BeaverCorps Wetland Professional Training (Business)

BeaverCorps Members work w/ National Forest Foundation Staff

The Beaver Institute is proud to offer the first and only professional, non-lethal beaver management course. The online classes and fieldwork are personally mentored by Beaver Institute President, Mike Callahan and other Beaver Institute instructors. All students learn the same successful, innovative beaver management techniques that he has successfully used since 1998 to resolve over 2,000 beaver-human conflicts, as well as Process-Based Restoration techniques to restore streams and beaver wetlands.

Our original BeaverCorps training has been formulated to suit individuals who are interested in offering beaver management solutions as a business. Graduates are certified as Beaver Wetland Professionals and utilize their knowledge in various settings.

 

Training Where You Live

Our BeaverCorps Professional Training Program is designed to be done remotely without the need for expensive and time-consuming travel to our location. You can learn where you live! The course is self-paced to fit your life and schedule.

Part 1 of the Training Program consists of online lessons and exams, takes 40 – 60 hours, and is generally completed in 6 weeks.
Part 2 of the Program consists of four project installations that you do while being mentored 1:1 by experienced Beaver Institute staff.
The entire training course typically takes 12 months to complete.

Part One: Online Lessons and Exams

Part One is a series of online lessons and exams. Each student will learn about beaver behavior and ecology, how to build and install successful water control devices to resolve beaver dam flooding problems, as well as basic Process-based Restoration techniques to restore streams and beaver wetlands. The use of trapping, permitting requirements, and how to start, market and run a professional beaver business are also covered.

Part Two: Real-Life Projects

In Part Two of the program each trainee applies this knowledge to 4 real-life beaver projects. Each student plans and installs four water control devices or beaver dam analogs (BDA’s) for local clients while receiving extensive 1:1 mentoring with Mike Callahan and other Beaver Institute instructors. By the end of the program each graduate has the basic skills required to begin to professionally manage human-beaver conflicts and install BDA’s. They will also gain knowledge of how to start their own businesses to do this work.

BeaverCorps members are geographically dispersed across North America, yet we have created a supportive professional community. The BeaverCorps has a free, online platform where graduates and trainees share ideas, ask questions, offer support, and learn from each others experiences. We also record our monthly Zoom meetings where we discuss topics of interest, and learn from guest speakers.

Each BeaverCorps member is promoted on our website so any landowner in their area with a beaver issue can easily find and hire them. The Beaver Institute also offers its BeaverCorps members landowner assistance grants.

Tuition for the BeaverCorps Training Program is affordable, and financial assistance is available for those in need. Please contact Program Director Loren Taylor (loren@beaverinstittue.org) for more information.

Course Information

Difficulty: Beginner

Unit 1 – Introduction to Beaver Conflicts and Job Safety

Unit 2 – Beaver Conflict Resolution Techniques 

Unit 3 – Beaver Habitat Restoration

Unit 4 – Site Assessment and Data Collection 

Unit 5 – Regulations and Adaptive Management

Unit 6 – Business Skills