Training the next generation of natural resource managers
About Redwoods Rising
Redwoods Rising is a collaboration between Save the Redwoods League, the National Park Service, and California State Parks that will greatly accelerate redwood forest recovery within these parks and help protect their remaining old-growth groves.
Approximately 80,000 of the parks’ 120,000 acres of redwood forests (that’s two-thirds) — bear the scars of decades of industrial-scale commercial logging — some of which took place as recently as the 1990s. The mission is to protect old growth stands, restore redwood forest ecosystems, and ensure the long-term health of these lands.
Redwoods Rising integrates multiple disciplines to achieve landscape-scale ecosystem restoration. Redwoods Rising is about to begin its 5th year implementing ecosystem restoration projects in the northern Greater Mill Creek (GMC) area (comprised by Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park and Redwood National Park) and the southern Greater Prairie Creek (GPC) area (comprised by Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park and Redwood National Park).
Redwoods Rising Apprenticeships
Apply to the 2024 Redwoods Rising Apprenticeship Program
For more information on the 2024 Redwoods Rising Apprenticeship, please review the Job Announcement and Application below.
- Download 2024 Announcement & Position Descriptions (external link)
- Fill out the 2024 Application (external link)
Applications due Friday, February 16, 2024 by 11:59 pm.
Apprentices are hired every year from Cal Poly Humboldt and College of the Redwoods. Apprentices work alongside RNSP scientists on many different components of Redwoods Rising including collecting data for road removal, forestry restoration, watershed restoration, and more. Apprentices spend their time in the field collecting data in second-growth forests that is essential for treating and improving the degraded forests. Apprenticeship tasks vary year to year depending on project needs. Apprentices develop skills in scientific inventory and monitoring, data collection and survey methods, public speaking, and field safety.
Redwoods Rising has hired Watershed, Roads, Forestry, Botany, and Ecological Monitoring Apprentices to work on a variety of projects to advance the recovery of redwoods throughout the Northern California coast. Learn more about each area by reading their descriptions below.
Apprentices will be selected to work on restoration projects in Redwood National and State Parks and will function as a team, working closely with staff from the National Park Service on redwood ecosystem restoration. This program will provide professional networking opportunities with Save the Redwoods League, the National Park Service, and California State Parks. Apprentices will develop skills in scientific inventory and monitoring, data collection and survey methods, public speaking, and field safety. Necessary field equipment including a first aid kit will be provided by Redwoods Rising, however, apprentices typically supply their own clothing, boots, etc. If you do not have your own gear or ability to obtain it, please still apply, as we may be able to help with certain items.
- Applicants should expect long days (four 10-hour days/week) of arduous fieldwork, hiking off trail, variable hours, and work that will require attention to detail.
- Summer work will be 12 weeks (40hrs/week) with a required orientation during the first two days of the Apprenticeship beginning on May 20 and ending on August 9.
- The reporting location for all apprenticeships, except for those based in Del Norte County, will be the Save the Redwoods League office in McKinleyville, CA.
Eligibility Requirements (if hired) – applicants must:
- Be enrolled for classes in Fall 2024 semester or graduating this spring from Cal Poly Humboldt (CPH) or College of the Redwoods (CR).
- Complete the Defensive Driver Training (online) prior to May 20.
- Be willing to complete a federal or state background check.
- Have a valid driver’s license (or obtain one prior to May 20.
- Be willing to work long days with arduous fieldwork, hiking off trail, and variable hours.
- Arrange their own transportation to work reporting location (McKinleyville, CA).
- Deliver a culminating presentation to Redwood National & State Parks staff at the end of the field season and also possibly at the Informational Meeting for next year’s apprenticeship.
Successful applicants will demonstrate: Attention to detail and direction, an eagerness to learn, values and respect for collaboration and shared responsibility, and a positive attitude. Apprentices will be allowed one week of unpaid vacation in the Summer.
Payment for this apprenticeship is $16.00/hour for 40 hours per week, with the work typically being done in four ten-hour shifts. Once the overtime (1.5x pay) rate is applied to two hours per day, the final rate is $17.60/hr.
Details for each area of apprenticeship can be explored below.
Visit the Redwoods Rising Website to learn more about the project.
- Save the Redwoods League, California State Parks and the National Park Service seek to increase diversity in the workplace and are committed to creating an environment of equity and inclusion. People of all identities, backgrounds, and cultures are encouraged to apply.
- 2024 Redwoods Rising Apprenticeship Application – Due by Friday, February 16 by 11:59 pm.
- If you have any questions, please contact Bo Field at [email protected]
Meet the Program Leads
Dr. Lucy Kerhoulas is an Associate Professor in the Department of Forestry, Fire, and Rangeland Management at Cal Poly Humboldt. She has a B.S. in Botany and an M.S. in Biology from Cal Poly Humboldt (thesis on coast redwood physiology), as well as a Ph.D. from Northern Arizona University. Her Forest Physiology Lab investigates all-things-forest-related – she enjoys exploring the natural world! Lucy is also a Councilor for Save the Redwoods League, serving on their Science and Restoration Committee. She has been involved with Redwoods Rising since its establishment in 2018 and is honored to help simultaneously facilitate professional development opportunities for students and restoration activities in Redwood National and State Parks through this Apprenticeship program.