Legislated nationally as a permanent program of the US Forest Service in 1974, the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) engages young people in paid work on needed conservation projects while providing environmental education opportunities that allow them to "learn while they earn."  In 2017, the US Forest Service is partnering with MCC to offer the program by engaging MCC members as Crew Leaders to YCC crews.

Serving as a YCC Crew Leader with MCC will have a lifelong impact not only on you, but also on the communities, landscapes, and teens enrolled in YCC. You’ll discover unexpected abilities in yourself along with the enduring self-confidence to effectively lead young people toward accomplishing even the most challenging tasks. In the end, it is your commitment to serving others, starting with the youth on your crew, that yields the most satisfaction and the greatest enjoyment. 


Leaders serve in MCC’s Northern Rockies Region (Kalispell, MT).  Leaders receive a $626.50 bi-weekly stipend and a $1,527.45 education award upon completion of service term.

Qualifications - Must Have

Available May 26 through August 18, 2017
Valid driver’s license, ability to pass a motor vehicle records check (Motor Vehicle Record Driver's Guidelines)
Ability to pass a Criminal Background Check for working with vulnerable populations
US Citizenship or ability to work in the US
Must be 21 years old or older

Desired Qualifications

Previous leadership experience, skills and training, preferably in a corps program, or similar setting
Technical skills, including chainsaw usage, trail work and knowledge of a wide range of power and hand tools
Current Advanced First Aid/CPR training (WAFA, WFR)
Effective written and oral communication skills
Teaching experience, skills or training, preferably with adolescent youth in an outdoor setting"
Experience working with underserved youth preferred

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