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Green Jobs Training and Internship Program

The Forest Park Conservancy (FPC) is happy to announce the launch of the Green Jobs Training and Internship Program. The goal of this program is to provide the participants with relevant hands-on professional experience and support them in their pursuit of a career in the environmental and natural resources field.

FPC will partner with Blueprint Foundation, Wisdom of the Elders, Ecotrust, Tualatin River Keeper, Columbia Land Trust and West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District (WMSWCD) is hosting 5 interns for a 12-month internship, providing continuous support and mentorship.

The Internship will allow the participants to gain hands-on experience in fieldwork and shadow experienced professionals while earning a salary and developing a professional network. Interns will have the opportunity to have rotating internship placements with Forest Park Conservancy, Columbia Land Trust and WMSWCD. Additionally, they will have the opportunity to work on special projects with other organizations in the Portland-Metro area.

Participants in the internship will also receive multiple paid training to obtain skills in topics applicable for a successful career in the environmental sector including finance and first aid certifications.

About our Program:

  • Eligibility: The Internship is available for young adults (18-24 years old) who are current or past participants of the Green Workforce Academy Collective; and Tualatin River Keepers’ Green Jobs Training Program.
  • Salary: $16.50/hour.
  • Start date: January 6th, 2020
  • Length: Full time (40 hrs./ week) for a 12-month period.
  • Schedule: Monday through Friday with occasional weekend hours.
  • Internship opportunities: Interns will be placed with FPC, Columbia Land Trust, and WMSWCD and will include opportunities in the following: trail maintenance and construction, habitat enhancement and restoration work such as invasive species control and planting; restoration treatment site monitoring and data collection; volunteer leading and training; work with private landowners on the preparation of conservation plans; program reporting; conservation easement monitoring, etc.
  • Training opportunities: FPC will facilitate access to additional training such as first aid, CPR, plant identification, financial literacy, etc.
  • Additional Program Benefits: At the completion the program, all participants will obtain the following: a) a five-year career road map; b) a draft project plan for a trails and restoration project to be used for future applications; c) an updated resume; f) letters of recommendation; g) experience of at least 1,280 hours of on the ground conservation and restoration training; h) experience of at least 120-hours of job shadowing of a natural resources professional of their choosing.
  • Application process: Submit a short letter of interest (max 1 page) to internships@forestparkconservancy.org by November 20, 2019, explaining why you are interested in joining the program. Please include a reference to the program you are part of or that you graduated from.

For more information about the program, please contact Alejandro Orizola at alejandro@forestparkconservancy.org and (503)223-5449 Ext. 108.

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