Waders in the Water — Aquatic Restoration Training for Service and Conservation Corps
The Waders in the Water aquatic restoration training and certification was specifically designed under a public-private partnership between The Corps Network and Trout Headwaters Inc. to enable youth and veterans to enter conservation careers by learning how to improve the health, productivity, and climate-resiliency of our streams, rivers, and wetlands.
The program was launched in May of 2014 with in-person trainings. In November of 2014, an online version delivered by live webinar was introduced making this valuable training more convenient, less expensive, and better for the environment. Students and instructor no longer need to travel to a training facility and the state-of-the-art instructional environment enables students to learn on a computer, tablet, or a smart phone.
“Real world, practical advice was given. It gave me the baseline knowledge and certification I need to be successful as a young professional.” - Christopher Gomon, Texas Conservation Corps
The interactive map below shows various U.S. Conservation Corps which are Waders in the Water certified.
Upcoming Training Sessions
Level I - Waders in the Water 2-Part Online Training
Each training meets two times, 3 hrs./day for two days, and attendees are expected to attend both sessions.
What the Training Covers
Designed as an introduction to the world of aquatic restoration concepts and projects, Waders in the Water Level I training provides information on basic safety, materials, and installation procedures for aquatic restoration. Students have the opportunity to earn an industry-recognized credential and gain additional pathways to a conservation career by learning how to improve the climate-resiliency of our streams, rivers, and wetlands.
The class uses pertinent videos, industry articles, and the course-specific EcoBlu Analyst Waders in the Water interactive website to train the next generation of land stewards in sustainable aquatic restoration including:
Latest News and Updates
Youth Conservation Corps Supports Mitigation Project
Restoration Trainings Reach Critical Benchmark
Aquatic Restoration Training Reaches Corps in 16 States!
Public-private partnership to certify youth corps for restoration work
For More Information
Marie Walker, Vice President, The Corps Network
Luke Frazza, Project Development, Trout Headwaters, Inc.