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Putah Creek Council offers green jobs training, internships

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From left, Haley Wooning, Ben Russell, Caitrin Vadnais, and Madeira Alba transplant sedges in the Putah Creek Council's native plant nursery, as part of a Green Jobs Training internship. Courtesy photo

Putah Creek Council has unpaid summer internships available for local residents ages 16 and older. Interns in the program will learn from, and work closely with, experts in the fields of habitat restoration, native plant landscaping, outdoor recreation management, native plant propagation and nursery management.

Internships are a valuable way to gain job skills, learn about a profession, receive mentorship and be part of a community effort, a news release said. Interns who successfully complete their internship receive a letter of recommendation from their host organization, which can be an asset for college and job applications.

The 2014 summer intern schedule will be Tuesdays from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the plant nursery in South Davis and Wednesdays from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., alternating weekly between helping to care for plants along the North Davis Riparian Greenbelt and working on habitat improvement projects and trail building at Lake Solano. Interns will work from June to September under the supervision of Putah Creek Council staff.

In the nursery, interns will learn native plant identification, propagation and other aspects of nursery operations. In the field, interns will learn how to run, maintain and repair drip irrigation; care for field-planted native vegetation; build and maintain trails; and manage other public recreation resources.· Training will be provided.

* Interns must provide their own transportation;
* Interns must be physically fit, able to lift 25 pounds, able to walk and stand on uneven ground, and willing to work in an outdoor setting without access to air-conditioning during the summer;
* Interns will set their own schedule by choosing to be part of any or all components: nursery on Tuesdays, greenbelt on Wednesdays and/or Lake Solano on Wednesdays.
Students who are interested in learning more about these opportunities may email sara@putahcreekcouncil.org or call 530-795-3006.

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