Montana Conservation Corps

Make a positive impact on the climate and environment, gain valuable leadership skills, and explore rugged landscapes while serving with the Montana Conservation Corps!

Montana is filled with opportunities to explore wild and rugged landscapes. Picture yourself serving alongside others from across the country who share a passion for hard work and conservation of wild lands. You will engage in AmeriCorps national service, meaningful career development, and significant work in the great outdoors.

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 inspire young people through hands-on conservation service to be leaders, stewards of the land, and engaged citizens who improve their communities. At MCC, we focus on the growth of our participants, positively impacting our climate and environment, and transferable job skills.  There is no better backdrop for this type of learning experience and personal development than the wilds of Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, and the Dakotas, including: 15 million acres throughout 9 National Forests, 3.5 million acres throughout 15 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.  Our positions provide multiple connections to natural resource agencies, and training on gaining future careers!  If you are looking for something unique, want to address urgent climate change issues, and want to make a positive impact on the environment, then this is the perfect opportunity for you! 

Why Should you Join MCC?

What your day looks like on an MCC Crew

Finding Community @ MCC

Individual Placement Programs

The Employee Experience

The best way for us to describe the experience is through the words of someone who has served with us. Read about Evan Norman, Launch an Environmental Career through Service

Find out which program is right for you, the benefits of service, and how we support you during your time with MCC.

Ideal Candidate

Enthusiasm, excitement, and engagement!!! These three qualities will give you a life-altering experience with our organization.  We are looking for individuals that are committed to personal growth and development, contributing positively to our climate and environment, and have a desire to gain skills for future career paths.  Many of our positions are centered around a crew-based experience; having a desire to be a contributing member of a team is a must.  We want people who have a passion for wild places, and a desire to help their communities! 

Don't have outdoor experience?  No problem!  We can teach you.  Haven't served with a corps program before?  No worries!  Having former corps, trail work, or outdoor experience is not required to become a part of the Montana Conservation Corps!

Room and Board

For much of your season, you will find yourself sleeping in a tent for the majority of the time while on projects. That being said, you will need to find a place to stay for when you are not in your tent.  MCC has housing options available, and our regional staff can help you in your search for adequate housing to meet your needs! 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.

There are SO many benefits to a term of service with MCC (depending on position and crew type): 

  • Education Award Use for student loans, certifications, work trade programs, education expenses, and more

  • Forbearance for certain student loans while serving with AmeriCorps.

  • FREE Health Insurance* (members serving in 675 slots and above)

  • Member Assistance Program (MAP) FREE access to 24/7 behavioral health resources. Also includes financial planning, legal assistance, life coaching, and more! 

  • Living Allowance

  • AmeriCorps Child Care Benefits

  • Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)

  • Meals provided while on projects

  • Access to Pro Deals

  • We provide uniform work shirts and transportation to work sites.

  • Tools and safety gear are covered. Things like hard hat, work gloves, ear protection, safety glasses and group camping gear. We have some items to loan if needed

  • DEI funds to help purchase gear or travel to Montana.

  • Housing Opportunities may be available in certain regions; speak with a Program manager to learn more!

Certifications (Depending on Position and Crew Type):

  • First Aid & CPR

  • Defensive Driving 

  • Chainsaw Certification

  • Crosscut Certification

  • Applicator License 

Training and Opportunities (Depending on Position and Crew Type):

  • Training on Resume Building, Interviewing, and Federal Hiring

  • Hand & Power Tool Use (including chainsaw and crosscut saw)

  • Backcountry Travel & Navigation

  • Trail Maintenance & Construction

  • Leave No Trace

  • Habitat Management & Improvement

  • Learn about natural resource management

  • Develop life skills, work skills, and a strong service ethic

  • Connect with project partners: federal, state, and non-profits for career opportunities

  • Join our network of alumni in natural resource careers all over the country

  • Work in beautiful, wild, and protected places.

  • Work in National Forests, wilderness areas, and National Parks. 

  • Make lasting changes to the environment, climate, and our communities.  Learn more about how your service positively impacts the planet!

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.

Learn more about our communities and transportation on our Regional Office page!

For Fun

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!  Thirty percent of Montana is public land, boasting more than 8 million acres of national forest including 15 specially designated wilderness areas.  Not to mention Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks.  Our landscapes comprise snow capped peaks, wild and scenic rivers, and thousands of species of flora and fauna.  And we don't just work in Montana!  We have projects in Wyoming, Idaho, and the Dakotas.  A term of service with MCC provides an opportunity to explore the vast inner mountain west.  

We have offices in Bozeman, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Click on a community to learn more! No one has it better than us!

How to Apply

Please apply on our website. Our applications are quick and easy,  but please contact us if you have questions!

Contact Montana Conservation Corps