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.

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 19-37 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!

We also welcome veterans into any of our other programs - check out other opportunities to serve with Montana Conservation Corps here

Position Offerings

Location: Helena
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. 

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Location: Helena
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.

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