- Additional Opportunities for Veterans
Veterans Green Corps
Thank you for your interest in the Veteran Green Corps program at Montana Conservation Corps! The MCC Veterans Green Corps is an intensive 11 week training program that certifies you for jobs in wildland firefighting and other natural resource careers. The program is camping-based with extended periods in remote settings. MCC is not a therapeutic program and provides no physical or mental health rehabilitation resources. Participants are enrolled as AmeriCorps national service participants and earn only a modest $650 biweekly stipend and education award upon completion of the program.
MCC has been running Veterans Programs for almost 10 years with a high degree of success for our participants. All along, we have struggled to connect with Veterans and recently decided that we would not be running the program in 2020 due to lack of recruits. However, because of a wave of interest sparked by current members and alumni posting articles, we have decided to reassess our ability to pull together enough crews in 2020 to maintain this excellent experience in Montana.
We need your help! Please follow the link below and submit your contact information if you have interest in this program for our 2020 season.
Adam Hein, Regional Director- Helena
Note: The link above does not work on some government computers, if this is the case, please call 406.587.4475
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.
This AmeriCorps program is designed for US Military, post-9/11 veterans who are interested in gaining experience, education and professional development in resource management, wildland firefighting and other outdoor related fields. All applicants must have served in the U.S. Armed Forces and have a DD214 or NGB-22 with honorable or general (under honorable conditions) discharge. Other than honorable separation statuses will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Crews are generally comprised of individuals 21-35 years of age who have minimal financial and/or personal commitments. 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!
Program Dates: April 1 through August 2, 2019
Living Allowance: $686.60 biweekly (increases to $700 on May 20th)
AmeriCorps Education Award: $2,215.24 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.
Program Dates: May 20 through August 1, 2019
Living Allowance: $650 biweekly
AmeriCorps Education Award: $1,252.91 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.