Veterans Green Corps
Veterans Green Corps (VGC) is a field-based opportunity for post 9/11 era Armed Forces Veterans and Service Members modeled after the Civilian Conservation Corps. The VGC program is an experience that provides on the job training focusing in Wildland Firefighting and chainsaw technical skills. The Veterans Green Corps is based in the Central Divide (Helena, MT) region. Trainings are largely field based and are provided through a joint partnership with the Forest Service. Project work typically includes fuels reduction and thinning projects however it may also include other types of conservation service. Participants in the past have been called upon to support wildland fire suppression efforts in Montana.
Veterans Green Corps members receive their Incident Qualification Card (Red Card). The Incident Qualification Card is an accepted interagency certification that allows an individual to complete the required job when arriving on an incident or fire. Along with the Red Card, members will receive wildland firefighting certifications and other training at no cost. Leaders and Members continue to build on their experience of working as an effective team when they join the Veterans Green Corps. It is a great opportunity to network with Montana Conservation Corps partner agencies for future career opportunities.
Veterans with an honorable discharge or general discharge — under honorable conditions — are encouraged to apply. Montana Conservation Corps’ Veteran Green Corps program is a VA approved non-college degree (NCD) training program.
To learn more about the Veterans Green Corps, check out these FAQs and this Suggested Gear List!
We also welcome veterans into any of our other programs - check out other opportunities to serve with Montana Conservation Corps here!
VGC Referral Program
Have someone in mind for our VGC program? Refer them and receive a $100 referral bonus!
How it Works
- Refer a friend to a VGC position
- Your friend applies and lists you as a referral source
- Your friend gets hired and shows up on the first day, you earn $100!
- Repeat two more times (refer up to 3 friends for a total of $300!)
- Referral bonus only available for VGC positions
- The referred must apply through our online application portal
- The referred must get hired and show up on the first day
- The referred must list you as a referral source
- Maxiumum of 3 referrals for a total of $300
- A total of 20 referral bonuses will be awarded
Program Dates: May 21 through August 2, 2018
Living Allowance: $650 biweekly
AmeriCorps Education Award: $1,230.69 upon completion of the program
Veterans Green Corps (VGC) Members dedicate a season to addressing a variety of conservation needs. Veterans Green Corps Members work together for the betterment of America's public lands while building on skills in preparation for careers in wild land fire fighting and resource management.
Learn More and Apply
Program Dates: February 5 through August 3, 2018
Living Allowance: $631.50 biweekly (increases to $700 on May 21st)
AmeriCorps Education Award: $2,907.50 upon completion of the program
Leading a Veterans Green Corps (VGC) crew is a rewarding and challenging opportunity to lead a team of veterans who value community, service, and hard work. The Veterans Green Corps Leader is responsible for assuring the successful completion of MCC natural resource and community service projects, on-site management of a crew, monitoring of crew dynamics to ensure a high level of crew functioning and the delivery of the full range of MCC program components. The Veterans Green Corps Crew Leader acts as the primary in-field liaison between Regional staff and the project partner or technical advisor.
Be Notified When This Position is Open in 2019