The North Fork John Day Watershed Council is hiring people ages 18 and up to staff our Technical Summer Conservation Crews. Crew members will work 4, 10-hour days per week under the supervision of a crew leader. Work will include natural resource projects such as: wilderness trail maintenance, trail and campground surveys, fence removal, habitat development, construction and data collection. Crews will often camp on or near weekly work sites.
Are you looking for a summer job that will give you the chance to enjoy the outdoors, learn new skills in natural resources, and building your resume while giving back to your community? The North Fork John Day Watershed Council is hiring people ages 14 and up to staff our summer conservation crews. Crew members will work full time Monday thru Friday under the supervision of a crew leader. Crews will take on natural resource projects including wilderness trail maintenance, trail and campground surveys, fence removal and data collection.
The North Fork John Day Watershed Council (NFJDWC) is looking for motivated people 21 years of age and older who would like to make a difference for the people and the natural resources in the Upper John Day River Basin. NFJDWC seeks crew leaders to guide and encourage 4-5 Summer Youth Conservation Crew employees (ages 14 and up) in performing diverse natural resource tasks. This position may require leading projects that involve the use of chainsaws, cross cut saws and hand tools (training provided).
The North Fork John Day Watershed Council and The Malheur National Forest partnered to restore wet meadow storage capacity in the Big Creek Sub-watershed. Youth Crews were used to fill incised gullies with wood debris to push the water table back up to the meadow floor. This is an innovative approach to wet meadow restoration and we are excited to see the long-term results of the work.
The 13,400 acre Desolation Creek, LLC property is situated in Northern Grant County. It borders the Umatilla National Forest and the Bridge Creek Wildlife Area and encompasses 10 miles of the seminal Desolation Creek. The land was purchased in 2014 with the primary stewardship goals of restoration and community development. The landowners maintain access to the public and encourage responsible hunting, camping and recreation use. The property also serves as a grazing allotment for 3 ranching families in Grant County.
Each year the North Fork John Day Watershed Council Summer Youth Program grows and improves! The summer of 2016 marks a milestone for participation and accomplishments. This is best illustrated in knowing that partners expected this summer’s crews to complete 7 miles of recreational trail rehabilitation. With great crew leaders and determined, hard-working youth, they instead completed 112 miles! Our Grant County kids rock!
The winter is not a time to monitor the frigid mountain streams that make up the Middle Fork of the John Day River watershed, but work on the Intensively Monitored Watershed continues. The North Fork John Day Watershed Council plays a key role in data collection and management for the IMW working group. See below to learn more about the efforts made during the Fall of 2016. Also be sure to check out the news section of the main IMW web page at: http://www.middleforkimw.org/
Watch carefully as you drive the forests and fields of Grant County. You might see a special sight: Young adults employed by the North Fork John Day Watershed Council are hard at work in our fields and forests this summer. The woods are humming with the busy sound of projects being accomplished across the County. Click below to read more about the projects the crew have been working on.
This year’s lunch and learn program has been a great success! Over the last five weeks, there has been an average of 9 kids attending, ages 4 to 12. The kids have been doing all hands on projects ranging from painting bird houses, flower and weed collages, creating animal totem poles, and making a nature story out of their name. It’s great to see the kids eager to attend and learn about things in their watershed.
Wet meadows are being restored on 13,400 acres in northern Grant County flanking Desolation Creek. The project will restore degraded meadow and spring habitat in order to re-establish flow and improve riparian functionality.
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