We are no longer accepting applications for Expedition for the 2016 season. If you would like to be notified when we start accepting applications for the 2017 season, please send us an email to be placed on our position notification list. Enrollment for the 2017 season will open in March.
Expedition is a four-week, three-week, or two-week volunteer service experience for Montana teens ages 15 to 17. As an Expedition Crew Member, participants call their tent home for most of the month. Each crew is led by two graduates of the Montana Conservation Corps’ Leadership Development Program. Crews work, serve, and learn in some of Montana’s wildest places!
Projects are a mix of “backcountry spikes” where crews will be packed a few miles into the project site, where they will camp overnight, and “front country spikes” where crews car camp near the project site. Participants are exposed to challenging physical work as well as the rigors of camp life. The weekends give crews a chance to explore, recreate, relax, and to get to know each other and the areas around the project.
Each Expedition session begins with a one-day orientation covering safety, leave no trace principles and program basics, expectations, and logistics. Expedition crew members are taught MCC’s program objectives of communication and team skills, leadership development, environmental stewardship, technical field skills, and embracing a strong service ethic through their crew experience and complementary education.
Qualified individuals with disabilities and those from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. We provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals and are an equal opportunity employer.
Qualifications - Must Have
Montana residents 15-17 years old
Desire to live, work, and enjoy the outdoors
Previous work, volunteer, or Expedition experience is helpful but not required
2017 program dates will be available soon.
This program encourages participants to connect with something bigger than themselves. By living and working alongside peers from different communities, members develop a team first mentality that can lead to lasting friendships. Each teen receives marketable know-how and resume experience by completing 160 hours of community service. Participants receive a Presidential Service Award upon completion of the program and have the opportunity to receive a $325 AmeriCorps Education Award.
Parents/guardians of youth accepted into our Expedition Program will be required to create an online profile to complete paperwork required for participation in our program. Create your online profile here.
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