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Professional Development

The Society for Ecological Restoration provides a variety of opportunities for professional development for everyone working in the field of ecological restoration, whether you are an SER member or not. Opportunities range from the excellent networking and educational opportunities available at our chapter and international conferences, to a robust continuing education program that includes regional, national and international workshops and webinars, to a new ecological restoration practitioner certification program.

SER's Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (CERP) program, launched in 2017, certifies practitioners and practitioners-in-training who meet the certification requirements based on knowledge base, experience, references, ethics, and understanding of the foundations of the profession.  There are two open application periods each year - one from February to April and one from August to October.  
Webinars are an important part of SER’s professional development tools that allow flexible and accessible access to experts in the restoration field from around the world. Webinars are archived in the Webinar library after the live event. The majortiy of our webinars count towards continuing education credits for SER certification.  
E-Learning Course
SER created the e-learning course "Overview of the Practice of Ecological Restoration" to 1) introduce the science and practice of ecological restoration, 2) convey the fundamental principles of ecological restoration, 3) synthesize key concepts in ecological restoration science and practice, and 4) create consistency in the understanding and use of key terms and concepts.
Academic Programs in Ecological Restoration
This summary of academic institutions was based on a June 2016 assessment by Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) in partnership with University of Montana (UM) and Ecological Connections (EC).  The assessment focused on growth in US and Canadian academic programs in ecological restoration over the last decade. The list was recently expanded to include new and updated information and to expand the geographical representation.
Internship Board
SER maintains an active internship board to announce internship opportunities related to the field of ecological restoration. Internship seekers can search the Internship Board by region and category. Internship openings are free and easy to post.
Jobs Board
SER maintains an active jobs board to announce new employment opportunities at all levels - from entry level to executive - related to the field of ecological restoration. Job seekers can create a profile within the job board to receive notifications about new openings. Recruiters can message job seekers, purchase resumes, and broadcast to the broad Environmental Job Board Network to find top candidates with skill sets specific to the field of ecological restoration. SER Members receive discounts on job postings, while SER sponsors can post a certain number of job announcements free per year.
Code of Ethics
This Code of Ethics guides the conduct and work of SER members, boards and staff. We uphold this code and hold each other accountable to advance the science and practice of ecological restoration, develop and use knowledge pertaining to restoration, serve as an ambassador of SER, promote fairness and equality, and maintain high standards of conduct in our activities.