Ashland Watershed Youth Training and Employment Program
Spend Your Summer Making A Difference!
During the summer 2017 season, Lomakatsi Restoration Project invites 20 juniors and seniors from Medford, Phoenix and Ashland High Schools to get employed and gain hands-on workforce training and educational experiences in ecological restoration and ecosystem management. Put on your boots and gloves and get to work restoring the forests and streams of southwest Oregon.
During this four-week intensive, program participants will be employed by Lomakatsi’s hands-on workforce training and environmental education program. Selected students will be paid $11 an hour to conduct work projects four days per week.
Gain Valuable Workforce Experience!
Under the guidance of Lomakatsi’s professional workforce trainers and guest natural resource specialists, participants will take part in stewardship-related activities that include ecological restoration, technical forestry, botany, invasive species management, ecological monitoring, fire ecology, stream restoration, watershed management, wildlife habitat restoration, trail maintenance, soil science, and more. Engaging in positive work experience and teamwork development, program participants will develop professional skills, a sense of responsibility and self-sufficiency, a long-term community service and stewardship ethic, knowledge and increased interest in natural resource academic study, and the ability to obtain future employment in natural resource management. Participants will also gain exposure to STEM subjects (i.e., Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) which have been identified as being paramount to our Nation’s ability to remain innovative and competitive in the years to come.
Working Across the Landscape
The Program is integrated into Lomakatsi’s long-term landscape-scale forest and watershed restoration projects through established stewardship and cooperative agreements with federal agencies. From the top to the bottom, the Ashland Watershed and surrounding land are utilized as outdoor laboratories in which youth participants learn about and help restore numerous environmental types.
Read about the AWYTE Program in the Forest Service’s Region 6 September 2015 Update! The article includes great photos, including when youth participants and Lomakatsi staff met Chief of the Forest Service Thomas Tidwell.
-> Photo Gallery, 2016 Click here.
-> Photo Gallery, 2015 Click here.
-> Photo Gallery, 2014 Click here.
-> Photo Gallery, 2013 Click here
-> News stories and videos
Students Work on Preserving Watershed, by Rob Scott, July 17, 2013, Newswatch KDRV 12, re Lomakatsi’s Ashland Watershed Youth Training and Employment Program. Article and video with student interviews.
Fire Line to the Future: Students learn forestry skills while helping improve the health of Ashland’s watershed, July 23, 2013, by Paul Fattig, Ashland Daily Tidings, re. Lomakatsi’s Ashland Watershed Youth Training and Employment Program.
Outreach and Communications Manager Leah Schrodt interviewed on KOBI’s Five on 5 about Lomakatsi’s Ashland Watershed Youth Training and Employment Program and its hardworking students –“They’re the ones that are showing us that we’ve got hope for the future.” For the video, click here.