Why MCC?

Are you looking for a challenge?  Do you want to make a difference in the world?  Serving with Montana Conservation Corps, you will develop as a person, a citizen, and as a leader while working outdoors in the wild and rugged landscapes of Montana and the Northern Rockies. Unlike some other programs, there is no fee to apply to serve with MCC and there is no fee to participate in any of our programs.  In fact, Corps Members serving with MCC in one of our AmeriCorps programs may be eligible to receive a living stipend, training, health insurance, and an education award.

MCC is committed to engaging young people in stewarding public lands while helping them build the skills and values to shape their future and their communities.  For over 20 years, we have brought young people together to work on meaningful conservation projects as a means of helping develop leadership competences and civic values while working on real-world issues. Through your term of service, you will gain skills, confidence, and a tangible experience of effecting change. In turn, you will perform substantial service that provides lasting benefit for public lands and communities. 

  • Learn skills that will serve you throughout life
    • Our subjects are the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to becoming an active citizen; our classroom is the natural world, and our teacher is the experience gained through hands-on work.  MCC helps Corps Members develop specifically in the areas of leadership, communication and teambuilding, service and citizenship, stewardship, and hard work for quality results.  We believe that experience will be your best teacher. But experience alone is not enough.  

      True learning requires reflection, and it requires moving experience from the hands, the back, the eyes, the ears into the heart and head.  But even then something is missing.  The real value of learning lies not in what it can do for you, but in how it can be used to benefit others, your crew, your family, your community.

  • Work outdoors in amazing places
    • There is no better backdrop for a service and learning experience than the wilds of Montana, including 15 million acres of National Forests, 3.5 million acres throughout 16 Wilderness Areas, not to mention Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks.  The opportunities that exist in Montana to explore wild landscapes are unparalleled.  One third of the state is open to public access.  While serving with MCC, you will help ensure these lands are healthy and accessible for generations to come.

  • Work in a tight-knit crew of peers
    • MCC is a crew-based experience.  Corps Members will serve their term of service in a crew with five to seven other Corps Members that will develop into a well-integrated team.  Many alumni say serving, living, and working within a small crew was one of the major highlights of serving with MCC.  The crew structure allows Corps Members to grow together and experience the satisfaction of working as high-performing team.

  • Perform challenging work that improves the environment
    • Joining MCC is not a job—it is a commitment to service and to participating as an active learner in a crew setting. We look for applicants ready to put others’ interests before their own, lead by example, to learn and support their peers’ learning, and work hard while serving long hours and living outdoors in all weather.

      MCC Corps Members perform substantial work that provides lasting benefit for public lands.  MCC collaborates with a wide variety of partners to provide Corps Members the opportunity to work in varied landscapes in Montana and the Northern Rockies.  That is not to say the work is easy.  In fact, the physical nature of the work is part of the challenge complicated by working in the outdoors. 

  • Quality of the MCC Experience
    • In 1993, MCC became one of the first national service programs with an environmental focus. Today, MCC is highly respected within the corps community for the quality of our programs, our Leadership Development program, and stewardship impact. The Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps, described MCC as “a leading program amongst conservation corps across the nation.” 

  • Living stipend, health insurance, educational award, and other benefits
    • Unlike some other programs, there is no fee to apply to serve with MCC and there is no fee to participate in any of our programs.  In fact, Corps Members serving with MCC in one of our AmeriCorps programs receive a living stipend, training, and have the option of health insurance after 30 days of service.  They are also eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of the term of service.  Expedition Corps Members receive a $200 service award upon successful completion of the term of service.

Figuring it out


number of new friends you'll have upon completion of MCC.


number of emails that will accumulate in your inbox while on hitch.


number of incredible vistas and sunsets, you'll encounter and want to remember.


number that you'll actually care to read before ditching the computer to go back outside.


number of office walls you'll blankly stare at while with MCC.


number of working days before your term ends that you’ll have finally broken in your Carhartts


number of inches your gut will diminish.


number of inches your muscles will grow while with MCC.

ENDLESS number of fantastic stories you'll be able to tell.

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