Green Jobs Training Program

The 2019 Green Jobs Training Program is almost done! See what we've been up to below.

August 12th 2019

The Green Jobs students are close to completing their program and for August the theme was soils. This workshop was possible due to a collaboration between Dean Moberg and Jericho Winter of USDA-NRCS, Chantel Huff from the Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District and Kassia Rudd of Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom. Students learned the principles of soil taxonomy and soil health. For the field portion, the soil experts explained the geological history of our region and how the soil we have today is the result of previous events such as the Missoula Floods. During our field trip, we had the opportunity to visit beautiful oak savannah near Gaston with different soil types. This was a very hands-on workshop. Students were able to perform soil texture tests, where they were required to grab dirt and get it moist to classify the kind of soil. Many thanks to our partners for making these sessions possible to help us learn and value the natural resources from this area.

July 25th 2019

For July, the Green Jobs students had a training session on how to become a Pest Detector. The lecture was delivered by Amy Grotta from OSU Extension and Brandy Saffell from Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District. The main focus of the class was to learn to identify trees hosting the Emerald Ash Borer or the Asian Longhorned Beetle. During class, students were taught to detect trees with pest symptoms such as exit holes, “serpentine” galleries in the bark and crown die-back. The field component included a visit to a park in Tigard where they had the opportunity to identify different kinds of trees as well as any potential sign of invasive insects. This session was both informative and fun for everybody!

June 15th 2019

Summer is just around the corner and the Green Jobs Training Program cohort is enjoying workshops in some of the beautiful parks around our region. For June, the featured theme was Trail Restoration. Ingry Thurow and Alejandro Orizola from the Forest Park Conservancy shared their expertise and students learned about the different aspects involved in trail restoration such as soil type, topography and trail materials. For the field portion, students got hands-on experience on the trails at Forest Park in Portland. They were able to identify areas in need of restoration. Handling loppers and pruners, students removed vegetation along the trails and contributed to maintaining Forest Park. Many thanks to the Forest Park Conservancy for providing this opportunity to our Green Jobs students.

May 18th 2019

For the May sessions, students of the Green Jobs Training Program learned about Urban Forestry and Tree ID. I would like to give a very special thanks to Clare Carney from City of Portland Parks and Recreation Urban Forestry, who helped with both the lecture and the field components. Students were taught the correct methodology for taking tree measurements such as width and length and also learned features to identify tree species present in Portland Parks. For the field workshop, students went to Gabriel Park, where they had the opportunity to perform arborist tasks and handle equipment such as a laser hypsometer, which is used to measure tree height. They were also exposed to a variety of different tree species like deodar cedar, Norway spruce, larch and big leaf maple that required to be identified and located. Overall, it was both a very informative and fun experience.

April 27th 2019

The Green Jobs students just completed their classes about stormwater treatment. For their April lecture, students had the opportunity to implement the elements of green infrastructure taught to them at a previous class. All of them displayed their artistic abilities while creating their own designs; projects ranged from green roofs to bio-swales and rain gardens.The students shared their excitement about their designs and suggested applying them to real-life scenarios that would improve their surroundings. For their field trip, our board member Brett Laney offered a tour around the Cleanwater Services Wastewater Treatment Facility at Durham. After this series of stormwater management classes, students gained a wider perspective of maintaining a healthy watershed and being able to enjoy of clean water in their daily lives.

March 30th 2019

The Green Jobs Training Program cohort completed their third activity, Low Impact Development Approaches (LIDA). Tony Gilbertson from Clean Water Services and Tracy Bardell from Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation District (THPRD) shared their expertise and background in this subject. Students first had a lecture to become familiarized with terms like impervious asphalt, bioswales, vegetated corridors, and rain gardens. For their field workshop, they visited the PCC Rock Creek facilities where our partners showed students the location of bioswales and rain gardens in a real life setting as well as the different plants required for this kind of technique. Additionally, students were taught about the maintenance and upkeep of green infrastructure and had a real life demonstration of how permeable concrete lets water infiltrate and pass through to the underlying ground as opposed to the impervious surfaces.

February 23rd 2019

The Green Jobs Training Program already had its second session and our student cohort is remaining strong. This month students learned about Amphibian Surveys.

For this lesson, our awesome partners from The Wetlands Conservancy stepped in and offered training to identify amphibian egg masses in the water. Our target species included the Red Legged Frog (Rana aurora), Northwestern Salamander (Ambystoma gracile), Chorus frog (Pseudcacris regilla) and the long-toed salamander (Ambystoma macrodactylum). For the field portion, we all jumped into our waders and started surveying the ponds.

Students surveyed for any amphibian egg masses they could find floating. It was both challenging and fun for everybody, since most of the time we were pulling our feet from the silt without losing our balance. Luckily, no one got wet and they all enjoyed a fantastic day outdoors.

We didn’t see many egg masses during the survey, however Megan Garvey and Kacy Woodley of The Wetlands Conservancy have ample experience and students had the opportunity to identify cool stuff such as beaver dams and also spotted rough-skinned newts! Overall, this month was very fun for everybody, next up we are learning about Green Infrastructure in urban areas.

January 26, 2019

This year we had a record attendance at our Orientation Day! It was incredible to meet all these people that are so enthusiastic about the environment. There were guest speakers from organizations such as OSU Extension, The Wetlands Conservancy, Jackson Bottom Wetlands, Forest Park Conservancy, and Learning Gardens Laboratory.

These professionals shared their experience in the green jobs sector and students had the opportunity to ask questions and talk about their interests. We already had our January class about native plant restoration. Students attended a lecture and a field workshop at Barrows Meadow with Friends of Trees (pictured above). We all had a blast learning new techniques for plant care, using all kinds of tools, and mulching newly planted vegetation.

Stay tuned for our next update on the Green Jobs Training Program which will be about Amphibian Surveys.