Training Beaver Wetland Professionals
The Beaver Institute is proud to offer the first and only professional, non-lethal beaver management course. The online classes and field work are personally mentored by Beaver Institute President, Mike Callahan. All students learn the same successful, innovative beaver management techniques that he has successfully used since 1998 to resolve over 1,750 beaver-human conflicts.
“I can’t promise you will resolve over 1,750 beaver conflicts, but I can promise that we will give you the skills to do it.” – Mike Callahan
The BeaverCorps Training Program consists of two parts, and the entire course is done remotely.
Part 1 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, and how to start, market and run a professional beaver business.
In Part 2 of the program each trainee applies this knowledge to 4 real-life beaver conflicts. Each student plans and installs these water control devices 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 skills required to professionally manage human-beaver conflicts and understands how to start their own business to do this work.
Our BeaverCorps Professional Training Program is designed to be done remotely without needing to travel to us. It typically takes 6 – 12 months to complete. If you are passionate about nature, organized, intelligent and handy with tools, this work may be for you! Currently we can only accept one new trainee per month. Admission is competitive as we receive more qualified applicants than we can accept. We prioritize applicants from regions lacking trained BeaverCorps professionals. Tuition is $1,500.00. Financial assistance may be available.
Each BeaverCorps member is promoted on our website so any landowner in their area with with a beaver issue can easily find them. We also host a BeaverCorps online community so we can learn from and support each other.
To determine if this physically demanding work is for you, we suggest you watch the following instructional videos.
- Introduction to Flow Devices
- Flow Device Testimonials
- Pond Leveler Pipe Instructions
- Road Culvert Fence Instructions
- Fence and Pipe Culvert and Spillway Instructions
If you remain interested, please complete and submit the application below. We hope you will join our growing community of BeaverCorps professionals across North America. 🙂