Ashland Watershed Youth Training and Employment Program

Ashland Watershed
Youth Ecological Training & Employment Program

June 20 – July 14, 2022 | Mon-Thu* | 8 hrs/day | $16/hr
View the flyer, and apply online. Applications due May 16.

Spend Your Summer Making A Difference!
This summer, Lomakatsi Restoration Project invites juniors and seniors from Medford, Phoenix, Talent and Ashland area high schools to apply for a summer job to gain hands-on training and educational experience in ecological restoration and ecosystem management. Put on your boots and gloves and get to work restoring the forests and streams of southwest Oregon.

Get Paid!
During this four-week intensive program, selected participants will be employed by Lomakatsi and paid $16 an hour to train, learn, and conduct restoration work 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, participants will develop professional skills, a sense of responsibility and self-sufficiency, a long-term community service and stewardship ethic, knowledge about 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 has been identified as being paramount to our Nation’s ability to remain innovative and competitive in the years to come. 

Working Across the Landscape
This 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 lands are utilized as outdoor laboratories where youth participants learn and take an active role in restoring numerous environmental types, from upland forests to streamside habitat. View a past program Activity Schedule as an example.

2022 Program Info:

Click here for the 2022 Ashland Watershed program flyer

June 20 – July 14, 2022
Mon – Thu* | 8 hours per day | $16 per hour

* In 2022, participants will work Friday, July 8 instead of Monday, July 4

Applications due by Monday, May 16!

(Don’t see the button above? Click here to apply online.)

-> News stories and videos

Youth crews learn in the forest, by Allayana Darrow, July 26, 2021, Medford Mail Tribune & Ashland Tidings, about Lomakatsi’s Ashland Watershed Youth Training & Employment Program.

Stopping wildfire before it happens, by Joe Zavala, August 25, 2020, Medford Mail Tribune & Ashland Tidings, about Lomakatsi’s Ashland Watershed Youth Training & Employment Program.

Field Study, by Caitlin Fowlkes, July 8, 2019, Medford Mail Tribune & Ashland Tidings, about Lomakatsi’s Ashland Watershed Youth Training & Employment Program.

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.

Students Work on Preserving Watershedby 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.

Lomakatsi staff 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.

For photos from recent youth programs, please view our Facebook page:

Photo Archive:

-> Photo Gallery, 2016    Click here.

-> Photo Gallery, 2015    Click here.

-> Photo Gallery, 2014    Click here.

-> Photo Gallery, 2013    Click here

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