General FAQs

The questions listed here are some of the most frequently asked basic questions about serving with MCC from potential applicants. If you have a question more specific to the nature of projects or crews, visit the Regional FAQs.

  • Are relocation costs covered?
    • No. You are responsible for your transportation costs to and from Montana.

  • Does MCC provide housing?
    • No. While on projects, your home is a tent for most of the time, which you are responsible for providing. MCC can rent tents to individuals depending upon availability. You are responsible for finding your own housing while not on projects. Many members find housing together. Each regional office page has resources to help you find suitable housing.

  • What about transportation?
    • You’ll need to get to the MCC office or other meeting places on your own, but it is not necessary to have a car. It is often possible to carpool with other members on a crew, or bike or walk to a regional office. MCC provides transportation from the office to the worksite and back.

  • Where can I find applications and how does the process work?
    • Each application is available on the corresponding position’s page. Most of our applications are available for download in October. Once you’ve determined which position is right for you, follow the instructions listed on that page. After we’ve received your completed application, you’ll receive an email with additional questions, including which region(s) you are interested in serving. Once you’ve answered these questions, your materials will be forwarded and reviewed by regional staff. If your application meets our minimum criteria, you’ll be asked to interview. The regional office is responsible for deciding whether or not to enroll you as an AmeriCorps member with Montana Conservation Corps.

  • When are applications due and what his the hiring timeline?
    • All of our positions are open until filled and the hiring process is competitive. The corresponding position page will list if we are no longer accepting applications. The timeline from when you apply to when you’re offered a position will vary. After we receive your application, you’ll receive a confirmation email with additional questions within 48 hours. You’ll receive notification within 7-10 days by regional staff if you’ve been invited to interview for a position. If you’re offered a slot, it’s extremely important for you to remain in contact and complete the AmeriCorps enrollment process. If repeated delays prohibit you from completing aspects of your paperwork, your position may be offered to another qualified candidate.

  • How do I know if my application meets the minimum criteria?
    • You must meet AmeriCorps citizenship eligibility requirements, be at least 18 years of age, and have obtained a high school diploma or GED to be considered for all of our field programs. Please fully take into account the dates for the term of service. If you cannot commit to the full duration of the program dates, please look at another one of our programs.

      Those seeking a position with Big Sky Watershed Corps must have a college degree or equivalent, preferably in watershed, environment, or an education related field. Veterans Green Corps requires that you serve(d) in the Armed Forces. Expedition participants must be 15-17 years of age and a Montana resident.  

      Your application must be complete and professional. You must be able to document a genuine interest in our program. Some applicants describe a professional or volunteer experience similar to our program, while others have pursued a related educational field. Some successful applicants do not have a direct relevant experience or background, but they are able to articulate how our program aligns with their values and interests.

  • Do you have a preferred submission method for my application?
    • Yes. To reduce our paper consumption, we prefer applications that are PDFs (digital signatures are accepted). These can be emailed to apply@mtcorps.org. However, we also accept applications via standard mail or fax. Those may be sent to Montana Conservation Corps, 206 N Grand Ave, Bozeman, MT 59715 or faxed to (406) 587-2606. Please note application and hiring timelines will be lengthened when using standard mail.

  • Is preference given to applicants who have served with MCC before?
    • We value the experience that all applicants bring to the organization—whether that’s with MCC or not. While serving with MCC or another AmeriCorps program strengthens your application, it is not the deciding factor to obtaining a position.

  • How do I apply to a specific region?
    • After you’ve submitted an application and answered our question about regional placement, your application is routed based on two factors: your personal selections and current hiring needs of the region. We will always try to place applicants into their preferred region but this doesn’t always happen. If you want to obtain a position with MCC, being flexible to serve in any region will increase the likelihood you’ll be offered a position.

  • 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.

  • Can I start my term of service 1-2 weeks late?
    • No. Our programs are highly contingent on you attending leadership development and technical skills trainings. These occur at the beginning of your term of service and are nearly impossible to miss.

  • Do you have any summer-only positions?
    • 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.

  • I’m a student. Can I still apply?
    • Of course! Many of our members are college students. Please check that your availability coincides with our program dates. Some students find it necessary to take off the fall school semester to complete our program. 

  • Are your programs exclusively for Montana residents?
    • Our AmeriCorps programs are open to all US citizens. Our Youth Service Expedition Program is for Montana teenagers only.

  • Is food paid for?
    • While on proejcts, you’ll receive a meal allowance in addition to your living stipend. During your days off, you are responsible for your own meals. Your living stipend is meant to cover this expense.

  • Is the AmeriCorps stipend enough to live on?
    • The stipend is adequate to meet your basic needs for housing, food, and routine needs. You may find it difficult to meet other financial obligations such as a car payment or credit card payment, so please consider your needs and determine whether you would be able to budget appropriately. You may be able to defer your student loan payments during your term of service. Talk to your lender for more information.

  • What’s the work schedule like?
    • Flexibility is an essential part of a successful term of service. Your schedule will fluctuate to meet the needs of project sponsors. We often work well over 40 hours a week and on Saturdays and Sundays. Hitches may be nine or more days long, sometimes 12 weeks or more in remote locations. After each hitch, you will have 3-5 days off in town. For most of the season, you’ll be camping at frontcountry or backcountry locations, but you may also have weeks in town.

  • Do I need any training to join? What training will I receive?
  • Do you offer college credit for your program?
    • If you are able to coordinate this with your school, it may be possible to receive college credit, but you are responsible for working this out.

  • What’s the nature of the work?
    • MCC completes projects at high elevations in all types of weather, and the work is physically rigorous. Over the course of your term, you may complete one or more of the following: historical building restoration, trail building/maintenance, fence building, fire restoration, habitat restoration, noxious weed removal, and community projects. Please see Our Work for more information.

  • Who does MCC work with?
    • MCC crews work with over 150 project sponsor agencies, including the National Park Service, US Forest Service, BLM, Fish and Wildlife Service, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, and Natural Resources and Conservation, numerous city and county agencies, and community organizations.

  • What opportunities are available after MCC?
    • Much of this depends on your interests. Many members return the next year as MCC Crew Leaders. Many MCC alumni find work with the Forest Service, Park Service, or other natural resource agencies and organizations.

  • What are the guidelines for passing a motor vehicle records check?
    • The MCC insurance company, Conservation United Insurance, obtains the Motor Vehicle Record and shares this information with MCC. Please see the "Motor Vehicle Record Driver's Guidelines" for a list of the criteria Conservation United Insurance uses to determine whether or not a candidate is eligible to drive a MCC vehicle.