Regional FAQs

The majority of the questions answered here relate to project work, crews, AmeriCorps, etc. Once you have submitted an application to enroll with MCC, these questions will become much more pertinent to you. For more general questions about the application process, see General FAQs.

  • What is the normal size of a crew?
    • The average size is seven.

  • Would I be eligible for food stamps?
    • You might be. Food stamps, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), is available to individuals who meet the appropriate criteria. Information on the criteria can be found at Montana SNAP.  

  • Will I have a uniform?
    • Yes. Members will receive three work shirts, a hooded sweatshirt, hardhat, ear protection, and safety glasses for use during their term of service. Members must provide their work pants, sturdy work boots (leather, non-steel toed, five inches heel to top), and work gloves.

  • Where can I find information about staff opportunities?
    • We hire various staff positions as needed each season. We’re fortunate to have a strong group of alumni that come back and pass on their knowledge each and every year. With that being said, if there are any staff opportunities available, they’ll be listed on our career opportunities page. 

  • Can I bring my pet(s) on a project?
    • No. If you utilize a service animal, we will make accommodations. Please let us know in advance.

  • Would experience with MCC help me gain contacts for federal/state employment?
    • Maybe! How you present yourself with project partners, your work ethic, and taking the time to do your homework on the agency will ultimately help you land a job. That being said, your term of service gives you a chance to meet agency employees and show them what you’re capable of.

  • What would my work schedule be like?
    • The nature of our work requires flexibility. Often times, crews work nine days on and have 3-5 days off. Travel to your project, needs of our partners, weather, and many other factors may extend or shorten this schedule. The days and specific work hours will be set by the regional staff. 

  • What types of projects would I work on?
    • Most crews will work on the following projects at some point in their season: community-based projects, building gardens, weatherizing homes, debris clean-up, tree planting, etc. You may also work on restoring habitats, building and/or clearing trail, species inventory, invasive species removal, fence building/removal, fuels reduction, historic preservation, structure building, and much more. Visit Our Work to learn more.

  • Could I defer payment on my student loans during my service term?
    • Individuals performing a term of service in an approved AmeriCorps position may be eligible to temporarily postpone the repayment of their qualified student loans through an action called loan forbearance. While your loan is in forbearance during your term of service, interest continues to accrue. However, if you successfully complete your term of service, the National Service Trust will pay all or a portion of the interest that accrued on your qualified student loans during your service period. To request that your loan company (your “loan holder”) approves forbearance for your qualified student loans during your service period, visit  My AmeriCorps

  • Can I receive college credit?
    • If you are a college student you may be able to get college credit for participating in our program. The first step would be to approach a faculty member at your college or university (most likely in the environmental studies department) and see if they would be willing to sponsor your participation in this program as an independent study through which you could get credit. We would be happy to work with you and your faculty sponsor in any way we could to fulfill the requirements needed for credit.

  • When would I receive my living stipend (allowance) and how much would I receive?
    • The total living allowance is based on the type of position and is listed in each position description. You will receive a stipend check every two weeks. It is subject to state and federal taxes.

  • Am I eligible even if I have maxed out my education award?
    • Yes. However, AmeriCorps regulations allow a person to serve a maximum of:
      Four AmeriCorps state or national terms of service
      Five one year Vista terms of service
      Two NCCC terms of service

  • How can I prepare for my interview?
    • Research the position and Montana Conservation Corps as much as possible. Be prepared to demonstrate how you plan to be successful in your term, including describing how you would live and work with various personalities, what types of experiences you hope to have, and the professional, volunteer, and educational experiences that have prepared you to be a strong member of the crew.

  • What is MCC’s leave policy?
    • 1700-hour corps members may take no more than five days of time off during their term of service. Regional staff must approve all requests for time off. Corps members are required to give regional staff as much advance notice as possible, preferably one month, when requesting time off.

      Shorter term corps members (900-hour or less) will receive no time off during the term of service. Extenuating circumstances can be discussed with regional staff. If time off is approved, it will be unpaid.

  • What is the work schedule like?
    • The nature of our work demands flexibility. Often times, crews work nine days on and have 3-5 days off. Travel to your project, needs of our partners, weather, and many other factors may extend or shorten this schedule. The days and specific work hours will be set by the regional staff. 

  • Will I be considered for other positions if I don’t receive an offer for the one I applied to?
    • After we’ve received your application, we will ask you if you would like to be considered for other positions. In the event that you aren’t offered a position, we may contact you about reapplying to a different position.

  • What are the regional differences in project work?
    • Most crews will experience a mix of back and front country work. What this means is some projects will require you to hike in and camp, others you will be based at a campsite with access to your crew’s vehicle. Specific projects are hard to gauge as they change based on the needs of our partners every year. A safe guess is that you’ll have a mix of trail construction and maintenance, invasive species removal, historic preservation, and habitat enhancement.

  • Can I be placed on a crew with a relative or significant other?
    • No. MCC encourages individual growth, and therefore, will not place couples or relatives on the same crew. We will certainly place you in the same region, though. 

  • Are there chainsaw, trail, stone work only crews?
    • Not necessarily. In recent years some crews have been on projects that are focused in specific area of conservation. If you already possess skills in any of these areas, we recommend highlighting that in your resume and email submission.

  • What gear am I responsible for buying?
    • Members receive three work shirts, a hooded sweatshirt, hardhat, ear protection, and safety glasses, for use during their term of service. Members must provide their work pants (brown Ben Davis only), sturdy work boots (leather, non-steel toed, five inches heel to top), and work gloves. The rest of your gear is up to you. That said, every region has a limited supply of tents, sleeping mats, backpacks, and sleeping bags. You can check out this equipment once you arrive in your region. However, we have devised a guide to assist you in obtaining the essentials. If you’re stressing about gear, you may be getting ahead of yourself.

  • Do you have seasonal opportunities (summer, fall, winter)?
    • Yes. The Invasive Strike Team is a summer-only crew. Veterans Green Corps (Military Veterans or active-duty Service Members) typically has both a summer and fall session. In the past we have been asked to hire other seasonal staff leaders for our partners like the Forest Service. In 2015 we will also begin offering summer-only internships. More information can be obtained by emailing us at apply@mtcorps.org.

  • What's an education award and how do I claim it?
    • By enrolling for an AmeriCorps term of service, you become eligible for the award upon successful completion of the term. The education award may be used to pay educational costs at eligible post-secondary educational institutions (including many technical schools and GI-Bill approved educational programs), as well as to repay qualified student loans. The dollar amount of a full-time award is tied to the maximum amount of the U.S. Department of Education's Pell Grant, thus it can vary from year to year. Currently, AmeriCorps members may earn up to the value of two full-time education awards and have seven years from the date they earned each award to use it. Access to your award will be available online after your service. Click here to learn more.

  • Is money for food provided?
    • Yes. Each member receives a daily allowance for food while on projects. The most efficient method is to food shop and cook together as a crew. It allows you to save money and purchase healthy options that lead to fulfilling meals. During your off time you will be responsible for your meals.

  • I have dietary restrictions, do I supply my own food?
    • You will have an opportunity to confidentially disclose any restrictions once you've been offered a position. We will work with crews to develop appropriate meal plans.

  • I don’t have a car, what do I do for transportation?
    • We provide each crew with a vehicle to get them to and from each project site. Relocation for your term or recreational travel on your off days are left up to you.