Habitat Restoration Apprentice
Status: Temporary, Full-time (40-hours/week, 4–8-week term) with opportunity for extension or hiring to permanent position
Location: ACFM Hillsboro main office (primary location) and field sites in the Portland metro area
Start Date: June 26, 2023
Position Benefits: $16.50 an hour plus performance bonus; paid training; professional mentorship and networking; college credit eligibility with sponsoring university; ACFM certifications, professional ecological restoration skills, and references.
To apply: Please email a resume and cover letter describing your interests and qualifications to: Human Resources Manager at email@example.com Subject: APPRENTICE application
Deadline: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and until positions are filled. Learn more about Ash Creek Forest Management at www.ashcreekforestry.com
Ash Creek Forest Management, LLC is offering paid apprenticeships for early-career professionals who have faced historic, systemic, or socioeconomic barriers to entry into the natural resource management profession. Black/Indigenous/People of Color (BIPOC), women, and youth from rural areas, with low-income, or who identify as LGBTQ+ are encouraged to apply. We may also consider applicants who do not meet these criteria; please inquire if you have any questions about joining the apprenticeship program.
Successful applicants will work and learn in a small cohort with other apprentices and under the guidance of industry professionals. The apprentice position will be working in the field and in office/classroom. Apprentices will gain knowledge and experience essential for entry-level positions in the habitat restoration industry; will conduct work on restoration projects throughout the greater Portland metro area; will learn a variety of habitat restoration principles and methods; and will be engaged in a cohort to foster community creation and lifelong professional networking opportunities.
Apprentice will receive introduction to:
· Habitat Restoration principles and techniques
· Conservation Strategies and Comprehensive Plans
· Site Assessment and Project Development
· Plant Identification methods and practice
· Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Invasive Species Management
· Habitat Mapping and Monitoring
· Teamwork and Leadership skills
Apprentices will receive field training and/or certification in:
· Safe Mechanical/Power Tool Use
· Equipment Maintenance and Repair
· Herbicide Application
· Truck and Trailer Driving
· CPR/First Aid
Apprenticeship fieldwork may include:
· Control invasive weeds through a variety of IPM techniques, including careful herbicide application and mechanical/manual removal
· Install native plant stock, including containers, plugs, bulbs, and bareroot
· Collect native plant seed and materials
· Native and invasive plant mapping or monitoring
· Other seasonal tasks as requested
Essential Physical Requirements:
· Ability, motivation, and endurance for eight to ten hours of productive manual labor
· Ability to work outdoors across uneven terrain during inclement weather
· Ability to lift 45 lbs.
· Ability to commit to the program schedule for minimum of 4 weeks
· 18 –24 years of age · U.S. citizen or eligibility to work in the U.S.
· Reliable means of transportation to Hillsboro office and/or worksites
· Experience working collaboratively and with a team
· Background or interest in environmental science/studies, biology, native plant horticulture, gardening, and/or the outdoors