Jobs in the Great Outdoors

Conservation Corps Crews & Outdoor Leader Jobs

Work outdoors this summer, get paid and make a difference. Join the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps!

Work outside, make a difference, gain experience and get paid for it!
Join the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps 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! Now seeking Corps Members to begin work in mid-June with varied end dates!

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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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-$600/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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Hot Fall Season Crew Jobs
SCC is currently accepting applications for fall season Corps Members: Regional Conservation Crew, Dolores River Restoration Crew and Sustainable Forestry Crew. Positions begin on August 28th with various end dates in November.

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

SCC has a strong environmental education component, and life skills are learned via formal lessons, on-the-job training, and the process of communal living.

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, Assistant Crew Leaders and Crew 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. Compensation includes a weekly living stipend ranging from $275-$600, an AmeriCorps education award, 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! Positions range from 12 weeks to 6+ months, with job opportunities available throughout the year.

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Hot AZCC Crew Jobs—Now Hiring!
AZCC is currently accepting applications for Crew Leaders, Assistant Crew Leaders & Corpsmembers for field crews based out of Tucson, Flagstaff, the White Mountains (and more!), with work terms beginning in July, October and January.
Lead the first crews for the exciting new program, Conservation Corps New Mexico. Positions run from July 3rd to December 22nd. Learn more and apply or connect with James Pitts for more info.

AZCC provides the opportunity to serve communities and the environment in seasonal positions working on conservation projects across Arizona and the Southwest.

Exciting, challenging, rewarding — there is no one word to describe participating in an AZCC project.

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.

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 seeking summer/fall season Crew Members to live and work outdoors as part of an 8-person crew, completing various conservation projects throughout Utah. Crews will be trained to use chainsaws, a variety of hand tools and everything else to complete projects and have a successful season. Tasks may include invasive species removal, fire mitigation work, building and maintaining trails, fence construction and maintenance, habitat restoration, and other conservation related projects in backcountry and frontcountry settings. On top of a weekly living stipend of $300, you will be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps education award upon season completion. No conservation experience is necessary. Two Crew teams will be hired each for the summer (late June to October) and fall seasons (August to October). Crew’s typically work 9-10 days on, 5-6 days off, camping in remote locations. If you are at least 18 years old, motivated, hard working, enjoy working in a team environment and would like to live and work in beautiful places while learning valuable skills, fill out the online application or contact Jason Phillips for more information. CCYC is always looking for qualified field staff and crew leaders.

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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.

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.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 and construction, land restoration and habitat conservation, and parks improvement 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-$17/hour, including two weeks of paid training. These seasonal, non-residential positions run from mid-May through mid-August every year.

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2017 Summer Employment Update
Recruitment has closed for 2017 Summer Crew Leaders. Plan ahead for next summer—OSMP will begin accepting applications in February 2018.

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 Utah Conservation Corps — developing the conservation leaders of tomorrow through service and education.AmeriCorps Education Award ProvidedNow hiring Conservation Corps Crew Members—work and live in the great outdoors of Utah! The Utah Conservation Corps (UCC) is Utah's award-winning and nationally recognized statewide conservation corps program. The vision of the UCC is to create sustainable communities while conserving the natural heritage of Utah and the Intermountain West. Crew Members live and work outdoors as part of a 4-person crew, completing various conservation projects, such as habitat restoration, invasive week removal, trail building, fence construction, and forest fuels reduction. Crew Members are trained to use chainsaws and a variety of hand tools to complete projects and gain valuable conservation skills and outdoor experience, give back to America’s great outdoors, and become part of America’s conservation legacy. Based either out of Salt Lake City, Cedar City, Moab or Logan, Crews will be in the field for 1-2 weeks at a time, traveling to and camping near their project sites. 3-month and 6-month positions are available for the following seasons: summer (May 22nd–August 16th), summer to fall (May 22nd–November 15) and fall (August 16th–November 15th). Compensation includes an AmeriCorps living allowance of $1,100 per month, an AmeriCorps education award of $1,515 per season and two weeks of training that includes chainsaw and hand tool use, outdoor living skills and WFA certification. No conservation experience needed, just a great attitude, love of the outdoors, and willingness to work hard as part of a team. To apply, fill out the online application. Positions open until filled; hiring is done on a rolling basis.

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Those who love the outdoors and are willing to work hard and be part of a team environment will thrive with the Utah Conservation Corps!

What's it like in the Utah Conservation Corps? Utah Conservation Corps Crews were interviewed all over this gorgeous state. Check out what they had to say in the video above!

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Northwest Youth Corps — Empowering Youth Through Conservation.AmeriCorps Education Award ProvidedAre you looking for a position that will fill your heart and mind rather than just your wallet? Celebrating 34 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 camping and community based 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 and Northern California). Field Staff responsibilities include supervising the successful completion of conservation projects, implementing 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 $82-$115/day (based on experience and position), paid 10-day staff training, and food and transportation during session. Community Team Leader compensation includes a living allowance of $4,500 for their term of service and a $2,200 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 work@nwyouthcorps.org for more info. Positions are available throughout the year.

Are you fluent in American Sign Language? NYC also hires ASL Crew Leaders to work outdoors with deaf/hard of hearing youth and young adults.

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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.

Idaho Conservation Corps offers a challenging education and job-training experience that helps youth and young adults from diverse backgrounds develop the skills they need to lead full and productive lives.

AmeriCorps Education Award ProvidedAs part of the Northwest Youth Corps, Idaho Conservation Corps (ICC) programs focus on education, challenge, community, leadership and empowerment, giving youth and young adults from diverse backgrounds critical life skills and confidence. ICC programs also stress teamwork, inclusion, and leadership while promoting a solid work ethic and individual achievement. Young people leave ICC knowing that they can overcome obstacles, solve problems, make friends, and attain their objectives in life. Through camping-based conservation programs, Field Staff manage and supervise crews of 3-9 young people, ages 16 and up, in projects that include timber stand improvement, invasive species eradication, fuels mitigation/reduction, trail maintenance and construction, recreation infrastructure maintenance, habitat restoration, and so much more. Crews will either work for 9-day hitches and take 5 days off between spikes or be out for 5 weeks at a time, with a summer-only to 5-month work option. This seasonal position not only allows Crew Leaders to deliver an influential educational experience to young people in their communities, but can also provide an entry point into the fields of natural resource management, youth development, and outdoor education. Compensation includes a daily or monthly stipend, an AmeriCorps education award, paid leadership training, professional trainings and certifications available, food and transportation. Applicants must be at least 21 years old with current WFA certification and driver’s license, and have excellent organization and time management skills. If you have a sense of humor, spirit of adventure, and desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others and the environment, apply today!

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Idaho Conservation Corps seeks out staff who wish to push themselves physically, professionally and intellectually!

As a Field Staff member, you will grow, learn and laugh along with your crew, and build solid muscles and lasting friendships.

Field Staff positions at Idaho Conservation Corps require intense commitment to safety, sound judgment, professionalism and creativity. They require unimpeachable integrity, a hunger for challenge and willingness to learn, laugh, and make a difference in the lives of youth.

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The American Conservation Experience is dedicated to providing professional development and outdoor job skills training to youth (18-35) interested in careers related to conservation and land management.AmeriCorps Education Award ProvidedAmerican Conservation Experience is a nonprofit conservation corps offering opportunities for environmentally focused American and international volunteers who want to make a meaningful difference in the world. Based out of Arizona, California, Utah and North Carolina, small teams of volunteers come together on direct service projects for the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service and other land management agencies in inspiring U.S. locations, including Grand Canyon National Park, Lake Tahoe, Sequoia National Park, the Great Smoky Mountain Range and so much more. A range of voluntary service programs include Conservation Corps, Conservation Volunteer and EPIC Internships. Typical projects include trail construction and maintenance, native plant re-vegetation, non-native species removal, fence construction, erosion control, and wilderness restoration over a period of 8 days to 6 months throughout the year. Individuals will contribute their effort and enthusiasm in exchange for food during projects, complimentary accommodations, transportation to and from project sites, tents for project camping, and an opportunity to explore unique locales and volunteer with people from all over the world. Some opportunities also provide a living stipend, specifically those with the AmeriCorps Program. Applicants are generally between the ages of 18-25, physically fit, and have the ability to stay positive and enthusiastic through less than perfect situations. View current job opportunities and apply online.

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ACE is a great opportunity for career-oriented individuals looking to gain hands-on experience and exposure while expanding their network in the natural resources field, as well as for people looking to experience something new.

Experience a different way of life. Meet people from around the world. Enjoy spectacular landscapes. Contribute your energy to meaningful outdoor projects. Take pride in your team's accomplishments. ACE is a great opportunity for career-oriented individuals looking to gain hands-on experience and exposure while expanding their network in the natural resources field, as well as for people looking to experience something new.

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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! From Minnesota’s scenic Superior National Forest, Mississippi River water trails and Twin Cities parks to Iowa’s forestland and wide open prairies, Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa offers a wide range of opportunities to develop leadership and natural resource skills. If you want to work on a team of peers, build trails, learn how to manage wildfires, lead youth in conservation work, or land a hands-on apprenticeship, Conservation Corps Minnesota and Iowa might be a good fit for you.

Check out what it takes to be a:
Field Crew Leader/Member
Youth Outdoors Crew Leader/Member
Summer Youth Corps Crew Leader
Conservation Apprentice Academy
Individual Placement

Benefits include a living stipend starting at $1,355/month, health insurance, student loan forbearance during the service term, a post-service AmeriCorps education award, and the opportunity to explore career options. Applicants 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 all programs. If you are highly motivated, a committed individual, and passionate about habitat restoration and the outdoors, explore current job openings. Positions begin every February, March, May and July.

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Employment Alert
Conservation Corps is no longer accepting applications for the 2017 season. Stay tuned as they roll out positions for the 2018 season beginning this September/October.

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?

WisCorps crews complete high priority conservation and community revitalization projects across the state of Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest.

WisCorps provides a valuable service to local communities and the environment by engaging youth and young adults in direct conservation projects on public lands across the state of Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest. Serving both as a work supervisor and mentor, experienced adult Crew Leaders will lead teams of 4-5 Corps Members on hands-on projects that may include new trail construction, trail and habitat restoration, bridge and walk way construction, stream bank stabilization, reforestation and invasive species management. Crew Leaders will also be responsible for crew safety, ensuring high quality work, building community, crew work ethics and personal development of the entire crew.

Crew Leaders will earn $450–$500/week (Corps Members receive $300/week), plus room and board. Crew Leaders must be at least 22 years of age with outdoor leadership experience with youth or young adults and Corps Member must be between the ages of 18–25. All field staff must be comfortable with hard work in tough conditions commonly found living outdoors for weeks at a time. Now hiring crews for the spring, summer and fall season (check specific program dates for each position online), with a minimum time commitment of 4 weeks. If you are highly self-motivated, hardworking, confident, autonomous and relish rugged working conditions, fill out the online application (be ready to also include a cover letter and resume) or email Willie Bittner for more info.

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WisCorps projects may include new trail construction, trail and habitat restoration, bridge and walk way construction, stream bank stabilization, reforestation and invasive species management.

Through high priority, hands-on conservation projects, WisCorps Crew Members gain valuable life and employment skills.

Through high priority, hands-on conservation projects, WisCorps Crew Members gain valuable life and employment skills that will help them to become engaged and active members of their communities, as well as future leaders in the Wisconsin workforce!

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The Great Appalachian Valley Conservation Corps moves forward from the tradition of the Civilian Conservation Corps to engage young people in conservation service projects.

AmeriCorps Education Award ProvidedWith a mission to create opportunity from roots through service, community and wild places, the Great Appalachian Valley Conservation Corps (GAVCC) is a young adult conservation corps program based in Virginia. GAVCC works with a variety of land management agencies in the Southeast region, including the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, and conservation-based nonprofits. Based out of New Market, Virginia, Conservation Crews will work on projects across the state that can include new construction and maintenance, invasive species management, habitat improvement, wildfire recovery and disaster response. Crews usually camp on-site for nine days on, followed by five days off. No housing is provided for off days, but GAVCC staff can provide suggestions for local places to stay. Crew Member compensation includes an AmeriCorps living stipend that averages out at $275 per week, plus an AmeriCorps education award of $1,212 upon completion of the term. Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 25, a US citizen who has received a high school diploma or GED, and eligible to receive an AmeriCorps education award. Crew Leaders are paid $460-$600/week, depending on experience and certifications. Leaders must be at least 21 years old, have a current WFA certification, and related experience. Positions are available during the spring (March 6th through mid-May) and summer (early June through early August), with an option to work multiple seasons through mid-November. View detailed job descriptions and apply online or contact Zach Foster for more information.

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Hot Summer Jobs @ GAVCC!
Summer AmeriCorps Conservation Crews
Summer Conservation Crew Leaders
Summer Youth Crew (16-18) Member

Through meaningful work on the land, GAVCC Crew Members will develop the ability to work and lead within a crew in a challenging and supportive environment.

Over the course of the program, Crew Members will deepen their connection to the local community and landscape as well as the greater conservation movement.

Through meaningful work on the land, GAVCC Crews will develop the ability to work and lead within a crew in a challenging and supportive environment. Over the course of the program, Crews will deepen their connection to the local community and landscape as well as the greater conservation movement.

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 skills while making a difference? Or perhaps begin building skill sets that will prepare you for diverse employment in the future? Offering meaningful employment and conservation service opportunities, the Southeast Conservation Corps (SECC) operates teen and adult crews throughout the year, with projects ranging from trail construction and maintenance to invasive species removal and habitat restoration.

Seasonal job openings include residential and non-residential Crew Leaders, Adult Conservation Trail Crews and Youth Conservation Crews. Residential (camping) crews will spend up to nine days in the field, with 5 days off in-between hitches. Projects span the geographical area of the Southern Appalachians including TN, GA, SC, NC and KY. Non-residential (local) crews work mostly MO–FR and focus primarily on projects that are within a day’s drive of Chattanooga, TN, and complete projects similar to residential crews. For members, benefits include a stipend of $275–$300/week, an AmeriCorps education award to qualifying individuals, paid training, travel, camping depending on crew, uniform, meals while on camping crews, and the chance to live and work in one of the most diverse ecosystems in the United States. 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. Crew positions range from 9 weeks to 4+ months, generally from March through October. There are also internship placements that range anywhere from 8 weeks to 1 year and a Veterans Conservation Program.

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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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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 Vermont Youth Conservation Corps is looking for strong leaders who are ready for a challenge and enjoy working with young people (15-24 years old). You will serve as a teacher, mentor, supervisor and role model for a crew of five to eight Corps Members 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 located in Vermont and North Carolina with varied start/end dates from late March to November. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with preference given to early applicants.

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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!

The Appalachian Mountain Club — Your Connection to the Outdoors!

If you are passionate about the outdoors and looking for a supportive and fun culture, AMC offers a range of rewarding employment opportunities in terrific locations throughout the Northeast!

Program in the Spotlight Managing backcountry facilities from Maine to Pennsylvania as well as maintaining the trails to reach them, the Appalachian Mountain Club connects people to the outdoors. These facilities serve as the base of operations for various education efforts, ranging from multi-day, curriculum-based school trips to weeklong backcountry adventures. Land a job with the AMC and you'll have an unforgettable time working closely with other people and creating friendships that will last a lifetime. Seasonal employment, summer jobs and internships are broken into four categories: Lodge & Hut Crews (Help serve food, prepare facilities, and offer trail information to outdoor enthusiasts who visit AMC outdoor lodges throughout the year), Trail Crews (AMC is responsible for over 1,800 miles of trails throughout the Northeast and they need your help to maintain them), Outdoor Education Team (Serve as an Educator, Guide or Naturalist for various environmental educational programming), and Support Staff (During the high season, thousands of guests pass through AMC facilities, hundreds of staff who need supplies, and dozens of buildings that need maintenance). In addition to an hourly wage of $7.50-$11/hour, benefits include the ability to stay free at all facilities, easy access to miles of trails and other recreational opportunities, and a 30% discount on all goods sold in AMC stores. Positions are available year-round and seasonally. Explore current job openings at Outdoors.org.

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Hut Croos are an integral part of the tradition and experience of the Appalachian Mountain Club.

A host of Naturalists and Guides positions are needed to educate those staying at AMC huts and lodges.

To become a Hut “Croo” Member means the chance to join one of the most revered mountain traditions, requiring endurance and a love of outdoor adventure! Carrying a vintage packboard of supplies weighing anywhere from 40-80 pounds, AMC Croos supply far-flung huts.

If you like learning new things and want to explore Maine's beautiful places, the Maine Conservation Corps has a job for you!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!

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 — Current Job Openings
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! Now recruiting for the fall season (August 22nd to November 3rd).

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.

The mission of the Green Mountain Club is to make the Vermont mountains play a larger part in the life of the people by protecting and maintaining the Long Trail System and fostering, through education, the stewardship of Vermont’s hiking trails and mountains.

AmeriCorps Education Award ProvidedMidway between Waterbury and Stowe, Vermont, you'll find the headquarters for the Green Mountain Club (GMC) who preserves, protects and maintains the Long Trail, Vermont's footpath in the wilderness and the oldest long-distance hiking trail in America.

Every year GMC hires dozens of paid seasonal staff and interns:
Long Trail Patrol Crews work on heavily used and blown out sections of trail that require intensive trail structures and advanced technical skills.
Construction Crew Members works as a member of a small crew on projects that may include bridge repair and construction, restoration and repair of historic shelters and cabins, building kiosks and informative displays and constructing trail related structures.
Backcountry Caretakers are stationed at overnight campsites associated with vulnerable natural areas, employ hiker education and backcountry stewardship to promote Leave No Trace principles and maintain 10-20 miles of trail.

First year field staff pay begins at $400/week. Field staff must provide their own food; however, GMC provides seasonal staff housing with showers, kitchen and laundry on-site. Internet and computer access is available a short walk through the woods at the main office. The field season runs from June to mid-October and is split into two time periods: summer (June to mid-August) and fall (mid-August to mid-October), with the option of working both seasons. All staff must be willing to spend up to 5 days in the woods each week, regardless of weather conditions. If you have a strong background working and living in the outdoors, fill out the online application.

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GMC hires dozens of paid seasonal staff and interns, including backcountry caretakers (who live at wilderness ponds and alpine summits while educating hikers about the area) and trail crew (who take to the more physical tasks including building rock retaining walls and staircases and bridges).

It’s a job like no other – get experience in a unique and interesting field!

Perks of the Job!
Work and live outside — a mountain top could become your new office!
Meet and live with 30 other people interested in conservation work, and hundreds of other hikers and outdoors people.
Enjoy a laid-back, family-style atmosphere.
Network with the US Forest Service and State agencies.

Put your passion for the Appalachian Trail to work! Apply for summer trail crew jobs in Maine and make friendships that will last a lifetime.

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 2017 Seasonal Job Opportunities:
Maine Trail Crew Leaders & Assistant Leaders (May 20th–August 26th): Teach and lead a volunteer trail crew doing trail reconstruction work on the Appalachian Trail and at remote sites. Activities focus on teamwork and learning opportunities for volunteers. $13.15/hour ($10/hour for Assistants), plus training, meals and lodging.
Trail Interns (May 20th–August 26th): Join Trail Crew staff and volunteers with activities focused on teamwork and learning skills. Projects include building stone steps, waterbars, retaining walls and new trails. $200/week plus meals and lodging.
Maine Trail Crew Camp Coordinator (May 20th–August 26th): 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. $13.15/hour plus meals and lodging.
Caretakers & Ridgerunner (May to 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. $10–$13.25/hour, plus backpacking and camping gear for the season.
Maine Trail Crew Volunteers (June 23rd–August 24th 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!

TerraCorps is an innovative national service program working to help Massachusetts communities conserve and secure land for the health and well being of people and nature. AmeriCorps Education Award ProvidedTerraCorps, formerly MassLIFT-AmeriCorps, is an innovative national service program helping communities conserve and secure land for the health and well being of people and nature. Using the AmeriCorps national service model, TerraCorps prepares and mobilizes emerging leaders to help strengthen community-based nonprofits working to meet these goals. The 2017-18 TerraCorps program will support thirty-six full-time AmeriCorps members, serving across Massachusetts (from the Berkshires to Cape Cod) in one of four coordinator positions: Land Stewardship Coordinator, Regional Conservation Coordinator, Community Engagement Coordinator, and Youth Education Coordinator. The positions differ in their focus on community engagement and organization, land access, conservation and stewardship, and youth or adult education. All members will carry out capacity building projects; educate or train individuals; recruit, train, manage, and support community volunteers; and identify new individuals and groups to participate in land conservation opportunities. Specific responsibilities and goals of members differ by position and host site organization. Positions require a minimum of 1,700 hours of service over an 11-month period, from August 28, 2017 to July 27, 2018. Members receive a living stipend of $12,530, an education award of $5,815, and additional AmeriCorps benefits. Members are responsible for their own housing and must have access to reliable transportation. At minimum, applicants must be at least 18 years of age, a U.S. citizen/permanent resident, and have a high school diploma. Interested individuals should send a complete application (cover letter, resume and application form) to Hanna Mogensen.

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Serving directly with one of 19 nonprofit partners across Massachusetts, TerraCorps Members become integrated into the organization and community they are serving.

TerraCorps offers a unique opportunity for members to to gain crucial skills, develop professional networks, and hands-on experience in a variety of roles in the field of land access and conservation.

TerraCorps offers a unique opportunity for members to to gain crucial skills, develop professional networks, and hands-on experience in a variety of roles in the field of land access and conservation.

Backpacker Magazine

Learn more about this book on Amazon.com If you have a passion for the outdoors, Backpacker Magazine will keep you in the know, including creating your own adventure trip, tasty backcountry cooking, essential camping and multi-sport skills, feature articles and gear reviews.

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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