Aquatic Restoration Training Reaches Corps in 16 States!

Washington, DC  After last week’s launch of the online Live Webinar version of The Corps Network’s Waders in the Water Green Jobs training program, the aquatic restoration program has now been delivered to 22 Corps in 16 states and the District of Columbia.

In response to the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps' (21CSC) effort to put young people and veterans to work nationwide, The Waders in the Water Green Jobs 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.

With the new online delivery, this valuable training is now much more convenient, significantly less expensive, and better for the environment.  Students and instructor no longer need to travel to a training facility and the just-released state-of-the-art instructional environment enables students to learn on a tablet or even a smart phone.

Corps who have participated in Waders in the Water are now beginning on projects with private restoration companies as a direct result of taking this training. Don’t just take our word for it though. After taking the online Live Webinar version of The Corps Network’s Waders, participants said:

“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, American YouthWorks

“I think the training/certification gives our partners and potential partners more confidence that we're serious about restoration work and that we can be a trusted source for their restoration implementation plans.”   - Michael Gaffney, White Mountain Youth Corps

“Wonderful…so grateful!”   - Jeanine Foley, American Conservation Experience - Flagstaff

“Invaluable!”   - Donavan Midkiff, Earth Conservation Corps

“It’s a necessity if you want to move forward in this profession.”   - Kejuan Williams, American YouthWorks

“This training was great in teaching the principles of responsible ecology and the benefits of environmental restoration with an emphasis on safe practices.”   - Michael Santillanes, YouthWorks (Santa Fe)

“The THI online training is a cost effective training to Conservation Corps that provides great background of the industry, important safety protocol knowledge and a basic understanding of effective methods in biostabilization.”   - Willie Bittner, WisCorps

“It opened my eyes to the expansion of job opportunities in this area.”   -Rick Magee, SEEDS

“I found the training very informative and the new material was great to learn and refresh on.”  -Gavin Monson, American Conservation Experience – Flagstaff

“The web based resource is an incredibly valuable tool. I am very much looking forward to exploring it in more depth.”   - Garrett Shear, WisCorps 

“It was easy to follow the class, and Mike was a great instructor :) ”   - Matt Herrera, Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission 

Trout Headwaters is currently enrolling students for the 2015 ONLINE trainings of the Waders in the Water Level One aquatic restoration and green jobs program. The $199/student, six-hour, two-day trainings will be conducted:

  • February 18th & 19th
  • March 2nd & 3rd
  • April 6th & 7th

Each session is limited to the first 100 staff and corps members who register at   

Register before midnight, December 31 and enter the coupon code TCN2015 to receive more than 25% off early registration.

Trout Headwaters will also continue to offer in-person Waders in the Water training for groups of 20-40 students to accommodate individual Corps’ needs. Contact Luke Frazza at (703) 244-7460 or for more information or to customize your Waders in the Water training session.

About The Corps Network

The Corps Network provides critical leadership to the Corps movement and to our nation’s Service and Conservation Corps as they harness the power of youth and young adults to tackle some of America’s greatest challenges and transform their own lives. The Corps Network's 100+ members operate in all states and the District of Columbia. Each year they collectively enroll approximately 26,000 Corpsmembers from ages 16-25.

About Trout Headwaters, Inc.

Trout Headwaters, Inc. is the industry leader in sustainable approaches to stream, river, and wetland renewal and repair. As one of the oldest firms in the industry, THI has pioneered approaches using natural materials and native vegetation that can reliably replace hard, invasive treatments that often damage our nation’s streams and rivers. Besides developing and refining new techniques THI is a staunch advocate for greater sharing of information and  more consistent use of assessment and monitoring tools, providing greater certainty of environmental benefits to restoration.


Luke Frazza, Project Development, Trout Headwaters, Inc.
(703) 244-7460

Marie Walker, Vice President, The Corps Network
(202) 737-6272