Youth Outdoor Network

TNC is working with the US Forest Service, Western Slope Conservation Center, the Delta and Montrose County School Districts, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Bureau of Land Management and many other partners to create a ‘youth outdoor network’ within local high schools.

Youth Outdoor Network

Western Slope Conservation Center is hiring an Americorps VISTA Volunteer!

The Youth Outdoor Network, part of The Nature Connection GOCO Inspire grant focused on getting youth connected to jobs in the natural resource sector, is in need of an Americorps Vista Volunteer for 2018-2019. Western Slope Conservation Center, The Nature Connection, The United States Forest Service, and GOCO Inspire are teaming up to host this talented individual, and that could be YOU! Please see the following links for more information:

What is the ‘Youth Outdoor Network’?

The Nature Connection is working in conjunction with the US Forest Service, the Western Slope Conservation Center, the Delta and Montrose County School Districts, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Bureau of Land Management and many other partners to create a ‘Youth Outdoor Network’ within high schools in Hotchkiss, Paonia, Delta, Cedaredge, and Olathe. The Youth Outdoor Network will provide high school youth with an opportunity to understand and enter into the natural resource sector job market. From this group, leadership from each school will help to influence the GOCO Inspire grant that the Nature Connection has been awarded. The Youth Outdoor Network provides youth input into the overall process of identifying the best ways to get youth outdoors in their community.

Creating opportunity to inspire the next generation

Young people receive tailored learning opportunities to encourage their interests and provide them with chances to ‘test’ jobs at a young age in hopes of inspiring their future career paths. This will be accomplished by providing networking opportunities between students and professionals in the natural resource sector as well as providing exciting outdoor field trips that incorporate hands-on learning experiences. We will also engage local high school students in the formal US Forest Service Forest Plan Revision process through the upcoming Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forest.

Benefits of the program

Students will learn what jobs are available in the natural resource sector, how and when to apply for jobs, and what experience will be necessary to attain such jobs after high school. They will also gain a basic understanding of the forest plan revision process and how to provide meaningful comments. Additionally, students will gain a network of professionals, new friends, and mentors to assist with future endeavors as well as self-confidence, and leadership skills!

Student Information & Job Resources


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Western Slope Conservation Center is hiring an Americorps VISTA Volunteer! See details on the left side of the page.

Wildland Firefighter - Engine/Fire Suppression Module (Range/Forestry Aid/Technician)
  • Opening Date: 12/04/2017
  • Agency: Bureau of Land Management
  • Location: Canon City, CO; Craig, CO; Dolores, CO; Grand Junction, CO; Kremmling, CO; Meeker, CO; Monte Vista, CO; Montrose, CO; Norwood, CO; Rifle, CO; & more locations in NM, UT, and AZ
  • Closing Date: 02/27/2018
Wildland Firefighter - Wildland Fire Module (Range/Forestry Aid/Technician)
  • Opening Date: 12/04/2017
  • Agency: Bureau of Land Management
  • Location: Grand Junction, CO
  • Closing Date: 02/27/2018
Wildland Firefighter (Range/Forestry Aid/Technician)
  • Opening Date: 11/27/2017
  • Agency: US Fish & Wildlife Service
  • Location: Colorado Springs, CO; Maybell, CO
  • Closing Date: 02/27/2018
Wildland Firefighter (Range/Forestry Aid/Technician)
  • Opening Date: 11/27/2017
  • Agency: National Park Service
  • Location: Estes Park, CO
  • Closing Date: 02/27/2018

The Nature Connection would like to thank Partners in the Outdoors and Colorado Parks and Recreation Association in partnership with Colorado Parks and Wildlife as well as GOCO (Great Outdoors Colorado) for their grant support of this project. We would also like to thank our partners for their assistance.

For more information, please contact the Youth Outdoor Network Coordinator at yoncoordinator@theconservationcenter.org.

Youth Outdoor Network Calendar

Youth Outdoor Network Articles

Read these student written articles from the Youth Outdoor Network: