Pathways to Natural Resources Careers Summit

I am pleased to announce that we will be holding our follow-up meeting to the Pathways to Natural Resources Careers Summit on April 24th from 9:00 to 11:30 in the Hunter Education Room of the Colorado Parks & Wildlife building located at 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216. The agenda for this event was generated by participants who attended the Pathways to Natural Resources Careers Summit held on February 23rd, co-hosted by CYCA and BLM.. With record numbers of Agency staff poised to retire and youth and young adult unemployment at 20%, this issue is of great importance.

The primary request at the conclusion of the February Summit was to conduct an inventory of existing resources for assisting young people to chart careers in natural resources – especially in State and Federal agencies. To that end, on April 24 we will:

1 – conduct a resource inventory

2 – identify resource gaps (by geographic area, age group, and target population)

Bureau of Land Management logo

Bureau of Land Management logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

3 – identify 2-3 action steps we can take in the next 12 months to fill those gaps

As such, please bring any and all of the electronic or hard copy resources you have that pertain to creating a path to employment in the natural resources sector. We will have laptops, and a projector and screen to enable review of electronic resources; please bring several copies of your hard copy materials for review by small groups. Load e-resources on a flash drive. If you are not able to attend, we encourage you to submit resources to us in advance so that they can be considered during the meeting. Please send them to Grant Sanford (gsanford).

Even if you were not able to attend the February Summit, we encourage you to attend this meeting and offer your insight on the topic.

I have attached the summary document from the first Pathways Summit compiled by facilitator Wendy Newman. As this summary illustrates, there are a number of short-term goals that we can collectively achieve through a focused effort. The first step is determining what resources are immediately available and what remains to be created, refined, and implemented. Your assistance and contributions are critical in achieving these goals and ultimately providing natural resource career opportunities to a broad base of young people.

There is no charge for the meeting. To RSVP, follow this link: nweil or 303-863-0603.

Light breakfast refreshments along with coffee and tea will be provided; please bring your own beverage container. RSVP by Tuesday, April 17, 2012.

Feel free to forward this email to other interested individuals.


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