Montana Conservation Corps

At Montana Conservation Corps, we're all about inspiring young people to be engaged citizens who improve their communities. What will you do this year to be an engaged citizen?

Montana is filled with opportunities to explore wild and rugged landscapes. Picture yourself building trails, planting trees in a national park, and giving back to your community.  Your home is a tent for much of the time and meals are shared around camp with fellow crew members. The greatest rewards – and challenges – come from learning how to work as a team with people different fro...

We serve in Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park, every National Forest in Montana, several wilderness areas, surrounding states and their beautiful public lands (ID, WY, ND, SD), and a variety of other publicly owned places (BLM, USFWS, Montana State Parks, NPS, USFS, etc.)

About Montana Conservation Corps

Our mission is to equip young people with the skills and values to be engaged citizens who improve their communities and environment. There is no better backdrop for this type of learning experience and personal development than the wilds of Montana, including: 15 million acres throughout 9 National Forests, 3.5 million acres throughout 16 Wilderness Areas, and Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks.

Join AmeriCorps and become a National Service participant to give back to Montana’s communities and natural lands. You’ll take away a lifetime of memories, career skills, lasting friendships, and the tools to make a difference in your world.

The Employee Experience

The best way for us to describe the experience is through the words of someone who has served with us. Read Jason's story to get a better idea of what we are all about.

Ideal Candidate

Enthusiasm, excitement, and engagement!!! These three qualities will give you a life-altering experience with our organization. You will still need to work hard and have fun also. We have found through 25 years of experience that engaged citizens make happy citizens and that is what we are all about here. We produce engaged citizens which will, in turn, produce healthier and happier communities. 

Room and Board

We do not offer housing for the majority of our positions and the main reason for that is because you will find yourself sleeping in a tent for the majority of the time. How fun!! That being said, you will need to find a place to stay for when you are not in your tent. We can certainly help you find those accommodations! We do provide food for the times you are out on a project so don't worry about that!

Employee Perks

Our tagline says it all: Tools for Living. Experience for Life.  

  • Each participant who completes our program gets an AmeriCorps Education Award to use on student loans or future school costs
  • Our Leaders get access to some of the best Pro Deals on gear 
  • Professional development and leadership skills training for every single person involved
  • Interaction with land management agency professionals (NPS, USFS, BLM, etc.)

Getting Here and Getting Around

We offer serviceships to assist you with travel costs when you first make the trek to Montana.

Once you are here it is your responsibility to commute to the regional office you are working out of. Most of the cities you work in are small enough to walk or bike to work. These communities also have public transportation available if you are not able to bring your own vehicle. Carpooling with your fellow co-workers will most likely be available.

For Fun

Where do we start?! For real though. Montana is one of the recreation capitals of the world! Every community we have an office in has access to hiking, biking, fishing, water activities, skiing, backpacking, culture, history, and so much more!

We have offices in Bozeman, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. No one has it better than us!

Our Jobs

Most of our positions have specific requirements and service dates so check our position listings for more information. 

Blackfeet Crew Leader - AmeriCorps

Northern Rockies Office

Location: Kalispell
Program Dates: February 5 through August 17, 2018
Living Allowance: $631.50 biweekly
AmeriCorps Education Award: $2,907.50 upon completion of the program

The Blackfeet Crew Leader positon is the perfect fit for someone interested in developing their leadership skills, enhancing relationships within the Blackfeet community, and positively impacting young adults and nearby ancestral lands. From leadership training, to community building, to a whole lot of field work, this opportunity offers unique challenges, countless rewards, and the chance to make a difference. As a Blackfeet Crew Leader, you will participate in MCC's Leadership Development Program (LDP), which includes training in communication skills, cultural competency, project management, technical skills (chainsaw use and trail construction!), and much more! You will work with local community organizations, agencies, and educational institutions to build relationships with the Blackfeet community and to recruit members for the Blackfeet YCC program. Oh, and did we mention you'll get to spend tons of time outdoors? That's right, field work is a huge component of this position. As a Blackfeet Crew Leader with MCC, you'll work with a wide array of tribal, federal, and non-profit partners to complete important natural resources management, cultural, and community service projects. 

Leadership Training! You will participate in MCC's Leadership Development Program (LDP) but with a twist. You can expect this version to have similarities to the traditional LDP, like trails training, and saw training, but there will also be several additions to enhance your cultural competency, knowledge of tribal history, and young adult behavior management.

Community Building! You will work with local community organizations, agencies, and educational institutions to build relationships within the Blackfeet community and to recruit members for the summer Blackfeet crew. This aspect of the position will be woven through the LDP.   

Field Work! Upon successful completion of the first two components you and your co-leader will re-locate to Browning, MT, the seat of the Blackfeet Nation, to lead nine weeks of field based projects. As a crew, you’ll work with a variety of tribal, federal and non-profit partners to complete important natural resource management, cultural, and community service projects. Project partners include the Blackfeet Nation, Glacier National Park, the US Forest Service and more.

Apply Online: http://mtcorps.org/join/young-adult-programs/blackfeet-crew-leader

Crew Leader - AmeriCorps

Central Divide Office, Greater Yellowstone Office, Northern Rockies Office, and Western Wildlands Office

Location: Bozeman, Helena, Kalispell, Missoula
Program Dates: February 5 through November 7, 2018
Living Allowance: $631.50 biweekly
AmeriCorps Education Award: $5,815.00 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.

Apply Online: http://mtcorps.org/join/young-adult-programs

Senior Crew Leader - AmeriCorps

Central Divide Office, Greater Yellowstone Office, Northern Rockies Office, and Western Wildlands Office

Location: Bozeman, Helena, Kalispell, Missoula
Program Dates: February 5 through November 7, 2018
Living Allowance: $650.00 biweekly
AmeriCorps Education Award: $5,815.00 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. 

Apply Online: http://mtcorps.org/join/young-adult-programs

Veterans Green Corps Crew Leader - AmeriCorps

Central Divide Office

Location: Helena
Program Dates: February 5 through August 3, 2018
Living Allowance: $631.50 biweekly
AmeriCorps Education Award: $2,907.50 upon completion of the program

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.

Veterans with an honorable discharge or general discharge — under honorable conditions — are encouraged to apply.  Montana Conservation Corps’ Veteran Green Corps program is a VA approved non-college degree (NCD) training program. We also welcome veterans into any of our other programs! 

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 Crew 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. 

Apply Online: http://mtcorps.org/join/opportunities-for-veterans/

Wildland Restoration Team Leader - AmeriCorps

Greater Yellowstone Office and Western Wildlands Office

Location: Bozeman, Missoula
Program Dates: February 5 through November 7, 2018
Living Allowance: $631.50 biweekly
AmeriCorps Education Award: $5,815.00 upon completion of the program

The Wildland Restoration Team Leaders gain valuable, practical, and professional experience in the burgeoning field of ecological restoration. The primary focus of the WRT Leader is the identification, treatment, and inventory of invasive plant species throughout our most iconic and endangered landscapes in the Northern Rockies ecosystem. WRT Leaders become well versed in the identification of both native and invasive plant species, the impacts of invasive species on public lands, and safe and effective methods to treat infestations via chemical, mechanical, and manual methods. Depending on term of service and team placement, additional experience and project work in community-based restoration efforts, stream restoration, water quality monitoring, mapping, and revegetation projects round-out the regional project base. Our Western Wildlands (Missoula) region focuses on backcountry projects in Selway Bitterroot, Frank Church and Scapegoat Wilderness Areas, while our Greater Yellowstone (Bozeman) region works extensively in nearby National Parks, including Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Theodore Roosevelt. 

The Wildland Restoration Team Leader is a solo leadership position, responsible for the development and oversight of three WRT Members, implementation of the MCC mission statement and programmatic objectives, including delivery of our educational curriculum. As a solo leadership experience, the WRT Leader requires a higher level of self-direction and independent decision making ability. WRT Leader responsibilities and professional development opportunities include restoration worksite management, professional herbicide applicator certification, GPS data collection and record keeping, and the maintenance of relationships with project partners, staff, and other professionals in the field. The WRT Leader is supervised regionally by the Wildland Restoration Coordinator, and serve as the primary liaison between regional staff and project partners.

Apply Online: http://mtcorps.org/join/young-adult-programs/wildland-restoration-team

How to Apply

Please apply online using our online application portal. Our applications are quick and easy but please don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions. 

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