top of page

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 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




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.



Required Qualifications:

· 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



Preferred Qualifications:

· Experience working collaboratively and with a team

· Background or interest in environmental science/studies, biology, native plant horticulture, gardening, and/or the outdoors

bottom of page