The Fortuna Center sits in the heart of redwood country on California’s wild and scenic North Coast. In operation since 1992, the center houses about 100 residential Corpsmembers who work on natural resource projects throughout Humboldt and Del Norte counties.
The center has five natural resource work crews – including a fire crew – with an average of 15 Corpsmembers per crew. The center also has a six-person culinary arts crew and a small in-camp crew. Work hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. if working 8- hour days, and 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. if working 10-hour days.
The U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the California Department of Fish and Game, California State Parks, and Caltrans are some of the organizations that hire the Fortuna Center to complete natural resource projects. The center also oversees the award-winning Salmon Restoration Program that has improved California’s salmon and steelhead habitat over the past 30 years.
1500 Alamar Way
Fortuna, CA 95540
Life at the Fortuna Center
After a day of hard work, there is time for reflection in unforgettable surroundings like the shoreline of Humboldt County’s Lost Coast.
Corpsmembers at the Fortuna Center live in clean and modern dormitories adjacent to attractive gardens. Most rooms are designed for four people, however two-person rooms are available for Corpsmembers who earn a promotion to a leadership position. Bathrooms are shared and have private showers. Coin-operated laundry is available.
The multipurpose room is regularly used for community meetings and classes. The on-site computer lab and WiFi are accessible to all Corpsmembers. The recreation room consists of a weight room, TV Room, and pool, foosball, and ping pong tables. Outdoor recreation activities surrounding the center include outdoor movies, hiking, surfing, mountain biking, fishing, kayaking, whale watching, and exploring tide pools
The center itself is located near:
- A convenience store
- Access to the Riverwalk Trail that follows the Eel River as it flows to the ocean
- Downtown Fortuna
- A local bus stop, making it easy for Corpsmembers to travel to nearby cities like Eureka and Arcata
A crew from the Fortuna Center are huddling to discuss the day’s work of tree planting.
Fortuna’s Corpsmembers work on a variety of projects – trail construction and maintenance, removal of exotic plants, landscaping and installation of irrigation systems, building structures such as recycling facilities, fisheries restoration, tree planting, and fire fuel reduction.
Beyond natural resource management projects, the Fortuna Center offers two programs in partnership with AmeriCorps – Backcountry Trails and Watershed Stewards Programs.
Education and Training
Corpsmembers at the Fortuna Center are taking their annual Fire Safety training.
The Fortuna Center offers a variety of trainings and certifications, many of which are required for Corpsmembers to complete. All Corpsmembers complete Corpsmember Orientation, Motivation, Education, and Training (COMET) and core training courses . Other specialized trainings and certifications offered at the Fortuna Center include:
- USFS Type II Firefighter Training
- Backcountry Trail Construction & Maintenance
- Caltrans’ Tree Trimmer Trainee Program
- Chain Saw Training
- Chipper Safety & Training
- Cross Cut Saw
- First Aid & CPR
- Flora and Fauna Identification
- Forklift Safety and Operation Certification
- Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) 40-Hour Training
- Ladder Safety
- Leave No Trace
- Map and Compass Course
- Power Tools Safety and Operation
- Safety Stand Down
- Salmon Restoration Program Training
- ServSafe Food Handler Certification
- Trail Construction and Maintenance
- Tree Climbing Safety