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 from you.

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. 

Conservation Intern - AmeriCorps

State Headquarters

Location: Varies based on host site placement
Position Dates: Summer Term: 5/16/18 – 8/17/18 OR Extended Term:  5/16/18 – 10/5/18
Living Allowance: $504.00 biweekly

The MCC Conservation Intern works under the supervision of Montana Conservation Corps (MCC) staff and host site supervisors to complete MCC and partner projects.  Primary responsibilities of the position will be determined by individual host sites in collaboration with MCC, and will include assuring the successful completion of natural resource projects, delivery of MCC program components, and maintaining a positive working relationship with host sites, MCC and the public. Conservation Interns are required to participate in all elements of the MCC program to the best of their ability, meet AmeriCorps requirements, and be enrolled as an AmeriCorps member for the duration of the program. Conservation Interns are responsible for keeping host site supervisors and MCC staff informed through daily and bi-weekly paperwork. 

Some Past Host Sites Have Included:

Kootenai National Forest
Gallatin Valley Land Trust
Flathead National Forest
Montana Wilderness Association
Friends of the Missouri Breaks
Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center
BLM Pompeys Pillar
Dakota's Bureau of Reclamation
Custer-Gallatin National Forest

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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

Crew Member - AmeriCorps

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

Location: Bozeman, Helena, Kalispell, Missoula
Program Dates: May 21 through November 2, 2018
Living Allowance: $504.00 biweekly
AmeriCorps Education Award: $2,907.50 upon completion of the program

As a Crew Member with MCC, your home is a tent for much of the time, and meals are shared around camp with your fellow crew members. Guided by graduates of the MCC Leadership Development Program, you’ll serve alongside others from across the country who share your passion for hard work and conservation. Your time with MCC will have a lifelong impact on you and the communities and landscapes you serve.

Throughout your time in the field, you’ll explore and develop within the MCC Program Objectives of communication and team skills, leadership skills, environmental stewardship, technical field skills, and the development of a strong service ethic through your crew interactions, 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.

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Senior Youth Crew Leader - AmeriCorps

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

Location: Bozeman, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula
Program Dates: March 12 through August 17, 2018
Living Allowance: $700.00 biweekly
AmeriCorps Education Award: $2,907.50 upon completion of the program

A Senior Youth Crew Leader has the opportunity to not only impact and interact with youth, but also  to mentor and train other Youth Crew Leaders. Throughout the Leadership Development Program, the SYCL will provide vital support to the  Youth Program Manager and the rest of the staff team,  assisting in technical and fundamental trainings required for the summer field season. The SYCL can also expect to assist with administrative tasks and the recruitment and hiring of the youth members. Throughout the summer the Senior Youth Crew Leader will continue supporting and mentoring the Youth Crew Leaders and Youth Crew Members with field visits and technical assistance on projects. This is a unique and dynamic position where one can grow individually and professionally while working on independent tasks and supporting staff, leaders, and members.

The design of this position is to remain flexible in the changing atmosphere of work. Whether it’s 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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Veterans Green Corps Member - AmeriCorps

Central Divide Office

Location: Helena
Program Dates: May 21 through August 2, 2018
Living Allowance: $650 biweekly
AmeriCorps Education Award: $1,230.69 upon completion of the program

Veterans Green Corps (VGC) Members dedicate a season to addressing a variety of conservation needs. Veterans Green Corps Members work together for the betterment of America's public lands while building on skills in preparation for careers in wildland firefighting and resource management.

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Wildland Restoration Team Member - AmeriCorps

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

Location: Bozeman, Missoula, Kalispell (Summer Only)
Program Dates: May 21 through November 2, 2018 or May 21 through August 17, 2018
Living Allowance: $504.00 biweekly
AmeriCorps Education Award: $2,907.50 or 1,538.36 (depending on term of service) upon completion of the program

The Wildland Restoration Team (WRT) Member gains valuable professional and practical experience in the burgeoning field of ecological restoration.  The primary focus of the WRT is the identification, treatment, and inventory of invasive plant species throughout our most iconic and endangered landscapes in the Northern Rockies and Plains ecosystems utilizing chemical, mechanical, and biological treatment techniques.  This position is supervised by the Wildland Restoration Field Coordinator with support from other regional staff.  This position should be viewed not as a 9-5 job but as an experience where long hours and extended time away from home, often in adverse environmental and weather conditions, are to be expected.  This position will not have recurring access to vulnerable populations.

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Youth Conservation Corps Leader - AmeriCorps

Northern Rockies Office

Location: Kalispell and Missoula
Program Dates: May 21 through August 18, 2018
Living Allowance: $700.00 biweekly
AmeriCorps Education Award: $1,230.69 upon completion of the program

Legislated nationally as a permanent program of the US Forest Service in 1974, the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) engages young people in paid work on needed conservation projects while providing environmental education opportunities that allow them to "learn while they earn."  In 2017, the US Forest Service is partnering with MCC to offer the program by engaging MCC members as Crew Leaders to YCC crews.

Serving as a YCC Leader with MCC will have a lifelong impact not only on you, but also on the communities, landscapes, and teens enrolled in YCC. You’ll discover unexpected abilities in yourself along with the enduring self-confidence to effectively lead young people toward accomplishing even the most challenging tasks. In the end, it is your commitment to serving others, starting with the youth on your crew, that yields the most satisfaction and the greatest enjoyment. 

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Youth Crew Leader - AmeriCorps

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

Location: Bozeman, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula
Program Dates: April 23 through August 15, 2018
Living Allowance: $700.00 biweekly
AmeriCorps Education Award: $2,215.24 upon completion of the program

A Youth Crew Leader Positon is the perfect fit for someone searching for a meaningful position that positively impacts middle and high school age youth, local communities, and nearby public lands. 

In the Spring, Youth Crew Leaders will receive seven intensive weeks of training, covering topics such as conflict resolution, communication, and facilitation, as well as trail work, tool use and maintenance, backcountry travel, and other technical skills.  During the spring, Youth Crew Leaders will also have the opportunity to recruit for youth in local high schools, work directly with youth on various service projects, and develop positive and productive co-leading relationships.  During the summer, co-leading pairs will lead a crew of 6-7 local high school or middle school age participants on a variety of conservation based projects, from trail work to fencing to campground and fire lookout maintenance to wildlife surveys.  Throughout the summer, leaders will facilitate MCC’s Positive Youth Development based education curriculum while teaching and upholding high expectations for work ethic and work standards.  Youth Crew Leaders will camp and work remotely with their crews for 1-4 weeks at a time.

This summer, hone your leadership and hands-on conservation skills, make a real difference, and have a blast exploring Montana’s wild lands. 

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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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