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The Vermont Youth Conservation Corps offers a rich experience that will have lifetime benefits!

Be a part of the outdoor job adventure of a lifetime!
The Vermont Youth Conservation Corps is seeking Crew Leaders, Assistant Crew Leaders and Corps Members for the 2016 season! Lead a crew on conservation projects, camp life and education. OR, join a crew as a Corps Member and gain work skills, camp skills and team building experience. You will be challenged to make a difference and to get outside your comfort zone in ways you’ve never imagined. This is a rich experience that will have lifetime benefits! April through July start dates—apply now!

Backdoorjobs.com • Short-Term Job AdventuresCamp together. Work together. Learn together. Get paid for your work. Complete exciting conservation projects on public lands. Rebuild the Appalachian Trail or Pacific Crest Trail. Plant trees in a National Park. Construct a boardwalk bridge in a wetlands area. Preserve a cultural heritage site. Create and deliver educational interpretive programs at a State Park. Restore a wildlife habitat. Reduce wildfire risks. Help build energy-efficient homes for low-income residents. Rebuild a campground. Teach kids about forest ecology.

These are the types of opportunities that thousands of seasonal workers, summer jobbers and interns enjoy in America's parks, forests and outdoor playgrounds. With jobs that include conservation volunteers, youth corps members, field crew leaders, backcountry crew supervisors, forestry staff, leadership opportunities, environmental internships and a variety of outdoor field support staff, you'll explore every conceivable assignment while working in the great outdoors.

  

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Southeast Conservation Corps offers a variety of youth conservation programs that offer stipend-based conservation service learning opportunities that improve the quality of the lands of the southeast.AmeriCorps Education Award ProvidedAre you looking for an opportunity to expand your technical leading skills while making a difference in the lives of young people? Do you enjoy performing conservation projects on public lands and forests that provide transformational experiences and change people's lives? The Southeast Conservation Corps is looking for dedicated and passionate individuals to lead Youth Conservation Programs and Adult Conservation Programs. Youth Crew Leaders (camping and day crews) will lead and manage a summer program (from May to August) made up of six high school students aged 16-18 to perform impactful conservation projects such as trail maintenance, trail construction, restoration, and construction projects in and around the forests and public lands in the Chattanooga, TN region! AmeriCorps Field Crew Leaders are charged with co-leadership of a 3-5 month six-person conservation crews of 18-25 year olds on projects ranging from trail maintenance and construction to environmental restoration. Additionally, Crew Leaders manage the crew at camp in the evening and work to foster personal and professional development among their members. Crews typically work an 8-day on/6-day off "hitch" schedule (Wednesday to Wednesday); housing is not provided for Leaders during days off. Crew Leader positions require mentorship and technical aptitude, and a high level of comfort in the outdoors. Benefits include a weekly stipend of $460-$600, paid training, and food while working in the field. Positions range from 9 weeks to 4+ months, generally from March through October.

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Hot Jobs with the Southeast Conservation Corps!
SECC is seeking AmeriCorps Adult Camping Crew Leaders and Corpsmembers (rove throughout the southern Appalachian states—GA, KY, NC, SC, TN & VA!) and AmeriCorps Adult Local Crew Leaders and Corpsmembers (projects take place in and around greater Chattanooga, TN). Positions begin in mid/late March through June 29 or October 25, with a potential month in-between sessions.

Are you looking for an opportunity to expand your technical leading skills while making a difference in the lives of young people?

The Southeast Conservation Corps is focused on connecting local youth to the natural environment through conservation, service learning and recreation.

Southeast Conservation Corps, a program of Conservation Legacy, is built upon and continues the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s. SECC is focused on connecting local youth to the natural environment through conservation, service learning and recreation.

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Southwest Conservation Corps: leadership, teamwork, work skills, conflict resolution skills, environmental stewardship and personal responsibility

Work outdoors in amazing places. Complete exciting and meaningful conservation projects on public lands in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. Get paid for your work.

AmeriCorps Education Award ProvidedProgram in the Spotlight The Southwest Conservation Corps offers meaningful employment year-round, with opportunities ranging from eight weeks up to a year depending on crew type. Projects include technical trail construction and maintenance, wildfire management and mitigation, and wildlife habitat and campground improvement. Job openings include residential crew corpsmembers and leaders, backcountry crews, frontcountry crews, Continental Divide trail crews, technical trail crews (useful for those considering a career path in wildland firefighting or public land management) and a special program for Veterans who have served in the U.S. military. Benefits include a living allowance or stipend ranging from $275-$565/week, meals and camping while in the field, an AmeriCorps education award to qualifying individuals, uniform, travel, the ability to live and work in the beautiful Southwest region, and valuable training and field experience. If you are positive, motivated, hard working, willing to work and participate as part of a team, don't mind a little dirt under your fingernails, and able to camp in all types of weather conditions, complete an application today. Positions run from April through November, with varied start/end dates. SCC is always hiring!

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Southwest Conservation Corps: Empowering individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities and the environment.

Better the land; better yourself. Residential Crews with the Southwest Conservation Corps blend team building with vital conservation projects in beautiful Southwest locales.

Arizona Conservation Corps programs build healthy and sustainable communities, a trained and experienced workforce and a nation of environmental leaders.

Arizona Conservation Corps is focused on connecting youth, young adults and recent era military veterans with conservation service work projects on public lands across Arizona and the Southwest.

AmeriCorps Education Award ProvidedProgram in the Spotlight Arizona Conservation Corps (AZCC) programs promote personal growth, experiential learning and an ethic of natural resource stewardship while incorporating the guiding principles of community, dedication, challenge, integrity and fun! Seasonal conservation positions include Local Urban Crews, Summer Youth Crews, AmeriCorps Conservation Camping Crews (Members, Assistants and Leaders), AmeriCorps Veterans Fire Corps and AmeriCorps Individual Placements. Project work may include trail maintenance & construction, community service, watershed and desert restoration, tree planting, parks/campground maintenance, fire fuels reduction/mitigation, historic preservation, water conservation and more. Positions range from 12 weeks to 6+ months, with job opportunities available throughout the year. Compensation includes a weekly living stipend ranging from $275-$600, an AmeriCorps education award, food and group camping gear for Camping Crews, transportation to and from work related activities, relevant trainings and orientation with AZCC and project partners and the opportunity to work & live in some amazing places! AZCC seeks applicants who are interested in fully committing to the program, who are willing to overcome any challenges, and those who will take advantage of the opportunities, skills and trainings that are offered throughout their term of service. If you are open minded and have what it takes, explore current job opportunities and apply today! AZCorps.org

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Immediate Openings!
AZCC has two immediate openings for the Tucson Adult Camping Crew! Email Mandy Bonesteel for details.

It’s about learning, working hard for the environment and communities, and giving something back.

Exciting, challenging, rewarding — there is no one word to describe participating in an AZCC project. You’ll learn, but it will take sweat. You’ll complete great service projects, but it won’t always be easy. You’ll meet some great people, but you won’t always see eye-to-eye. It’s about learning, working hard for the environment and communities, and giving something back.

Now seeking hopeful, passionate, creative young people to work as Summer Crew Leaders or in the Junior Ranger Program with the City of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks.Now hiring Summer Crew Leaders/Outdoor Educators — join a legacy of service and stewardship in Boulder, Colorado.
The City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks has been engaging teens in meaningful work that makes a difference to Boulder's open lands, parks and community since 1965. The Junior Ranger Program hires youth ages 14-17 to complete important trail maintenance, trail construction, land restoration and parks maintenance tasks. The program emphasizes job skills, teamwork, discovery and dialogue. Junior Ranger Program staff are experienced and passionate outdoor leaders with a commitment to youth development, service learning and conservation. Summer Crew Leaders will supervise, teach, mentor and organize crews of 10 teens for effective team development, project completion, and integration of stewardship education. Applicants must have accomplished outdoor leadership skills and experience working with teens (a background in environmental or outdoor education is a plus), minimum age of 21 years, a valid driver's license and good driving record, and CPR/first aid certified. Benefits include $13-$16/hour, including two weeks of paid training. These seasonal, non-residential positions run from May 23–August 17, 2016 (M-F, 7:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.). Applications accepted until positions are filled.

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Summer 2016 Employment Alert
Open Space and Mountain Parks is now accepting summer Junior Ranger Program Crew Leader applications—apply now!

Junior Ranger Program Crew Leaders will supervise a crew on a variety of maintenance and resource management projects on Boulder's open lands, parks and community.

Do you have a passion for the outdoors, service, youth and learning? Make a difference as a summer Junior Ranger Program Crew Leader! You'll supervise a crew on a variety of maintenance and resource management projects on Boulder's open lands, parks and community.

The Canyon Country Youth Corps (CCYC) is a program operated by the Four Corners School of Outdoor Education in Monticello, Utah.The Canyon Country Youth Corps (CCYC) is a program operated by the Four Corners School of Outdoor Education in Monticello, Utah.

Here in the rugged terrain of the Four Corners, where Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah meet, local teens and young adults have the opportunity to join Canyon Country Youth Corps (CCYC) for a healthy dose of service, conservation, education, leadership and adventure. Operated by Four Corners School of Outdoor Education in Monticello, Utah, CCYC is now seeking Head Crew Leaders who will be responsible for training Crew Leader Development Program Members in both leadership skills and the completion of conservation projects in the spring, and successfully leading crews in the summer/fall. Crew Leaders will be responsible for executing a high quality of work with this crew on chainsaw, fencing, and trails projects, while using scheduled time for leadership development activities. After training, Crew Leaders are paired with a Co-Lead, and will lead six corps members in completion of conservation projects, while helping these members develop their professional skills. Leaders earn $500-$550/week; Members receive $300/week from April–June (during training) and $475-$525/week through November. Benefits include paid intensive training, food and base-camp lodging on days off. Members are eligible for an AmeriCorps education award up to $2,000 upon season completion. CCYC crews have a tentative schedule from March 7 through November and typically work 9 days on, 5 days off, camping in remote locations during time on. There is typically one week off for Crew Leaders in between each season. To apply, email your resume, cover letter and 3 references to Matt Schmitz by February 19th.

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CCYC is looking for adventurous and physically fit people with the desire to work hard and make a real and lasting difference.

You’ll get your hands dirty, camp outside in some beautiful places and meet lifelong friends.

CCYC is looking for adventurous and physically fit people with the desire to work hard and make a real and lasting difference. You’ll get your hands dirty, camp outside in some beautiful places and meet lifelong friends. The Four Corners region also boasts the highest concentration of National Parks in the country.

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Northwest Youth Corps — Empowering Youth Through Conservation.AmeriCorps Education Award ProvidedAre you looking for a job that will fill your heart and mind rather than just your wallet? Celebrating over 30 years of providing opportunities for youth and young adults to learn, grow, and experience success, the Northwest Youth Corps is currently seeking adult Field Staff and Team Leaders for both residential and non-residential programs. Here is your chance to live and work outdoors in some of the most beautiful and rugged areas of the Pacific Northwest (including Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Northern California) during the spring, summer and/or fall. Crews consist of nine youth crew members and two adult crew leaders. Field Staff responsibilities include supervising the successful completion of conservation projects, implementing daily environmental educational programs, coordinating camp life, preparing paperwork, leading weekend recreation trips (for residential programs), and learning skills to safely operate chainsaws. Residential Leaders receive $76-$99/day (based on experience), paid 10-day staff training, and food and transportation during session. Non-residential Team Leaders receive a living allowance of $1,450/month and a $2,150 AmeriCorps education award. For individuals seeking opportunities to gain skills and experience, multiple AmeriCorps-based programming options for young adults are also offered. Read through the Field Staff FAQ, apply online or email [email protected] for more info.

Are you fluent in American Sign Language? NYC also hires a special team of summer ASL Crew Leaders to work outdoors helping deaf youth achieve success.

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Here is your chance to live and work outdoors in some of the most beautiful and rugged areas of the Pacific Northwest!

The Northwest Youth Corps is about accepting challenge, getting in shape and being outdoors.

The Northwest Youth Corps is about accepting challenge, getting in shape and being outdoors. It is a life where boots, sleeping bags, mosquito repellent and dips in icy cold lakes replace the usual comforts of home—time where building a campfire, pitching a tent and cooking in a dutch oven becomes second nature.

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The Texas Conservation Corps is a powerful regional resource, not only for our conservation and disaster services, but also for our program alumni, who leave the program trained and ready to become the next leaders in these important fields.

AmeriCorps Education Award ProvidedAs an AmeriCorps service program of American YouthWorks, the Texas Conservation Corps (TxCC) is a nationally recognized job training nonprofit that empowers the lives of young adults through conservation education, service and jobs training. While successfully educating, training and producing the next generation of leaders in the conservation world, TxCC is known as a powerful resource in the conservation of the natural landscape of Texas and the surrounding region.

Now seeking energetic and hard workers to join Field and Emergency Response crews that will serve public lands and communities throughout Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arkansas. Disaster Response Crews and Field Crews will serve from February 15 to November 18, 2016 and build trails, fell hazard trees, tackle exotic plant management, restore habitat for wildlife, respond to disasters, and be exposed to heavy equipment operation and minor construction. Training includes trail building and maintenance, chainsaws, herbicide application, light construction, heavy equipment operation, Leave No Trace skills, exotic plant management, habitat restoration and more.

Corps Members will receive a stipend of $611 every two weeks, an AmeriCorps education award of $5,730 upon completion of service and health insurance. TxCC also provides opportunities for leadership and career development for all participants. Applicants must be between the ages of 17 and 28 and range from current high school students to recent college graduates who are passionate about the outdoors. All positions will remain open until filled. Learn more and apply »

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Teamwork. Community. Service. Are you ready to do something that will impact your life and give you lifelong skills?

Crew Members will build trails, fell hazard trees, tackle exotic plant management, restore habitat for wildlife, respond to disasters, and be exposed to heavy equipment operation and minor construction.

Teamwork. Community. Service. Are you ready to do something that will impact your life and give you lifelong skills? Build a trail at a Texas State Park, provide habitat restoration in deep East Texas, help out in the aftermath of a flood in the Rio Grande Valley or assist with hazard tree felling for a city park and preserve system or manage volunteers at a conservation project. These are just a few of the projects you might be doing with the Texas Conservation Corps.

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Conservation Corps: Resources restored. Lives changed.

AmeriCorps Education Award ProvidedSpend a season or year outdoors conserving natural resources, gain field experience, and make a difference! Providing training in resource management, safety, job-readiness and technical skills, Conservation Corps helps young people develop personal responsibility, a strong work ethic and greater awareness of environmental stewardship throughout the upper Midwest. Summer Youth Corps Crew Leaders (22 openings; May 30–August 23) will motivate, direct and coordinate a crew of young people in a rigorous program of work, education and training. Service projects include trail construction and maintenance, footbridge building, landscaping, campsite development and more. Conservation Apprenticeship Academy participants (31 openings; May 16–August 12) serve alongside a natural resource professional in a Minnesota Soil and Water Conservation District during the summer and learn hands-on skills in managing soil and water resources (most often leading to full-time employment!). Benefits include a $1,255/month living stipend, health insurance, student loan forbearance during the service term, a $2,865 post-service AmeriCorps education award ($1,515 for Apprenticeships), and the opportunity to explore career options within the environmental field. Must be 18-25 years old and able to perform essential functions of the job including physically strenuous work. Individuals with multilingual backgrounds are encouraged to apply for both programs. If you are highly motivated, a committed individual, and passionate about habitat restoration and the outdoors, apply online now!

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Featured Job Openings—Now Hiring!
Field Crew & Youth Outdoors Members (February–December 15)—apply by February 24th
Northwest Field Crew Members (March 20–November 10)—apply by February 29th
Conservation Apprentice Academy (May 16–August 12)—apply by February 28th
Summer Youth Corps Leader (May 30–August 23)—apply by February 28th
View all current job openings at ConservationCorps.org

Conservation Corps will give youth and young adults practical and professional experience, train them for careers, and provide a stable income and an opportunity to pay for educational expenses.

Conservation Corps can give youth and young adults practical and professional experience, train them for careers, and provide a stable income and an opportunity to pay for educational expenses. All of this while being outside in the beautiful states of Minnesota and Iowa. What more could you ask for? Positions begin every February, March and May.

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The Vermont Youth Conservation Corps is a nonprofit youth, leadership, service, conservation, and education organization that instills in individuals the values of personal responsibility, hard work, education, and respect for the environment.

Lead the outdoor job adventure of a lifetime with the VYCC! Equip young people with the tools to make a difference in the world!

AmeriCorps Education Award ProvidedProgram in the Spotlight The Vermont Youth Conservation Corps is looking for strong leaders who are ready for a challenge and enjoy working with young people (18-24 years old) to serve as their teachers, mentors, supervisors and role models for three to five months. As a Crew Leader or Assistant Crew Leader, you will be responsible for managing your crew on the worksite, building a community, ensuring the health and safety of your crew and teaching both life and job skills. The season begins with an intensive staff training that focuses on teaching the technical and interpersonal skills needed to be a successful leader. After training, your Corps Members arrive and you'll embark on an outdoor working adventure together for the rest of the season. Benefits include extensive training and professional development, potential for AmeriCorps education award (Assistant Crew Leader only), a competitive wage, room and board, and pro-deals or discounts on outdoor gear. Positions are filled on a rolling basis, with preference given to early applicants.

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Now Hiring—2016 Seasonal Jobs!
The Vermont Youth Conservation Corps is now hiring for 2016 Seasonal Positions!Now seeking Crew Leaders/ Assistant Crew Leaders and Corps Members for the 2016 season! Leadership positions span from three to five months, with start dates of April 25 and May 22. Member positions available beginning in May, June and July. Apply now!

Become a facilitator, trainer, counselor, teacher, role model and work supervisor with the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps!

If you're looking to make a difference while living and working in the outdoors, the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps is a great fit. The VYCC offers many positions that allow you to gain technical skills, outdoor living experience and lifelong friends!

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If you like spending time outside, learning new things, aren't afraid to get a little dirty and want to explore Maine's beautiful places, the Maine Conservation Corps has a job for you!

If you like learning new things and want to explore Maine's beautiful places, the Maine Conservation Corps has a job for you!AmeriCorps Education Award ProvidedProgram in the Spotlight Whether backpacking to remote Appalachian Trail work sites, patrolling Maine's Public Lands, or building mountain bike trails, a wooden bridge or stone steps, the Maine Conservation Corps (MCC) will provide Field Team Members and Leaders with valuable outdoor and trail skills over a 3-9 month period. MCC also selects a few enthusiastic individuals to participate in an intensive 11-week Trail Training Program; successful applicants will then qualify to lead a field team through the end of summer. In addition to Field Team members, Environmental Stewards will work with nonprofits, state or federal agencies to recruit, train, and lead volunteers to create and improve recreational trail systems as well as establish a sustainable, dedicated community volunteer base. Benefits for all positions include a living allowance or stipend, health insurance, pro-deal purchases and gear discounts, an AmeriCorps education award and unlimited networking, experiential learning opportunities and training—from conflict resolution and leadership skills to trail rigging and stone work. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, at least 18 (higher for some positions), physically fit, have the desire to learn and serve and be motivated to work with people of all ages and backgrounds. Unemployed or underemployed youth and military Veterans are encouraged to apply. Learn more at Maine.gov.

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Now Hiring — Field Team Members
Have you ever wondered about the hard work that goes into your favorite trails? How about learning how to move a 500-pound boulder or building a bridge? Spending a season as a Field Team Member is the way to go! Training begins on May 23rd. Apply by March 18th.

Work with the Maine Conservation Corps and live the dream.

Build great things with great people.

Rebuild the Appalachian Trail. Improve hiking trails on Maine's coast. Develop trails with boardwalk bridges in wetland areas. Build great things with great people. Work with the Maine Conservation Corps and live the dream.

Maine Appalachian Trail Club: Seasonal Outdoor Jobs

The Maine Appalachian Trail Club has been maintaining, protecting and preserving the 267-mile Appalachian Trail in Maine since 1935. Now seeking energetic and motivated individuals to help take care of this exceptional natural outdoor legacy!

Explore 2016 Season Opportunities:
Maine Trail Crew Leaders & Assistant Leaders (May 14th–August 20th): Teach and lead a volunteer trail crew doing trail reconstruction work on the Appalachian Trail and at remote sites. Projects include building stone steps, waterbars, retaining walls and new trails. Activities focus on teamwork and learning opportunities for volunteers. Benefits include $13.15/hour ($10/hour for Assistants), plus training, meals and lodging.
Maine Trail Crew Camp Coordinator (May 14th–August 20th): Support the operation of volunteer trail crews by planning and preparing meals, purchasing food, maintaining base camp facility, recruiting volunteers, assisting with transportation, and arranging leisure time opportunities. Benefits include $13.15/hour plus meals and lodging.
Caretakers & Ridgerunners (May through October): Two Caretakers and one Ridgerunner will greet, register and teach Leave No Trace information to hikers with a focus on youth groups and manage high use camping sites. Benefits include $10–$13/25/hour, plus backpacking and camping gear for the season.
Maine Trail Crew Volunteers (June 18th–August 17th for one or more weeks): Trail Crew Projects focus on rebuilding and restoring heavily impacted sections of the Appalachian Trail. Benefits include local transportation, tents & packs (if needed) and meals.

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Join the Maine Appalachian Trail Club and help preserve this precious and wild resource for future generations of hikers.

Maine Trail Crew Leaders and Assistants will be trained with stone cutting, stone work, and griphoist rigging systems.

Whether you thrive on working in the outdoors in any weather condition, enjoy planning expedition-focused trips for individuals and groups, or simply content with living alone in remote areas, the Maine Appalachian Trail Club has a seasonal job for you!

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Landing a job in National Parks & U.S. Forests

Feature Article: A Day in the LifeDo you have the determination of a wombat? A forestry expert provides you with a Get-Up-And-Go approach to seasonal jobs in National Parks and U.S. Forests.

Leave No Trace

In its simplest form, Leave No Trace is about making good decisions to protect the world around us—the world we all enjoy.

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