Conservation Corps: A young, capable and ready workforce
Date/Time/Session: 5/10/2017, 8:00:00 AM, “Partners” Breakout
Presentation Length: 50 mins
Presented by: Alex Villalta
Co-Presenter: Carlos Campero
Overview of Presentation:
This Presentations will discuss the following topics; History (Inception), Mission of Corps, Work being done by different Corps throughout the state, education and training provided to Corpsmembers, the Corpsmember experience, and contacts for various Corps.
The Goal of this presentation is to primarily reach out to private tree care companies, exposing them to what skills Corpsmembers receive in hopes that they utilize their local Corps as a potential hiring pool.
This topic falls under two categories being focused on at next years Conference; a) Partners and b)Progress – Arboriculture for Tomorrow.
Alex Villalta began working as a Corpsmember in 2011 when he joined the Montana Conservation Corps (MCC). While at the MCC, he worked on a fuels reduction crew removing hazard trees that had been infected by the mountain pine beetle. After completing his term of service, he joined the Los Angeles Conservation (LACC) as a crew supervisor. While at the organization he received his ISA Arborist Certification became the LACC’s Urban Forestry Inspector where he sites locations for potential plantings, expedites city permitting requirements, and selects quality stock from the nurseries.
Carlos Campero – has been with the Los Angeles Conservation Corps for just over 28 years. Through his years of service, Carlos has worked with hundreds of middle and high school youth as part of our Clean & Green Program, and just as many young adult corps members. Carlos possesses a wide range of skills that allow him to incorporate creative ideas that benefit both the community and young people he serves. Since 2014, Carlos has been managing all urban forestry projects for the LA Corps. Furthermore, he is pivotal to the implementation of City plants, a collective or local Tree Planting non-profits.