and SelectionApplicationFAQs
The RRNW Professional Stipend (formerly the PK Scholarship) is intended to financially support attendance at the RRNW annual restoration symposium by stream restoration practitioners who work for a qualified organization.

For the purpose of RRNW Professional Stipend eligibility, individuals from the following types of entities are considered eligible to receive assistance:

  • watershed councils
  • watershed groups
  • conservation districts
  • Lead Entitiesa
  • environmental education organizations
  • Fisheries Enhancement Groupsa
  • salmon recovery regional organizations
  • Native American tribes or First Nationsb
  • non-profit organizations that are involved in stream, riparian, and watershed restoration work

a Lead Entities and FEGs are formal organizations created by the Washington State legislature
b must be federally-recognized

Amount
Each stipend provides a at recipient’s choice:

  • $425 credit toward one 3-day Symposium (Tuesday through Thursday) registration (Registration Option)

or

  • 3 night’s lodging at Skamania Lodge (Lodging Option).

Awardees selecting the registration option will receive a registration code that activates a $425 credit for online Symposium registration.  Each awardee is required to pay a $225 match to complete their registration.

Awardees selecting the lodging option are responsible for any charges beyond the basic room charge and taxes for three nights.

Applicant Eligibility

  • The applicant shall be currently involved in stream restoration work.
  • The applicant shall be an employee of or volunteer for a qualified organization as identified (see “Qualified Organization”).
  • Employment may be full- or part-time.
  • The applicant’s employer shall have the purpose of ecological enhancements for stream, riparian, and watershed systems.
  • The applicant may be either “experienced” or a “novice” regarding stream restoration activities.
  • The applicant should be currently involved in stream restoration work.
  • Demonstrated financial need.
  • Note: Students are not eligible unless they meet the eligibility criteria (e.g. working as paid or volunteer staff of a qualified organization).

Date

Milestone

10/16/17

  Stipend application period opens

11/9/17

  Completed applications due by midnight

11/17/16 – 11/20/16

Applications compiled by Coordinator, screened for eligibility, reviewed by Stipend Committee, reviews compiled by Coordinator

11/21/16

  Stipend awardees notified by email

12/8/16

  Stipend awardees must complete symposium registration or Skamania Lodge reservation  a

a failure to register by the specified date will result in cancellation of the award

Important Information
Registration includes all conference materials and meals, as follows:

  • Coffee/tea refreshments from Tuesday AM to Thursday PM
  • Expanded continental breakfasts Tuesday through Thursday before sessions start.
  • Group lunches Tuesday through Thursday as part of the program.
  • Group dinners Tuesday and Wednesday as part of the program.

The lodging option covers the basic room fee and taxes.  Other services billed to the room (e.g. food and drink, spa, incidentals, etc.) are the responsibility of the awardee.

Short course (Monday) and field trip (Friday) registration fees are not covered by Professional Stipends.

Recipients must register by close-of-business December 8, 2017 or forfeit their stipend.

Individuals or their affiliated organization are responsible for paying their own lodging and travel expenses.  Lodging information for Skamania Lodge and other nearby locations can be found here.

Evaluation and Selection
Stipend applications are ranked by a multidisciplinary committee.  The committee attempts to distribute stipends geographically and among technical disciplines (biology, geomorphology, engineering, etc) and employers (watershed councils, conservation districts, etc).  Part-time applicants are eligible to apply, though priority is given to full-time applicants.  Awardees will be notified by email and receive a registration code that will be active for two weeks.  Awardees failing to register by the December 8 forfeit their stipend.  Forfeited stipends are re-awarded to candidates on a standby list based on the review committee’s composite score.
Application
The 2017 application form is submitted via the RRNW website

  • Upon submission of the application form, you will receive an email confirming receipt of application.
  • You will be able to access your application by using the link in this email to change/make edits until the November 4th deadline.
Summary

RRNW Professional Stipend

Employment Status

Employee or volunteer, full- or part-time

Job Activity Involved in restoration / enhancements of stream, riparian, and/or watershed systems.
Eligible Organizations Watershed councils, watershed groups, environmental education organizations, Fisheries Enhancement Groups, Lead Entities, salmon recovery regional organizations, conservation districts, federally-recognized Native American tribes or First Nations and non-profit organizations.
Students Eligible?  No (unless otherwise meeting employment, activity, and organization status)
Geographic Limitation

None

Award Amount

$425

Application Materials

RRNW Online Application

Short Course Included?

No

Field Trip Included?

No

Application Deadline

11:59 PM, November 9, 2017

Registration Option

Lodging Option

Awardee Match

$225 to complete registration

Balance of lodging cost after stipend award

Lodging Included?

No

3 Nights

3-Day Symposium Registration included?

Yes

No

Short Course or Field Trip Registration included?

No

No

FAQs
In the past, some stipends (scholarships) offered by RRNW have had state residency criteria. I didn't see that this year. Are there residency-based eligibility requirements?
No. Stipends offered for the current Symposium are funded by RRNW and are not limited by geographic area. Previous state-specific funding has been eliminated by state budget-cuts.
Will I receive an email confirming receipt of my application?
  • Yes! Upon submission of the application form, you will receive an email confirming receipt of application.
  • You will be able to access your application by using the link in this email to change/make edits until the November 4th deadline.
Employees of my organization have received stipends or scholarships to attend RRNW in the past. Are we eligible to apply again?
Yes. As long as your organization meets the eligibility criteria stated above, you may apply. Stipend reviewers tend to prioritize applications from organizations that have not received past RRNW assistance. For those that have received assistance, time elapsed since the last award is considered.
I received notification I have been awarded an RRNW Professional Stipend, now what?
Each awardee will receive an email from RRNW with an agreement form attachment. Once the form is completed, signed, and returned to RRNW, awardee will receive instructions on how to complete their registration or lodging.
Is my organization eligible?
Qualified Organization: For the purpose of RRNW Professional Stipend eligibility, individuals from the following types of entities are considered eligible to receive assistance:

  • watershed councils
  • watershed groups
  • conservation districts
  • Lead Entitiesa
  • environmental education organizations
  • Fisheries Enhancement Groupsa
  • salmon recovery regional organizations
  • Native American tribes or First Nationsb
  • non-profit organizations that are involved in stream, riparian, and watershed restoration work

a Lead Entities and FEGs are formal organizations created by the Washington State legislature
b must be federally-recognized

I was recently hired and don't know if anyone from my organization has received RRNW stipend or scholarship assistance in the past. What do I do?
Make a good faith effort to find out from other employees. RRNW keeps a database of past awards and can cross-check applications if necessary.
The award notification date has passed and I haven't heard anything. What does that mean?
More than likely it means that you were not awarded a stipend. However, be sure to check spam folders and/or other filters in your email account. RRNW is an all-volunteer organization and we receive many applications every year. As a matter of practice, we do not send emails to unsuccessful applicants. A runners-up list of applicants is maintained in event of a cancellation. In the event of a cancellation, standby list candidates will be notified by email.
Are students eligible for RRNW Professional Stipends?
Only if meeting the employment conditions described above. The RRNW Professional Stipend program targets volunteers and professionals working in the field of stream restoration.
What opportunities exist for students that don't meet RRNW Professional Stipend employment criteria?
Each year, we recruit up to four student interns to assist with operations during the Symposium. In return for their service, student interns receive a reduced registration rate and shared lodging. For more information on the RRNW Student Intern program, please go to the Student Intern Page of the RRNW website and/or email volunteer@rrnw.org.
Are employees of municipal, state, or federal agencies eligible?
No. We are unable to provide stipend assistance for these individuals at this time.
The symposium isn't until February, but you require recipients to register in December or lose their stipend. What gives?
Each year RRNW receives 3 to 5 times as many applications as we have stipends to award. Space at the Lodge is filled by December and the Symposium usually fills by mid-January. An early-December registration deadline for stipend recipients provides an adequate planning horizon for RRNW volunteers and Skamania Lodge. It also provides a margin to re-award the stipend to someone on the waiting list in the event of a cancellation.
How is the RRNW Professional Stipend Program funded?

Funding for the stipend has historically been generated directly by RRNW fundraising efforts, including proceeds from raffles, auctions, short-courses, sponsors, donors and the Symposium.  Effective the 2017 Symposium, Dr. and Mrs. Klingeman are directly underwriting approximately half of the stipend themselves….THANK-YOU PETE AND NANCY!!!

Do RRNW members receive a discount on the awardee match?
RRNW members receiving stipend assistance do not receive any additional discounts. All recipients pay $125 toward their Symposium registration.
I forwarded my award notification to my administrative support staff and they failed to complete my registration on-time. What now?
As stated in the instructions (above) and on the application, all registrations must be completed by the specified date. It is the sole responsibility of the recipient to meet the conditions of the award.
Whom should I contact if I have more questions?
You can send us an e-mail at stipends@rrnw.org.