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: Kalispell
Program Dates: August 5 through November 1, 2019
Living Allowance: $504.00 biweekly
AmeriCorps Education Award: $1,538.36 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 

Applications are still being accepted and will continue to be accepted until all positions are filled!

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Location: Bozeman
Program Dates: August 12 through November 1, 2019
Living Allowance: $504.00 biweekly
AmeriCorps Education Award: $1,538.36 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

Applications are still being accepted and will continue to be accepted until all positions are filled!

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Location: Missoula
Program Dates: August 12 through November 1, 2019
Living Allowance: $504.00 biweekly
AmeriCorps Education Award: $1,538.36 upon completion of the program

This position involves fuels reduction work in the greater Missoula area.  Crew members must make their own local housing arrangements as this crew will not be camping.

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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. 

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Location: Bozeman, Helena, Kalispell, Missoula
Program Dates: February 4 through November 6, 2019
Living Allowance: $686.60 biweekly
AmeriCorps Education Award: $5,920.00 upon completion of the program

A Crew Leader’s term of service has two distinct pieces: leadership development and leading their own crew. During the Leadership Development Program the Crew Leaders operate as their own crew. They learn and grow individually, produce strong bonds, develop running jokes and create high expectations for quality work. Midway through the spring they are paired with a co-leader and practice these new skills leading their peer group on various projects. During this time they gain valuable skills to prepare for leading and training their own crew.

By the end of May the Crew Leaders begin their field season and start mentoring the members of their own crew. Whether it’s clearing downed trees with a chainsaw, building a new trail in the deep wilderness, or restoring sage grouse habitat on the eastern plains; crews complete projects of all sorts in every type of Western landscape. Although our participants spend most of their time outside and living in a tent, they will get involved in their local communities by finding volunteer opportunities and attending public meetings. Joining MCC is not a job – it’s a serious commitment to service and an opportunity to immerse oneself in a diverse experience.

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Location: Bozeman, Helena, Kalispell, Missoula
Program Dates: February 4 through November 6, 2019
Living Allowance: $710.00 biweekly
AmeriCorps Education Award: $5,920.00 upon completion of the program

A Senior Crew Leader’s term of service provides the opportunity to explore different roles and responsibilities within the organization. During the Leadership Development Program the Senior Crew Leader supports regional staff in training Field and Youth Crew Leaders with the technical and fundamental skills required for their field season. Throughout the summer and fall the Senior Crew Leader is there to continue to support leaders as they reach project goals, and mentor crew members through the program. It is a unique position where one can grow individually and professionally while working on independent tasks and supporting staff.

The design of this position is to remain flexible in the changing atmosphere of work. Whether it’s clearing downed trees with a chainsaw, coordinating with other groups for volunteer opportunities, building a new trail in the deep wilderness, assisting with regional inventory, teaching a group of youth during an afterschool program or restoring sage grouse habitat on the eastern plains; this leader completes projects of all sorts. Joining MCC is not a job – it’s a serious commitment to service and an opportunity to immerse oneself in a diverse experience. 

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Location: Helena
Program Dates: February 4 through November 6, 2019
Living Allowance: $686.60 biweekly
AmeriCorps Education Award: $5,920.00 upon completion of the program

The Chainsaw Field 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 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, oftentimes in remote locations in varied terrain and in all weather conditions. With a primary focus on operating chainsaws to reduce wildfire risks by thinning trees, other work may include building or maintaining trails, treating or removing invasive species and building fences.

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Program Dates: May 20 through August 16, 2019
Living Allowance: $504.00 biweekly
AmeriCorps Education Award: $1,252.91 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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