The 2019 Putah Creek summer interns have completed another fun and successful year.
Now in its seventh year, Putah Creek Council has offered hands-on training in habitat restoration and plant propagation to students and community members interested in pursuing careers in conservation. In the One Creek | Putah Creek Summer Restoration Internship Program, interns from Putah Creek Council, the U.C. Davis Putah Creek Riparian Reserve (UCD), and the Solano County Water Agency (SCWA) work together at a native plant nursery and at multiple project sites in the Putah Creek watershed. Working with experts in habitat restoration, native plant landscaping, outdoor recreation management, native plant propagation, and nursery operations, interns are offered an introduction to and receive basic hands-on experience in these career paths.
Internships are a valuable way to gain job skills, learn about a profession, receive mentorship, and be part of an important local community effort. Interns who successfully complete their internship receive a stipend.
This years’ Internship program ran from 8:30-11:30 AM 18 June - 14 August; on Tuesdays, we met at the native plant nursery in South Davis, and on Wednesdays, we meet at various restoration sites in Yolo and Solano Counties with Putah Creek Council partners. The Interns typically work under the supervision of Putah Creek Council staff where they get hands on experience with plant care and planting, but also gain knowledge and experience from meeting and working alongside other regional restoration professionals. They are also challenged with opportunities for developing individual leadership skills and to understand the value of working as a team. Their response to the program was incredible and we thank them all for helping us move multiple programs forward. Fare thee well 2019 interns, more than ever we need you to succeed!
This years' participants offered these words to keep us motivated:
"The one creek internship was a really enjoyable and valuable experience. I was almost constantly learning, from plant ID to restoration practices to general job skills. It's also a great way to gain job experience related to natural resources and introduce oneself to career paths in the field."
"I want to thank you guys so much for being awesome leaders! This is a great program with a lot of work put into it and I will definitely recommend it to others."
If you are interested in learning more, watch for the announcements for next year’s program or email Brian Keeley, Putah Creek Council Stewardship Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call: 530-795-3006.