PATHWAYS TO PARKS

Are you interested in working at local, state, or national parks? While you’re #SaferAtHome, now is a great time to learn about the process and plan your pathway to a career in the parks! Tuesday, May 12 from 1-2pm | How to Get a Job at California State Parks - An Overview Tuesday, May 19 from 1-2pm | CalCareers and State Hiring Exams - Navigating CalCareers and Registering For Exams Tuesday, May 26 from 1-2pm | Ask a California State Park Ranger - FAQ Community Nature Connection recruits new volunteer naturalists for our William O. Douglas Outdoor Classroom programs in Franklin Canyon Park. Due to COVID-19, our Spring training has been postponed. However, please stay tuned for our Summer training dates to come; we are preparing to offer online training if needed so we can meet schools' needs in the Fall. For more information, contact: WODOC@communitynatureconnection.org Angeles National Forest Volunteers give interpretive talks, conduct artist workshops, staff fire lookouts, work with school groups, monitor endemic species, revegetate burned areas, pick up litter, build trails, rove wilderness, study stream conditions, provide information at visitor centers, and so much more. Volunteer.gov presents a variety of opportunities to get to know public land with different state agencies across the U.S.! The Community Nature Connection Restoration program works in partnership with the National Park Service to provide a year-long internship for ages 18 to 26 that focuses on habitat and ecological restoration. After completion of a minimum of 640 hours, interns are eligible for non-competitive hiring by federal land management agencies. Recruitment for the 2021 cohort will commence in fall 2020. For more information, contact: Annakaren@communitynatureconnection.org Los Angeles Conservation Corps is an environmentally focused youth development organization that works with youth from disadvantaged communities. Through work projects, they improve the quality of life for their communities and protect the environment for future generations. Stewards Americorps Programs serve with land-management agencies and organizations in direct service projects that train participants in land-management skills through short-term or year-long AmeriCorps terms and internships. NOLS wilderness training and outdoor leadership offers financial aid and scholarships for their courses. Their Fellowship Program seeks to provide a structured pathway for People of Color to become NOLS instructors as well. To learn more about becoming a Fellow, contact Justin Forrest Parks, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, at diversity@nols.edu Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is a free and local program that educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. California Naturalist (Cal Nat) is a fee based program of the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the California Naturalist Program. Cal Nat is designed for adults including teachers, docents, land stewards, natural resource professionals, and nature enthusiasts wanting to develop a sense of place and participate in service learning and stewardship of natural resources. *CNC will also be offering a CalNat course come Fall 2020! Keep and eye on the Training Institute website or sign up for our CNC mailing list to stay informed about dates! National Association for Interpretation (NAI) training certifications include the Certified Interpretive Guide and Certified Interpretive Host are fee-based courses. The Certified Interpretive Guide curriculum is for individuals who present formal interpretive programs and covers the foundations of interpretation as well as presentation skills at a site. The Certified Interpretive Host program is for individuals to recognize they share part of the interpretation at a site. Local: Mountains Recreation and Conservation Association &  City of Los Angeles, Department of Recreation & Parks offers temporary, seasonal and long-term park positions across Los Angeles! State: California State Parks are Recruiting Peace Officer Cadets California State Parks are accepting applications now through June 17, 2020. For questions or to schedule a ride along, contact the Recruitment     Office at recruitment@parks.ca.gov The US Forest Service is hiring for a variety of positions in fire across California. Apply Apr. 27 - May 13. National: The National Park Service has parks and positions all across the states! *Note many agencies and organizations are facing temporary furloughs and hiring freezes due to COVID-19. Until next week! Take care #saferathome XOXO,

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