Boosting Oregon Economy through Job Training Opportunities at the Research Reserve

Historically, the Oregon coastal economy has relied on resource-based jobs such as timber, agriculture, and seafood harvesting and processing, but these employment opportunities have been declining in recent years.

The South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve developed an internship program to help the reserve reach its goals while helping the local workforce develop skills applicable to newly developing coastal industries. Internships cover science, education, resource management, and tourism, one of the major economic growth areas for coastal Oregon.

Projects covered in this internship have included conducting oyster restoration, developing fish identification guides, constructing and maintaining interpretive trails, implementing fish surveys, and providing visitor services. (2016)

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Partners: Bandon, North Bend, and Marshfield High Schools, Friends of South Slough Reserve, NOAA Office for Coastal Management, South Coast Business Employment Corporation, South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Southwestern Oregon Community College