Field Crew

Joining an MCC field crew gives you the opportunity to serve alongside others from across the country who share your passion for hard work and conservation of wild lands. Your time with MCC will have a lifelong impact on you as well as the landscapes and communities you serve. Montana and the Northern Rockies are among the wildest and most beautiful places in the world. Our participants explore places that many people never get the opportunity to experience and enjoy.

Throughout your time in the field, 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.

For more details about MCC's Field Crew Program, check out our FAQs and Suggested Gear List.

Position Offerings

Location: Bozeman, Helena, Kalispell, Missoula, MT
Program Dates: February 3 through November 4, 2020
Living Allowance: $725 biweekly
AmeriCorps Education Award: $6,095 upon completion of the program

The Senior Crew Leader’s (SCL) responsibilities will include training of Field and Expedition Leaders, field visitation and logistical support to help ensure the successful completion of MCC projects and programming, and logistical support to ensure regional operations run smoothly.  The SCL, under the supervision of the Regional Program Manager or Youth Program Manager respectively, works with all regional staff and must maintain communication between the office and the field.   The SCL helps ensure that MCC policies and procedures are followed by all members and leaders while establishing and maintaining a good working relationship with project partners. The SCL will be called upon to lead or join an existing crew when necessary.  The SCL is an AmeriCorps member and is entitled to the benefit package offered to all AmeriCorps members. This is not a 9-5 job, rather a commitment to service and an experience where long hours and extended time away from your home base are to be expected. Serving as a SCL at MCC means having passion for service to others, for wild lands and wild places, for personal growth, or for any number of MCC’s values.  SCLs must be self-motivated and flexible in order to meet the changing needs of the position.

Senior Crew Leaders understand that commitment, flexibility and self-motivation are integral to maintaining the high expectations placed upon them.  They use their training, experience and commitment to facilitate their crew’s development.  They are creative in their approach to problem solving and motivating others, and are invested in the idea that their personal development and growth as a leader are most fully realized when used in service to their crews, their communities and the environment.

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Location: Bozeman, Helena, Kalispell, Missoula, MT
Program Dates: February 3 through November 4, 2020
Living Allowance: $700 biweekly
AmeriCorps Education Award: $6,095 upon completion of the program

The Crew Leader (CL) will assist in 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 motivation and functioning, as well as the delivery of the full range of MCC program components. This is not a 9-5 job, rather a commitment to service and an experience where long hours and extended time away from your home base are to be expected. Serving as a CL at MCC means having passion for service to others, for wild lands and wild places, for personal growth, or for any number of MCC’s values.  Leaders and their crews will camp for most of their term, often times in remote locations in varied terrain and in all weather conditions. Work may include building or maintaining trails, treating or removing invasive species, building fences, operating chainsaws to reduce wildfire risks by thinning trees, among many other types of projects.  Not all CLs will work on all types of projects.  Crews may be deployed for natural disaster relief.  The CL is the primary in-field liaison between regional staff and the on-site project partner or technical advisor, generally an employee of the land management agency or group working with the crew. The CL will also establish and maintain a good working relationship with other partner personnel, Crew Members, MCC staff and volunteers who come into contact with the crew. The CL prioritizes Crew Member development through program delivery, project work, and adherence to MCC policies and procedures.  The CL is entitled to the benefit package offered all AmeriCorps participants. 

Crew Leaders understand that commitment, flexibility and self-motivation are integral to maintaining the high expectations placed upon them.  They use their training, experience and commitment to facilitate their crew’s development.  They are creative in their approach to problem solving and motivating others, and are invested in the idea that their personal development and growth as a leader are most fully realized when used in service to their crews, their communities and the environment.

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Location: Bozeman, Helena, Kalispell, Missoula
Program Dates: May 18 through October 30, 2020
Living Allowance: $580 biweekly
AmeriCorps Education Award: $3,047.50 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. 

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Program Dates: May 18 through August 14, 2020
Living Allowance: $580 biweekly
AmeriCorps Education Award: $1,612.43 upon completion of the program

We have been overwhlemed with the number of applicants for this position. Please check out these other summer positions we have available: WRT Member and Youth Program Leader

The only program being offered for the summer is Resource Conservation. The details are listed below: 

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.

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Location: Bozeman, Helena, Kalispell, MT
Program Dates: August 3 through October 30, 2020
Living Allowance: $580 biweekly
AmeriCorps Education Award: $1,612.43 upon completion of the program

This position is just like the standard Crew Member position, but shorter, taking place in the fall!

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 

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