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Tualatin Riverkeepers, Centro Cultural, Muslim Educational Trust and Oregon Community Trees would like to announce year two of our exciting new jobs training opportunity for our community. In Fall of 2017, we will launch another introductory training for jobs in environmental careers, specifically for Urban Forestry. Urban Forestry is the study of designing, installing, and managing trees in an urban and semi-urbanized landscape. 

 Urban Foresters are jobs that are in demand because small and large businesses as well as cities and public agencies employ urban foresters to design and install trees on their properties. This includes restaurants, corporate industrial facilities, malls and city parks to name a few.

 Job Trainings: trainings will be structured around a group of 6 students competitively chosen from community consultations facilitated by Centro Cultural and Muslim Educational Trust (MET).  3 students will be trained at Centro Cultural and 3 students will be trained from MET simultaneously. Trainings will give students knowledge of diverse job skills needed in Urban Forestry, while also giving them exposure to experts in urban forestry who will present lectures and offer good networking connections for students.

Courses will be taught from 6-8pm (with field practicum) weekly during Fall 2017-Winter 2018 and students will be reimbursed $12/hour for attendance at these trainings.  This will be followed-up by 80-100 hours paid on the job training intended to apply skills learned with employers through TRK’s network of urban forestry professionals. Transport stipends for buses to training will also be considered. Beyond the cohort of 6 students, the coursework is also open to the general public with a focus on Centro/MET’s focal communities.

The training program is open to anyone above 18 years old, with a preference for older adults in career transition looking to work in the environmental field or urban forestry. The program is particularly suitable for those with an interest in science, engineering, agriculture, nurseries, landscape architecture and botany. It is hoped that eventually some of the participants will explore college degrees (2 and 4 year) at local schools based on completing the course work. For example, PCC Rock Creek has a Landscape Technology 2 year degree that is related to this training and will make candidates for the program more competitive. Partners are working on getting credit at PCC Rock Creek for this training and all course participants will receive a certificate detailing their training signed by partners Tualatin Riverkeepers, Oregon Community Trees, Centro Cultural, and Muslim Educational Trust.

Urban Forestry Training Schedule
Pre-course celebration and information session: Friday, Aug 255-8pm
Come learn more about the TRK/MET/Centro Cultural environmental jobs training program set to launch in September with a BBQ at Tigard’s Summer Lake Park! On hand will be Program Directors Mike Skuja, Juan Carlos Gonzalez, and Rania Ayoub.  Select employers from Year 1 of the jobs training program along with participants of Urban Forestry cohort #1 and their families will also join you.  TRK will go over aims of the program, have applications on hand for you to fill out, and discuss employers needs in this growing urban forestry field. Watch the sunset near Summer Creek (a tributary of the Tualatin River) as you and your family learn more about how forests and water quality intersect. This is a family friendly event with BBQ, drinks, a covered shelter, and a children’s playground.
Location: Summer Lake Park (Shelter #1), 11450 SW Winter Lake Dr, Tigard, OR

Module 1: Course Pilot + Stormwater management (September 116-8pm)
Why are we here? Where are we going and how is the program structured? TRK will go through all questions and plans for the coming 3 months ahead. Then its onto water, trees, and connections with job skills training! Fresh water is one of our most vital resources, and when our water is polluted it is not only devastating to the environment, but also to human health. Students will be trained in collecting water samples to test for turbidity, dissolved oxygen, and bacteria. This data can be used by organizations like Clean Water Services to analysis overall stream health. After the data has been collected students will be able to work with the data to perform their own analysis. This part of the program will consist of data analysis training in computer software such as Excel and R-studios. During the field sessions students will also be taught about causes of water quality degradation, how they can identify polluters, and what actions they can take as concerned citizens.
Location: MET (classroom) and Fanno Creek Greenway (field visit)

Module 2: Urban Forestry, restoration, and the private sector
This lecture will give you a window into the private sector of urban forestry and environmental restoration. Students will learn about a local restoration contractor named Ash Creek Forest Management (http://ashcreekforestry.com/) and how they have built a business from the ground up that thrives financially and also ensures sound ecological management of select habitats in the Tualatin River watershed. To date, ACFM managed over 5,000 acres of diverse habitats throughout northwest Oregon and southwest Washington and success includes:

o    Planted over 4.5 million trees and shrubs
o    Collected, purchased and applied thousands of pounds of native plant seed
o    Procured and installed hundreds of thousands of herbaceous plant plugs
o    Developed and implemented grants and plans for restoration of thousands of acres of important Pacific Northwest habitats
o    Monitored sites and produced reports for agency and private clients

For the urban forestry students, ACFM will discuss: who they are and what do they do, what kind of work are they currently engaged in throughout WA County, what kinds of employees work there and what do they do on a day to day basis and what skill sets are useful to enter the restoration field and gain employment with them.
Location: Centro Cultural Jobs Center in Hillsboro 

Module 3: Water quality in the home with rain barrels (September 256-8pm)
Water quality and forestry issues within the region can become daunting and sometimes deflating to students that are new to the topic. While urban forestry depends on trees that receive adequate water, its not just parks that need landscapes designed for watering trees. This section will teach the students about way the general public can support watershed health at home or at school. Rain barrels, rain garden, native vegetation, and ‘nature-scaping’ are all techniques the students will learn about pertaining to water conservation, and water quality. Students will be encouraged to reach out to their families, their neighbors, their communities to assist in implementing the techniques and skills they learn.
Location: Centro Cultural Jobs Center in Hillsboro + rain barrel hook up at jobs center

Module 4: Ecological Site Design (October 26-8pm)
When a city, business, or individual household wants to plant more trees on site, what is involved to bring this process to reality? This module will explain how urban foresters attain employment, ask questions of their client to understand needs, and ultimately design a site plan which details what trees will be planted and where, along with a maintenance plan.
Location: MET (classroom) and Fanno Creek Greenway (field component)

Module 5: Trees and their benefits: explaining the value-added to the public (October 96-8pm)
Urban foresters and arborists are often tasked with explaining the multitude of environmental and economic benefits trees offer to a public largely unfamiliar with them.  This seminar will go over the various fields in urban forestry (arboriculture, horticulture, landscape architecture), as well as teaching students how to explain the benefits of trees to the public.
Location: Centro Cultural Jobs Center in Hillsboro

Module 6: Tree maintenance-Pruning and Risk Assessment (October 166-8pm)
One of the most important steps in  involves maintaining their health. This is something restoration and urban forestry professionals spend a majority of their time doing. In this module you will learn pruning techniques and evaluating risks of trees falling down or being harmed by disease. It will include an introduction to the basics of tree climbing (knots/rigging) as well as seasonality associated with tree planting to create tangential environmental benefits (wildlife habitat, etc).
Location: MET (classroom) and MET courtyard (field component)

Module 7: Tree Species Identification (October 236-8pm)
Oregon is home to over 300 different species of trees, each of which thrives in different types of sites and provide different benefits and features. Learning about our diverse tree species can turn a walk in the park into a visit with tree friends, as you enjoy observing how each species changes with the seasons and grows over the years. During this lecture, Ruth Williams will make trees come alive with color photos and cut samples of tree species to help you learn 20 common trees. She will also cover basic tree anatomy and physiology, critical components of arboriculture.
Location: Centro Cultural Jobs Center in Hillsboro with tree identification walk outside of facilities

Module 8: Business incubation for new foresters and green enterprise (October 306-8pm)
Portland offers some examples of successful microenterprise for green business, most recently with Verde (http://www.verdenw.org/).  Washington County wants homegrown businesses like Verde, but conceptualized and led by local leaders serving the communities they live in near Forest Grove, Cornelius, and Hillsboro. This module will go into the basics of business incorporation, marketing and leadership so participants can gain further perspective on long-term goals. It also offers some training in cover letter construction for environmental jobs.
Location: Centro Cultural Jobs Center in Hillsboro (class + on site tree planting)

Module 9: Tree planting 101 (November 66-8pm)
Let’s put some plants in the ground! This module will look at tree installation and safety considerations when beginning on the ground work. Urban foresters also need to be familiar with both native and non-native species to use in their daily work with diverse groups of clients with sometimes widely differing interests. So we will also discuss common native trees in Oregon and their environmental benefits as well as the most common non-native trees and considerations in their planting (height, competition with natives, whether they are drought adapted or not).
Location: MET (on site tree planting)

Module 10:  Special jobs readiness for students placed with employers only (November 136-8pm)
You are almost set to start your jobs training. What will be expected of you? What do you wear for outdoors work? Do you need any tools/special clothes? What is the protocol for office clothing, timeliness, reporting to the boss, etc?  How do I communicate with colleagues and supervisors over email and phone?
Location: Centro Cultural Jobs Center in Hillsboro
Submit applications (questions below) by Sept 17, 2017 to MET’s Rania Ayoub (rania@metpdx.org) or Centro Cultural’s Juan Carlos González (jgonzalez@centrocultural.org)


Support our scholarship for a student from Muslim Educational Trust to study Urban Forestry!