Northwest Youth Corps

Empowering the Next Generation

Northwest Youth Corps (NYC) offers a challenging education and job-training experience that helps youth and young adults from diverse backgrounds develop the skills they need to lead full and productive lives. Crews travel across the Northwest, build trails, restore wild places, and much more. Training and camping are provided. If you're interested in the outdoors, come join us.

Eugene, OR; Lake Wenatchee/Tacoma, WA; and Boise, ID. Local housing is not needed; crews camp in tents together for their entire 10-week session. Project locations include national parks, forests, and wilderness areas across each state.

About Northwest Youth Corps

Northwest Youth Corps provides opportunities for youth and young adults to learn, grow, and experience success outside. Our programs focus on education, challenge, community, leadership, and empowerment, and typically include epic outdoor experiences in some of the most wild and scenic places on Earth.

Our programs include residential conservation crews for both youth and young adults, local community crews, community wildfire protection crews, an internship program for college-aged participants, and a fully accredited high school. Currently, we're hiring conservation crew members to camp in the woods together, work on conservation projects, and see the Northwest this spring, summer, and fall.

Many members use this opportunity as a stepping stone towards starting a career in natural resource management, outdoor recreation, forestry, or working for other environmental nonprofits. Others use this work experience as a chance to gain easily transferable job skills, travel to new places, meet new people, and spend weeks immersed in the beautiful nature of the Pacific Northwest. 

The Employee Experience

On a crew, you can expect hands-on training, hard work, and an astounding variety of mountains and forests across the Northwest. We provide hands-on training and experience needed to work on physically challenging conservation projects. Typical projects include tree planting, fuel reduction, invasive plant removal, trail construction, and fencing. Evenings and weekends are spent on related educational and recreational activities like games, hiking, and local attractions. Expect sore muscles, awesome technical skills, solid job references, and an AmeriCorps living allowance and education award.

Ideal Candidate

We're looking for crew members who are motivated to work outside and excel at teamwork. Previous outdoor experience is not necessary, and we've had outstanding crew members who had never pitched a tent before, but you should be prepared to camp in tents for over two months in all weather, work with your hands, and collaborate closely with a small group.

Room and Board

Most crews camp in tents the entire season; camping supplies and food are provided.

Employee Perks

  • Camping and exploring national parks, forests, and monuments
  • Behind-the-scenes interactions and networking with agency staff
  • Eligible for pro deals for outdoor gear

Getting Here and Getting Around

Personal vehicles are not necessary. Crews share a work truck for the season, and our offices are accessible by plane, bus, and sometimes train. We can store vehicles at our office if needed.

For Fun

Each crew has a unique experience, but all of them can expect to spend weeks in the most scenic areas of the Pacific Northwest. Some past destinations include Crater Lake, Mt. Rainier, the Oregon Dunes, Mt. Hood, and more. While you may have the opportunity to visit them briefly, more often you'll spend weeks at a time at places like them. 

How to Apply

Our positions are posted online. The application asks you to create an account, (usually) upload a resume, and answer a short series of questions. You should receive a confirmation email once you apply; if you don't please contact us. Questions are welcome - feel free to send an email!

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