Job Postings, Network Events & Leadership Opportunities

(updated 2/8/2024)

Washington Agriculture Viability Conference

May 29 - 30, 2024 - Kennewick, Washington

The purpose of the ag conference:

Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) recognizes the critical role that profitability, sustainability and responsible land stewardship play in the success of Washington’s agricultural industry. We acknowledge that farmers, ranchers, and agricultural businesses are confronting both longstanding and emerging challenges that threaten viability and future prosperity. To address these issues, WSDA is committed to fostering opportunities that enhance the competitiveness of our state’s agricultural sector. Join us at our upcoming conference to contribute to innovative solutions and strategies designed to ensure a thriving agricultural future for Washington state.

Beginning Farmers Invited

A product of a Class 44 Public Policy Project, the first day of the conference (Wednesday, May 29) offers beginning farmers and resource providers the opportunity to discuss farm viability with WSU and WSDA. Those interested parties, including policymakers, are encouraged to attend. The discussion will also be used by the WSU IMPACT Center to inform analysis of agricultural competitiveness in Washington State. The intent is to better understand challenges faced, highlighting opportunities and successes to overcome challenges, and creating a space for connection between people in the industry.

Fire Resilience Workshop

June 22 - 23, 2024 - Spokane County

Roots of Resilience, in collaboration with Lazy R Ranch, is holding a comprehensive workshop, “Tame the Flames,” aimed at educating and demonstrating effective wildfire management strategies through grazing and forestry practices. Scheduled for June 22-23, this event will gather experts and stakeholders to share insights, strategies, and practical demonstrations on wildfire management. Attendees will engage with speakers including:

  • Mayor Terri Cooper of Medical Lake
  • Cody Rohrbach, District 3 Fire Chief
  • Guy Gifford (AgForestry Class 25), Department of Natural Resources (DNR), presenting fuel reduction programs
  • Garth Davies from the Spokane Soil Conservation District (SSCD)
  • Dale Swedberg, representing the Washington Prescribed Burning Council (WPBC), discussing prescribed burning techniques
  • Colin Sternagel, of the Cascadia Prescribed Burning Association
  • Tip Hudson, WSU Extension Beef Specialist, Ecological impacts of wildfire
  • Craig Madsen, from Healing Hooves, focusing on vegetation management with goats
  • Sandra Matheson from Roots of Resilience, presenting on Holistic Management
  • Beth Robinette and Maurice Robinette (AgForestry Class 17), from Lazy R Ranch, will discuss fire impacts and regeneration efforts.

The second day includes a field trip to Lazy R Ranch, which burned in the 2023 Gray Fire. Participants will witness firsthand the regeneration of burned ground through high-intensity short-duration grazing, as well as mitigating future fire risk through planned grazing.

 

Registration is open: https://rootsofresilience.org/fire-resilience-workshop Registration is $175. Additional employees or family members can register for $125.  Lunch is provided on the first day.

Location for first day is: 620 N Stanley (confirming city – in Spokane area) from 8:30 am- 4:00 pm

Location for second day is: Lazy R Ranch, near Clear Lake, from 9:00 am- 12:00 pm.  Breakfast included.

Whitman Internships

The Whitman Internship Grant (WIG) is a student-driven competitive grant that provides students with funding for unpaid internship opportunities. Internships can take place at non-profit organizations, some for-profit organizations, and government or public offices. The funds for the Whitman Internship Grant program are allocated
by Career and Community College Engagement Center based on review of student applications. Each selected recipient will receive funding to participate in a semester or summer internship.

Agricultural Internships

Experience International is an educational, non-profit, international exchange program based in Bellingham, WA. We sponsor professionals and students from abroad for hands-on internships and trainings in the U.S. through the Department of State’s J-1 Exchange Visitor (Bridge USA) program and have been doing so since 1989. Here is the link to our website’s hosting info: Hosting Webpage.  Hosts can also source their own international applicants if they wish. All foreign interns must have a U.S. sponsor organization like us in order to work/train in the U.S. We are passionate about the benefits of cultural and educational exchanges and love what we do!

AgForestry has partnered with Experience International to assist with planning for several of our International Seminars.

Network Benefits

WHY SHOULD I BECOME A MEMBER?

Northwest families live, work and play in our vast coastal areas, open spaces, scenic mountain passes, and rivers, and enjoy all the recreational wonders the Northwest has to offer. This often remote environment can place residents and visitors at risk when they need immediate and specific medical attention, whether it is a pediatric medical emergency, heart attack, stroke or accident. Life Flight Network can quickly dispatch a specialized emergency health care team to an accident or medical emergency to provide critical care life support and accompany the patient on a swift flight to a medically appropriate facility.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP?

Depending upon the distance, air medical transport and patient care charges can quickly exceed $15,000. If you or a covered family member are flown by Life Flight Network or one of its reciprocal partners under a medically necessary emergency air transport, Life Flight Network will accept an insurance settlement (if any) as payment in full, and you will have no out-of-pocket expenses. We bill your insurance company directly for the medical transport, so you will not pay any deductibles or out-of-pocket expenses beyond your membership fee.

AM I COVERED OUTSIDE THE LIFE FLIGHT NETWORK SERVICE AREA?

Whether in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Northern Nevada, or Northern California, you may be covered if transported by a reciprocal provider, subject to the reciprocating program’s membership rules. Please refer to our website for the most up-to-date list of reciprocal partners.

For more information please contact Life Flight Membership at 800-982-9233

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Date Posted 4/5/2019

If you have a job posting or educational/networking event, that relates the fields of agriculture, natural resources or forestry, that you would like us to post, please use the Network Job Opportunities Form or Network Events Form to submit information.

Job Posting Guidelines

Jobs will be posted once a week and will remain on the website for 30 days, or until the job closing date. A company name must be included in the job posting. If possible, include a direct link to the job posting on your own website or job board. All jobs must comply with the AgForestry Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Statement. We reserve the right to refuse a listing at any time.

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We update the website weekly, so check back for your posting.

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