Invitation to Apply: Certificate in Ecological Restoration in the San Juan Islands, 2022-23

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Submitted by The Islands Conservation Corps.

The Islands Conservation Corps, a program in the San Juan Islands Conservation District, is accepting applications for the 2022-2023 San Juan Islands Ecological Restoration Certificate Program, offered in partnership with the College of the Environment at Western University. Washington. This certificate combines academic courses with practical field work performing the fundamentals of ecological restoration. By working with regional land management agencies, students proactively address imminent threats to our environment through restoration, conservation and adaptive management. Students will acquire skills in ecological theory, perform technical fieldwork, and collect and analyze field data using software such as ArcGIS and R studio. This certificate is intended for candidates seeking a career in land conservation and management practices, providing accredited courses, networking connections and exposure to potential employers.

CCI registrants participate an average of 21 hours of fieldwork per week, receiving an AmeriCorps payment of $ 900 per month and a scholarship of $ 3,172 which can be applied to their courses throughout. the year. As certificate courses are offered at a reduced price, students incur no disbursement for 20 credits on their transcript. To take credit courses, the program requires an associate’s degree or two years of completed college courses. Students without a two-year course are encouraged to apply and can check out the courses, receiving an unaccredited certificate upon completion of the program.

To learn more about the program and to apply, please visit https://www.sanjuanislandscd.org/icc. Applications will be open until April 1, 2022.

The program thanks the generous support of the Orcas Island Community Foundation, San Juan Community Foundation, Career Connect Washington, Washington Fire Adapted Communities Network, Washington State Department of Natural Resources and our partners. land agencies. This collaboration aims to provide

access to education and career paths in land management.

Upon successful completion of this certificate program, students will be able to:

Design field sampling protocols; manage data to answer environmental questions; apply basic statistical techniques to professionally communicate environmental data;

Use spatial data, spatial data sources and gain hands-on experience in GIS applications; communicate statistical information, field methods and statistical analysis to a wider audience;

Perform technical logging, landscape-scale fire management and riparian restoration with training from the US Forest Service and the Washington Department of Natural Resources

Training in ecological restoration provides a specialty that relates to a wide range of careers. Understanding the challenges in the realm of natural resources and the opportunities for resilience and carbon sequestration provides relevant skills to shape the next generation of managers and practitioners tasked with addressing the landscape constraints of climate change. The certificate prepares individuals for careers such as conservation scientists, natural resource managers and planners, environmental engineers, environmental communications, arborists, wildland firefighters, environmental analysts, conservationists. , government agency employees, sustainability officers, water resource managers, environmental consultants, forest service employees and environmental educators.

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