What We Do
Outdoor laboratories– 4,000 acre Rutland City Watershed and various private lands, Career Exploration and related college guidance, meet professionals through site visits, field trips, competitions and community service activities, learn about residential landscaping as part of the Student Craft house project, raise seasonal vegetable and landscape plant seedlings.
Mark Raishart has been an instructor of Forestry and Natural Resource Management at Stafford Technical Center since 2010. He graduated from Green Mountain College in 2002 with a B.A. in Environmental Science and in 2016 with an M.S. in Environmental Studies. Since college, he has worked throughout the US in agriculture, horticulture, forestry, conservation, and outdoor education. His work has included natural area stewardship at the Holden Arboretum in northeast Ohio, commercial beekeeping in the Champlain Valley, and managing educational farming and forestry operations at Smokey House Center in Danby, VT. Mark is outdoors most of the time- paddling, hiking, and managing his 70-acre property. Mark lives in Addison County, Vermont with his family.
Hannah Poljacik, Class of 2014
Stafford changed my path by letting me try out new things that I had never done before. Before Stafford, I had never used a chainsaw, couldn’t drive a backhoe, and didn’t really know what I wanted to do after high school. Not only will you get it experience new things, any program will give you a great view of different jobs in a field.
Program Advisory Committee
|David Birdsall||Northeast Woodland Training /DW BirdsallForestry|
|Nancy McGuire||Rutland NRCD:Conservation District Manager|
|Dave Schneider||Rutland City Forester Arborist (ret)|
|Tim Smith||Rutland City Forester Arborist|
|Kyle Mason||Rutland County Forester|
|Ken Gagnon||Gagnon Lumber|
|Russell Reay||Paxton Greens|
|Corey Hart||VT Dept Fish and Wildlife|
Dual Enrollment/College Credits
Articulation Agreements with University of Maine at Fort Kent and Paul Smith’s College, Dual Enrollment with VTC
US Dept. of Labor (OSHA) 10 hour Construction Safety Certification, American Heart Association HeartSaver® First Aid/CPR with AED, Game of Logging; Wilderness First Aid; Students completing 90% of the Core Competencies will receive a certificate from Stafford Technical Center.
Average Career Salaries
*Average Salaries for Vermont taken from Zip Recruiter (ziprecruiter.com) in OCtober 2020.
Requirements For This Program
Recommended Prerequisites: add, subtract, multiply, divide whole numbers, fractions, and decimals; basic customary and metric measuring skills; basic understanding of area and volume vs. weight; able to read a tape measure; effective communication skills; strong work ethic; ability to perform physical labor on the job site and in classroom; competency with fine and gross motor skills