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Natural Resources Youth Apprenticeship Program

Spokane Conservation District's Natural Resources Youth Apprenticeship Program for Recent High School Graduates

Ready to Kickstart Your Environmental Career?
Are you a recent high school graduate aged 18-25? Eager to dive into the world of environmental and natural resource management? Look no further! Spokane Conservation Districts Natural Resource Youth Apprenticeship Program offers the perfect opportunity for you to get hands-on experience in the field while earning your AAS degree from Spokane Community College.


At Spokane Conservation District (SCD), we are committed to addressing environmental justice issues in our community. One of our key initiatives focuses on increasing tree canopy coverage in low-income neighborhoods within Spokane County, Washington. We recognize the importance of trees for environmental health, the well-being of residents, and the overall quality of life.

For Recent High School Graduates

We are Seeking 8 High School Graduates to Begin the Summer of 2024!

Are you passionate about making a difference in your community? Do you want to explore career paths in environmental science and conservation? Our apprenticeship program might be the perfect opportunity for you! As a participant, you will:

  • Work with experienced professionals in tree planting, planning, and maintenance. 
  • Earn a stipend to pay for books and tuition at Spokane Community College toward your Natural Resources Degree.
  1. Click here for information about their Arboriculture/Urban Forestry Program.
  2. Click here for information about their Natural Resource Program.
  • Gain valuable skills and experience over three summers.

For Property/Business Owners

Do you own property in an underprivileged community within Spokane County? Are you interested in planting trees on your property to improve the environment and enhance your neighborhood?

By Partnering with SCD, you can:

  • Receive assistance with tree planning, planting, and maintenance.
  • Contribute to the beautification and sustainability of your community.
  • Take a proactive step towards environmental stewardship and climate resilience.

To get started, visit our website and fill out the designated form, and we will reach out to discuss how we can support your tree planting goals


Your Pathway to Apprenticeship

Year 1

  • By May 31st: Deadline to submit apprenticeship application.
  • By June 7th: Notification of acceptance into the program or otherwise will be sent out.
  • June 20th: 2024 Apprenticeship Orientation (mandatory)
  • June 24th: Year 1 Apprenticeship Program Start Date for accepted applicants.
  • June 30th: FASFA application deadline (check date)
  • August 28th: SCC Deadline for new student admission applications for Fall 2024.
  • September 13th: Last day of Summer Apprenticeship, year 1
  • September 18th: First Day of Fall Quarter at SCC
  • Fall 2024 – Spring 2025: Opportunities to gain additional paid apprenticeship experience, as needed by SCD.

Year 2

  • June 2025: Year 2 Summer Apprenticeship begins with increased wages and responsibilities.
  • September 2025: First Day of Fall Quarter, Year 2
  • Fall 2025 – Spring 2026: Opportunities to gain additional paid apprenticeship experience, as needed by SCD.
  • Spring 2026: Graduate from SCC with AAS Degree

Year 3

  • June 2026: Year 3 Summer Apprenticeship begins, Become a Crew Leader
  • Summer 2026: Apply for Natural Resource Jobs or Undergraduate Environmental Science Program
  • Fall 2026: Complete NRAP Apprenticeship program


Where will I work and how much will I earn?

You will work on projects situated in underprivileged communities across Spokane County, reporting daily to the Spokane Conservation District Quarry located at 4422 E. 8th Ave. Spokane Valley, WA 99212. Apprentices will start at $18.00 per hour with an annual increase of up to 2.5%.

Where will I earn my degree?

Your degree in the Environmental Sciences Program will be earned through Spokane Community College.

How much does the program cost?

SCD’s Natural Resources Youth Apprenticeship Program is entirely tuition-free for eligible students.

What does it take to succeed?

Success in the program hinges on a positive attitude, a genuine eagerness to learn, and a passion for increasing canopy coverage and improving native ecosystems.

Will I earn college credits?

Yes, you will earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree.

Why an apprenticeship and natural resources?

This program offers local youth a chance to acquire invaluable experience and education tailored to the pressing job opportunities in natural resources.

What is the job market in natural resources?

The regional demand is high for various positions, including foresters, arborists, urban foresters, utility foresters and arborists, natural area managers, and ecosystem restoration technicians. Throughout the apprenticeship, students will gain practical experience in all of these areas.

What are the minimum qualifications to launch my career in natural resources?

The pathway to launching a career in natural resources typically involves gaining experience and obtaining an AAS Degree. 




In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, and American Sign Language) should contact the responsible State or local Agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, which can be obtained online at, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or

(2) Fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or

(3) Email:

If the material is too small to permit the full Non-Discrimination Statement to be included, the material will, at a minimum, include the alternative statement:

“This institution is an equal opportunity provider.”

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