2020 Round Table Series

Central Oregon Natural Resources Career Pathways Network

The Central Oregon Natural Resources Career Pathways Network is a a group of natural resource professionals from the public and private sectors, educators, and youth career training program providers engaged to promote career opportunities and employment for Central Oregon youth and young adults.

2020 Round Table Series

The Central Oregon Natural Resources Career Pathways Network is hosting a Round Table Series in 2020, with the goal of promoting the exchange of information and ideas between Central Oregon’s Natural Resource stakeholders.  Each month, we will facilitate a conversation around one of eight topics:

January 29:  Workforce Trends in Natural Resources
1:30-3:00 PM
OSU-Cascades Graduate Research Center, Room 209
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Presenters Heather Ficht, Executive Director of East Cascades Works, and Damon Runberg, Regional Economist with the Oregon Employment Department, will share local data related to workforce trends, employment, and labor demand in the natural resource industry. The presentation will be followed by a facilitated discussion, connecting these trends to employers, training programs, and educators.

February 26:  Training Programs in Natural Resources
2:30-4:00 PM
Redmond Library
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Presenters will share information about Central Oregon programs for youth and young adults that provide job training and exposure to potential careers in the natural resources sector. The presentation will be followed by a facilitated discussion, connecting these programs to employers and educators. Presenters include Tyler McRae, Summer Programs Manager with Heart of Oregon Corps, Stacey Cochran, Community Engagement Director with Discover Your Forest, and Josh Lagalo, Youth Employment Program Manager with Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council.

March 18:  Federal and Tribal Government Needs and Opportunities
2:30-4:00 PM
High Desert Education Service District
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Panelists include:

  • Javin Dimmick, Natural Resources, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs
  • Bill Munro, Supervisory Biological Resource Specialist, Deschutes National Forest
  • Bridget Moran, Field Supervisor, Bend Field Office, U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service
  • Dan Ridenour, Fire Management, Prineville Office, Bureau of Land Management
  • Kat Smith, River Manager, Prineville Office, Bureau of Land Management


April:  Secondary Education Viewpoints and Outlook (stay tuned for details) – POSTPONED

May:  Private Sector Needs and Opportunities (stay tuned for details) – POSTPONED

September:  State and Local Government Needs and Opportunities (stay tuned for details)

October:  Post-Secondary Viewpoints and Outlook (stay tuned for details)

November:  Youth & Young Adult Needs and Viewpoints (stay tuned for details)


What can you Expect?

The Network will invite topic experts to present and take part in facilitated discussions that are open to anyone in the natural resource community, including employers, training programs, and educators. Members of the community are invited to take part in any/all Round Table discussions, as they are designed to inform the entire natural resource community. After each discussion, we will share insights and outcomes from the Round Table discussion in a monthly newsletter that will be shared throughout the natural resource community in Central Oregon.

How can I get involved?

It’s easy!  The Network will be sending out invitations to the monthly Round Table Discussions.  Attend any of the discussions that you can and watch for our newsletters that summarize the conversations.  Watch for an invitation the 2020 Series Wrap-up.  There, we will discuss lessons learned and talk about next steps.

Are you are interested in serving as an expert for any of the above topics?

Please contact Anna Salber for more information:  anna.salber@discovernw.org.