Texas Conservation Corps

Trail Work
Guadalupe Mountains
Virgin Islands Deployment
Clearing a trail

Work to improve public lands throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana!

Learn the ins and outs of conservation work while working on public land! Whether it's a city park or a National Forest, our members get to wake up with birds chirping and go to sleep surrounded by beautiful sunsets. Whether you're looking for a career in conservation or a short term adventure, you'll come out with an experience you'll remember for the rest of your life!

Texas Conservation Corps has crew member positions based in Austin or Houston, Texas. We also have several Individual Placement positions across Texas.

About Texas Conservation Corps

Our Conservation & Disaster Crews serve throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Join a crew and help improve public lands for the community and wildlife!

Crews go through a 3-week orientation where they'll gain hard skills, soft skills, and a Wilderness First Aid certification. No experience is necessary, we'll teach you everything you need to know!

We work with a wide variety of non-profit, city, county, state, and federal entities. One week you may be working in a city nature preserve in Austin, the next at Big Bend National Park! For local projects, crews work a Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm schedule, with the weekend off. For hitches, out of town projects where you camp, our crews camp for 10 days at a time, and have 4 days off. Check out our Schedules & Hitch page for more info!

Projects are all focused on improving or maintaining public lands: fire fuels mitigation, trail maintenance, habitat restoration or invasive species management. Most of our crews remain on call for local and national disasters and are able to deploy at short notice for up to 30 or 60 days. This year we've responded to flooding in Texas, and Hurricanes Maria & Michael. 

Our members get to wake up with birds chirping and go to sleep surrounded by beautiful sunsets. The work is often in some of the most breathtaking and peaceful settings outside. Whether you're looking for a career in conservation or a short term adventure, you'll come out with an experience you'll remember for the rest of your life!

The Employee Experience

Quotes from our Alumni!

  • "I learned that 6 months can really feel like a blink of an eye. That days where the work felt hard and overwhelming could easily be conquered by effort and determination. Especially when you had some of the greatest crew-mates to ever exist. That the end results made your hard-work, sweat, and maybe even tears, worth it. That you will meet people who are different from yourself, and they will teach you more in 6 months than you felt you've learned in years. That you are capable of anything you set your mind to whether it's climbing up a mountain with 45, or 75 pounds, of weight on your back, felling trees that tower above you, or spending hours in the hot Texas sun making sure you rake several tons of DG just right to get a trail ADA certified. That given the right environment and coworkers, you can watch your personal growth skyrocket. That you can finally feel proud of what you're doing, and who you're helping." -Maranda, Conservation & Disaster Crew Spring 2018
  • "The project out at Tyler State Park was long, tedious, and time-consuming, but something for all of us on TAT to be proud of. Despite not finishing any of the bridges completely, we did the work that needed to be done to ensure that they could be finished by the next crew. Now, we can go back in a year and look at the bridges that'll be finished by the next TAT crew and reminisce on the hard work we put into each and every one of them. Hopefully, our new trail reroute will be used for the next 80 years, just like the original one put in by the CCC back in the 30s." -Hayden, Trails Across Texas Crew Spring 2017
  • During our disaster deployments post hurricanes, Irma and Maria, we laughed, cried, and sweat together as we experienced some of the most emotionally and physically tolling work I’ve ever been a part of. It’s amazing to have a team who works hard no matter what the circumstances, and who are there no matter what I go through. I’m more confident in myself and my abilities because of everything I’ve learned from my team." -Emily, Conservation & Disaster Crew September 2017 - July 2018
  • "Being on a Disaster Crew with the Texas Conservation Corps has allowed me to gain many valuable skills in many different fields. Things like getting ATV certified, learning how to operate a chainsaw, skid steer, and forklift, and acting as Planning Chief on a deployment to the U.S. Virgin Islands. Every new hitch is a new opportunity to pick up a new skill." -Devin, Conservation & Disaster Crew September 2017 - July 2018

Read more: Conservation Corps of American YouthWorks Blog

Ideal Candidate

No experience is necessary for our program. Our goal is to create teams of diverse members. From little to no camping experience to experienced backpackers. Or a recent high school graduate on a crew with someone who has finished college. We love our members having the chance to learn and grow. 

To be successful in our program, we expect crew members to:

  • Commit to being on a crew
  • Commit to serving the whole term
  • Have a desire to learn new skills
  • Be flexible with changing schedules or projects
  • Willing to camp for up to 10 days in a row
  • Willing to deploy to a disaster for up to 30 or 60 days (unless on a Trail Crew or Harvey Strike Team)

Room and Board

Texas Conservation Corps does not provide housing. We do provide resources and access to housing networks. 

Each crew has a dedicated van and trailer they take to projects, Crew Leaders are responsible for transporting their crew to the project sites. We provide all the kitchen equipment you'll need while on hitch (out of town camping trip where you'll do project work for 10 days). TxCC also provides a budget for a crew to purchase groceries while on hitch. 

Employee Perks

  • AmeriCorps Education Award - can be used to go to specific schools or repay qualifying student loans.
    • $6,095.00 for a 1700 hour term (11 months)
    • $3,047.50 for a 900-hour term (6 months)
    • $1,289.95 for a 300-hour term (3 months – Summer Crew)
  • Student Loan Deferment
  • CPR Certification
  • Wilderness First Aid Certification
  • FEMA Certifications
  • Free Health Insurance (for 6 & 11-month terms)
  • Technical Skills Training
  • Fundamental Skills Training

Getting Here and Getting Around

Members are responsible for their own transportation to the office, from there they will be transported to projects in TxCC vans. Public transportation is available in Austin and Houston, and most members are qualified to receive free 30-day bus passes from the program. 

For Fun

We have two sites in Texas: Austin & Houston

Austin - Live Music Capital of the World! So much to do and see throughout the city: museums, parks, greenbelts, and attempt to Texas two-step while you're out seeing live music. Grab a breakfast taco, our specialty, and enjoy your time off exploring the Capitol of Texas. There are nature preserves, county parks, state parks, and a National Wildlife Refuge nearby. 

Houston - Named after the former General Sam Houston, the city was founded in 1836 at the confluence of Buffalo Bayou and White Oak Bayou. Houston's waterways are what makes the city so unique, flowing towards the Galveston Bay and into the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy your time off exploring a culturally diverse city filled with amazing restaurants featured on Anthony Bourdain's "Parts Unknown", museum and theater districts and NASA's Johnson Space Center, where the Mission Control Center is located. Within an hour in any direction you will find wildlife refuges and sanctuaries that provide coastal marsh and prairie land habitat to a wide variety of aquatic and terrestrial wildlife. 

How to Apply

  • Visit AmericanYouthWorks.org/TxCC
  • Fill out an application
  • Receive an "Application Received" email giving a time frame of when to expect a call
  • Receive call to schedule a phone interview
  • Receive decision within two weeks of the interview

Contact Texas Conservation Corps