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Watershed Academy~Job Pathways for Water and Climate Resilience

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  1. Mastering the skills and lessons of the Watershed Academy

    What is the Cycle of Getting Good Environmental Projects Done on the Ground?
  2. Getting on Board - the Paper Work: Emergency contact, Liability and Media Release, Contact Info and Coordinating Schedule
    5 Quizzes
  3. Creating and Keeping a Safe and Productive Work Environment
    2 Topics
  4. Keeping a timelog
  5. Pathways, Principles and Premises of Becoming a Water Protector
    Who is a Water Protector
  6. Job Pathways in Environmental Science and Protection
  7. Tracking your Journey
    Keeping a Journal with Field Notes
  8. What I need to take notes on+ journal prompts
  9. Scavenger Hunt
  10. Combining Traditional Ecological Knowledge with Contemporary Science for Improved Community and Water Security
    How have people traditionally used the watershed and protected community values in a changing world?
  11. How has land use in the past compare to how it's being used now in the watershed?
  12. Protecting Community Values in a Changing World
  13. What are the basic elements of understanding and assessing a watershed?
    What is a Watershed and Watershed Hydrology?
  14. Geology & soil conditions in the watershed
  15. Observe and Assess- Reading the Landscape
  16. Watershed & Ecological Restoration Practices
    Best Practices for Improving Watershed Management
  17. Restoring streams
  18. Erosion Control
  19. Vegetation and Aquatic Ecology in the Watershed
  20. Telling the Story of Your Watershed Academy Experience
    Why it's important to share what we find
  21. How to create a community presentation on what I learned
  22. Learning From the Past
    How to Interview an Elder
  23. Resources and Interview Prompts
  24. Become a Leader
    Community organizing for improved watershed health
  25. How to build a strong team
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Job Pathways in Environmental Science and Protection

September 13, 2023

Making a difference 

Who is the current generation of water and land protectors and what can they teach us?

“If you have a strong connection to environmental issues, I think you should be influencing others to take the same steps as you. Those that are uninformed, informed them; those that want to do more but don’t know how, teach them.”Bertine Lakjohn, 18, of Marshall Islands

Humans can choose to have positive or negative impacts.  River Source wants you to have tools to make a positive impact.

Finding the right work for many people means getting training and exposure to try things out.  This is your time to have the courage to try new things.

Many young people these days are taking initiative to make positive changes in their environments and lives, even though it’s a lot of work. Showing up as a good example is how we can show others the way to take care of our land and resources so that we all get to enjoy it for generations to come. Traditional knowledge and science needs to be combined to grow the next generation of land and water protectors. Will you step up to being this next generation?   

Green Jobs:

Green jobs are ways to get paid while you help the environment and the community. You don’t have to be outdoors to work in the environmental field, learning how things work or if you like technology, these jobs are for you too! Check out this list of possible jobs you can have in this field: 

Here is a list of some small organizations in New Mexico: Click on each one to visit their website 

Some bigger organizations include:

New Mexico Environment Department

Water Engineers for the Americas

New Mexico Game and Fish

United States Forest Service

Wild Earth Guardians

Trout Unlimited

New Mexico Acequia Association

New Mexico Climate Justice

…and more!