Land Management Training

“I am walking away...with a wealth of experience and I know that having this internship under my belt will help me throughout my life…. Everybody we encountered gave us the opportunity to learn and gave us tools we would need to succeed as…land managers.”

Andrew Wester SSU Preserves Coastal Grasslands Training Program

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Coastal prairie intern working at Occidental Arts and Ecology Center

Modeled on the SSU Preserves' Coastal Grassland Restoration Program, the Land Management Program will begin in Spring 2014. Like the Grassland Program, the Land Management Program prepares students to work on ecological restoration projects with land managers at four partner sites in Sonoma County (Bodega Marine Reserve (UC Davis), Fairfield Osborn Preserve, the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, and Pepperwood). In addition to grassland restoration techniques, students will learn riparian and forestry restoration strategies. Partner agencies, along with the Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District, will provide training as well as work sites to the students.

A five-day training focuses on species identification, ecology, use of restoration tools, and management plan design. Once trained, the students are a “hot commodity” among land managers, visiting sites with a variety of restoration needs, and gaining on-the-ground understanding of regional considerations in land management.  

Who Can Participate - The training program is open to everyone above the age of 18 who wishes to participate. Internship units and special studies credit are available for SSU students.

How to Sign Up - You must attend an informational meeting to enroll in the Training. Informational meetings are held at the beginning of the Spring semester. All meetings are held after 5 pm on campus to accommodate participant schedules. For locations and dates, please view our Calendar (click on the Calendar tab below the banner photo on the home page).

Schedule - The Naturalist Training Program occurs on five consecutive Saturdays, 9 am to 5 pm, at the beginning of each semester. Please view the Calendar (click on the Calendar tab below the banner photo on the home page).

Additional Information - At the end of the training there is a quiz that trainees must pass.

Contact - SSU Preserves Education and Reservations Manager Suzanne DeCoursey