Location: Bozeman, Helena, Kalispell, Missoula
Program Dates: May 20 through November 1, 2019
Living Allowance: $504.00 biweekly
AmeriCorps Education Award: $2,960 upon completion of the program
Throughout your time as a Crew Member, you’ll work hard while exploring wild lands and developing communication and team skills, leadership skills, environmental stewardship values, technical field skills, and a strong service ethic. Crew interactions are designed to enhance personal growth with the experience itself as the primary teacher. This includes labor-intensive fieldwork, the rigors of camp life, and public lands education focused on connecting your day-to-day work to MCC’s mission. In addition to our Wildland Restoration Program (separate application), our Field Crew programs include the following:
Forest Stewardship Program (formerly called the Chainsaw Crews) - Participants in MCC’s Forest Stewardship Program become proficient at using chainsaws to restore native ecosystems, reduce threats of wildfire, and improve forest health. Our Forest (and Prairie) Stewardship Program prepares the next generation of wildfire fuels reduction and habitat restoration professionals. Program participants learn chainsaw safety, maintenance, and sharpening techniques, and hone saw skills for bucking, limbing, and felling. Participants earn National Sawyer Certification Cards.
Resource Conservation Program - MCC’s Resource Conservation program is our foundation for conservation – quintessential MCC. Corps members serve on diverse projects including trail building, fencing, weed management, wildlife restoration, and more. Typically serving on 5-9 day “hitches” at diverse project sites, from community parks to national parks, urban trails to lost trails in the backcountry, Resource Conservation crews are often our farthest ranging crews, discovering a diversity of wildlands while mastering traditional skills using legendary primitive tools, such as pulaskis, mcleods, pick mattocks, crosscuts, and so on.
Backcountry Trails Program - For a fully immersive, remote, Rocky Mountains experience, check out the Backcountry Trails Program. Crew members set out into the pristine backcountry equipped with a backpack, food, tents, tools, and a spirit for adventure. You’ll clear, build and maintain trails with traditional tools. You’ll camp out every night and spend a lot of time hiking. Backcountry Trails Program participants develop strong connections with project partners and with the land. You will develop skills for trail maintenance and construction with traditional tools and primitive skills
We have changed our application process for 2019 positions. You will be able to indicate which type of crew you are interested in serving on in addition to identifying the region you would most like to work from.