Rocky Mountain Youth Corps

Hard work, endless learning, wild Spaces, transforming lives, and building communities!

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps engages young people in the outdoors, inspiring them to use their strengths and potential to lead healthy, productive lives. We teach responsibility for self, community and environment through teamwork, service and experiential education.

RMYC's home base is in Steamboat Springs, CO and has crews and internship positions that operate all over Colorado, Wyoming, and parts of Utah. Get ready to live and work amidst sub-alpine forests, high desert, snowy peaks, rocky canyons, lush valleys and more!

About Rocky Mountain Youth Corps

RMYC offers a diverse set of hard skills training opportunities including trail work, chainsaw use, environmental restoration, historic preservation, and wildland fire control. Being part of an RMYC crew involves spending a season living and working with a team of 8-10 people and completing meaningful conservation projects throughout northwest Colorado and Wyoming. Corps members live and work together 24/7 in a camping environment, completing priority conservation projects during the week, and exploring the beautiful outdoor spaces of the Rocky Mountains on the weekends. Participation involves hard work in tough conditions, but makes for amazing memories and experiences.

Programs run with varying start and completion dates from Early May through Mid October (weather dependent!). Our summer programs fit many school schedules and have the potential to extend into the Fall if there is interest. Most participants receive a weekly stipend, food provided, and a Segal Americorps Education Award (upon successful completion of your term of service).

Crew member and Internship positions require no prior experience but we ask that all participants remain committed and present everyday for the duration of their service. Those with prior education, leadership, or conservation experience are encouraged to apply for our Crew Leader and Assistant Crew Leader positions for both our youth and adult programs. 

Ideal Candidate

Not super outdoorsy? Never done manual labor? Not sure if conservation and natural resource management is the career path for you? That's okay! We are looking for individuals who are willing to dive in head first. The work is both incredibly rewarding and arduous. The weather can be extremely pleasant or just extreme. The views are endless, the days are long, the mornings are early and you will always have your crew right there with you when you get out of your tent each day to work, cook, and adventure side by side. If you are ready to harness your willpower, push yourself get a little dirty, sweat alot, learn new skills, explore new wild places, and build friendships and memories that will last a lifetime, then this is the experience for you!

Room and Board

RMYC crews camp as a group for the entirety of the season both during the work week and during their weekends. Camping during the work week can take place in both front country (camping near a vehicle) and back country (hiking a sizable distance from the vehicle) settings. Food is provided every day, during both the work week and the weekend. During the weekend the crew will travel and camp together to explore and adventure around the state.

Employee Perks

-Weekly Stipend

-All Meals Provided

-Segal Americorps Education Award (upon successful completion of term, depending on position)

-Technical Skills Training

-Medical Training and Certifications (depending on position)

-S212 Chainsaw Training and Certification (depending on position)

-Wildland Fire Trainings and Certifications (depending on position)

-Weekend Travel in Company Vehicle to Explore the Rockies

-Short and Long Term Positions

Getting Here and Getting Around

Steamboat Springs is located away from the main interstates. Situated in the beautiful Yampa Valley of Northern Colorado, the drive over several mountain passes is about 3 to 3 1/2 hours from the Denver Airport. There is also a local airport just outside of town but typically it is not financially practical to fly directly into town. There are few shuttles and buses that make regular trips to Steamboat from the Denver area. Travel expenses to arrive in Steamboat Springs at the beginning of the season are not included.

For Fun

Crews will engage in regular weekend educational and recreational activities and travel. Hiking mountains, taking a dip in the creek, exploring canyons, and more await you!

Our Jobs

NOW HIRING for the 2018 season!

  • Leadership positions available: 
    • Field Coordinators
    • ​Conservation Corps Crew Leaders and Assistant Crew Leaders
      • Trail Crew
      • Chainsaw Crew
      • Fire Crew
    • Youth Crew Leaders and Assistant Crew Leaders
      • Service Learning Crew (crew age 11-13)
      • Community Development Crew (crew age 14-15 in Steamboat, 14-17 regionally)
      • Regional Service Crew (crew age 16-18)
  • Conservation Corps Crew Member Positions:
    • Trail Crew (Summer and Long Term)
    • Chainsaw Crew (Summer)
    • Fire Crew (Long Term)

Scroll down for more details and links to the applications!

Conservation Corps

Conservation Corps Assistant Crew Leader

Steamboat Springs

Crew Types

  • Trail Crew - 18-25 year old crew members 
  • Chainsaw Crew - 18-25 year old crew members
  • Wildland Fire Crew - 18-25 year old crew members
*If interested in leading an under 18 crew, check out our Youth programs
*Age cap for members flexible in some circumstances

Dates

  • May 11th - Aug 10th or early/mid October

Compensation

  • Weekly living stipend of $393 per week

Registration Fee

  • RMYC collects a onetime $75 registration fee to cover administrative costs. You have the choice to pay this fee with check/cash or you can opt to have it paid out of your first full two-week paycheck.

Americorps Benefits

  • May 11th -Aug 10th : $1538 AmeriCorps Ed Award (450 hour term)
  • May 11th -early Oct: $2,907. AmeriCorps Ed Award (900 hour term) or $2,215 (675 hour term)
*Upon successful completion of the season

Other Benefits

  • All food is provided (24/7)
  • Lodging (Camping!)
  • Transportation
  • Recreational and educational opportunities
  • Technical training and certifications (specifics dependent upon crew specialty)

*Crew Leaders are not eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award due to the
supervisory nature of the crew leader position.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform duties expected of any corps member including conservation service, meal preparation, cleanup/setup, and other day-to- day duties
  • Plan, organize and facilitate Seed educational activities that meet the diverse needs of assigned crew
  • Document education activities utilizing curriculum logs and other RMYC report forms
  • Be prepared to assume responsibility for Crew Members on the project site as directed by the Crew Leader
  • Assist the Crew Leader in overseeing base camp operations including camp set-up, vehicle maintenance, camp hygiene, and all other elements involved with adherence to RMYC policy
  • Manage nutrition planning, including: coordinating menus and purchasing food and supplies
  • Participate in RMYC Assistant Crew Leader training
  • Support RMYC staff and project sponsors as necessary during service hours
  • Adhere to and enforce rules and regulations as specified in the RMYC Handbook
  • Transport crew safely in RMYC 12-passenger vans or other vehicles
  • Member must not engage in any prohibited activities as listed in the AmeriCorps Member Service Agreement.

Qualifications

  • Minimum age: 21 years old with good driving record
  • Experience with national or community service a plus
  • High School diploma or GED
  • Preferred: Bachelor’s Degree or pursuing BA in natural resources, education or related field
  • Experience serving with people ages 18-25 years
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Exceptional skills and knowledge of environmental science and related topics, as well as the ability to facilitate/train others
  • Ability to serve independently, but also collectively in a group setting
  • Self-motivated, confident, open-minded, and strong ability to serve with a diverse group of people
  • Ability to camp and serve in a variety of weather conditions
  • Physical ability to serve outside for 8-10 hours a day swinging a hand tool or using a chainsaw
  • Some technical skills including camping experience, previous conservation service, knowledge of associated tools, etc preferred
  • Must be physically fit, able to lift 50 lbs., and able to hike between 7-10 miles
  • Frequently required to walk, hike, sit and talk or listen
  • Pre-service background screening required including FBI background check
  • Must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States

CLICK HERE TO APPLY NOW

Conservation Corps

Conservation Corps Crew Leader

Steamboat Springs

Crew Types

  • Trail Crew - 18-25 year old crew members 
  • Chainsaw Crew - 18-25 year old crew members
  • Wildland Fire Crew - 18-25 year old crew members
*If interested in leading an under 18 crew, check out our Youth programs
*Age cap for members flexible in some circumstances

Dates

  • May 11th - Aug 10th. 
*Fall Season opportunities may exist. Opportunities include leading a
Fall Crew session (Aug 17th - Mid Oct) or working as a Camp or Resource
Specialist with RMYC’s Yampa Valley Science School Program (Aug 22nd(ish) – End
of September).

Compensation

  • $550- $590/week

Registration Fee

  • RMYC collects a onetime $75 registration fee to cover administrative costs. You have the choice to pay this fee with check/cash or you can opt to have it paid out of your first full two-week paycheck.

Other Benefits

  • All food is provided (24/7)
  • Lodging (Camping!)
  • Transportation
  • Recreational and educational opportunities
  • Technical training and certifications (specifics dependent upon crew specialty)
*Crew Leaders are not eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award due to the
supervisory nature of the crew leader position.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership and supervision to a crew of 6-8 crew members (18-25 years old) in all day to day activities on the work site and around camp
  • Support the physical and emotional well being of the crew members and assistant crew leader
  • Participate in pre-season preparation and post session clean-up and debriefing
  • Complete professional documentation of daily and weekly documentation of crew work and activities, time sheets, mid season and end of season evaluations, etc.
  • Oversee base camp operations including camp set-up, vehicle maintenance, camp hygiene, and all other elements involved with adherence to RMYC policy
  • Coordinate projects and logistics with RMYC Staff and project sponsor
  • Report regularly to Field Coordinator (supervisor)
  • Plan, organize and facilitate supplemental training and education activities
  • Perform duties expected of any corps member including trail work, meal preparation, cleanup/setup, and other day-to- day duties
  • Plan and coordinate approval of crew recreational activities and travel with program director
  • Conduct routine vehicle/driver, camp and project safety audits to uphold the RMYC risk management program
  • Manage petty cash, gas cards and food budget
  • Transport crew safely in RMYC’s 12-passenger vans or other vehicles
  • Participate in RMYC Crew Leader training workshops, field training and mid session training.
  • Adhere to and enforce rules and regulations as specified in the RMYC Employee Guidelines Handbook

Qualifications

  • Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and Adult CPR certification is required (current through your RMYC term)
  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Leadership experience, preferably with young adults, required
  • Previous conservation experience required. Conservation/Youth Corps experience preferred
  • Ability to camp and work in a variety of weather conditions
  • Physical ability to work outside for 8-10 hours a day swinging a hand tool or using a chainsaw
  • Familiarity with basic conservation and camping skills, including tool maintenance and leave no trace practices
  • Knowledge of Corps model; ability and desire to implement RMYC policies and procedures
  • Proficiency in low-impact camping techniques
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to work independently but also collectively, self-motivated, confident, flexible, and open-minded
  • Ability to clearly and effectively communicate in a written and oral manner
  • Appropriate risk management skills
  • Frequently required to walk, hike, sit and talk or listen
  • Good driving record
  • High School diploma or GED required. Relevant Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • Pre-service background screening required including FBI background check
  • Must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States

CLICK HERE TO APPLY NOW

Conservation Corps

Conservation Corps Member

Steamboat Springs

Crews:

  • Trail Crew 18-25+ years (Nationwide residents)
  • Fire Crew 18-25+ years (Nationwide residents)
  • Chainsaw Crew 18-25+ years (Nationwide residents)
*18-25 is our required age range per grant requirements but some exceptions can be made if you are over the cap.
 

Session Dates:

  • Trail Crew Summer Session: Jun 1st- Aug 10th
  • Trail Crew Fall Season: Aug 17th- Mid Oct
  • Saw Crew Summer Session: May 25th (Tentative start) - Aug 10th
  • Fire Crew Longterm Session: May 25th (tentative start) - Late Sep or Mid Oct
  • Trail Crew Longterm Session: Jun 1st - Late Sep/Mid Oct
*Extension into the Fall after initially committing to a Summer session is possible but not guaranteed.  

 

Stipend:

  • Weekly living stipend of $373

Registration Fee:

  • RMYC collects a one time $75 registration fee to cover administrative costs. You have the choice to pay this fee with check/cash or you can opt to have it paid out of your first, full, two-week paycheck.  

AmeriCorps Benefits:

  • Members may be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of the season. RMYC offers 300 hour, 450 hour and 675 hour terms of service. Education awards range from $1230 to $2,215 upon successful completion of the season.

Plus:

  • Lodging (camping!), transportation for the duration of the season, recreational/educational opportunities, Technical/medical trainings/certifications depending on crew type and all food is provided for the duration of the season.
     

 Essential Position Functions:

  • Ability to live and serve closely with a diverse group of people for 10 weeks in a 24/7 setting

  • Physical ability to serve outside for 8-10 hours a day swinging a hand tool or using a chainsaw (No prior experience is required)

  • The position requires extensive bending, lifting, pushing, stooping, carrying and other heavy physical labor for extended periods of time

  • To maximize the “wilderness experience,” the use of technology is regulated during the week

  • Rocky Mountain Youth Corps’ programs are drug, alcohol and tobacco free

  • Corps members may be required to carry a backpack with personal and/or group equipment and tools for extended periods of time or long distances

  • The nature of the environment requires that corps members utilize appropriate safety equipment such as leather gloves, hard hat, long pants, and protective glasses

  • Must adhere to the rules and regulations of RMYC and AmeriCorps

  • Member must not engage in any prohibited activities as listed in the AmeriCorps Member Service Agreement

Qualifications:

  • Motivation, a positive attitude, and a general interest in conservation service

  • Ability to sleep in a tent and serve all summer in a variety of weather conditions (rain, snow, sleet, and hail!)

  • Ability to commit to a full summer (10 weeks) with RMYC

  • Frequently required to walk, hike, sit and talk or listen

  • Must be physically fit, able to lift 50 lbs., and able to hike between 7-10 miles

  • Pre-service background screening required including FBI background check

  • Must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States

  • Must be between the ages of 18-25

CLICK HERE TO READ FULL POSITION DESCRIPTION AND APPLY NOW

 

All Programs

Field Coordinator

Steamboat Springs

Dates

  • Apr 30th - Mid Oct

*Summer season ends Mid-August. Fall opportunities include continuing to Field Coordinate for our Fall Season Conservation Corps OR working as a Camp/Resource Specialist for our Yampa Valley Science School program.

 

Compensation

  • $600-640/week

Plus

  • Food allowance
  • Lodging (we have a heated wall tent, access to a full kitchen and shower facilities on the RMYC campus)
  • Transportation
  • Recreation and education opportunities.
*Field Coordinators are not eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award due to the
supervisory nature of the crew leader position.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist with pre-season training for Crew Leaders and Assistant Leaders
  • Assist with pre-season set up and packing and coordination of gear
  • Directly supervise crews in the field.
  • Model appropriate judgment and leadership skills for leaders, assistant leaders, and crew members
  • Remain in the field for a significant amount of time providing constant logistical support for crews
  • Serve as Crew Leader (with a crew 24/7) as needed
  • Conduct regular meetings with Crew Leaders (and other corps members as necessary)
  • Collect paperwork from crews to be turned into RMYC Admin Staff
  • Distribute tools, crew gear, and paperwork to crews as needed
  • Report regularly to the RMYC Admin staff
  • Support the physical and emotional well being of all corps members
  • Maintain schedule of crew visits and provide crew member transportation between crew visits as needed
  • Plan, organize and facilitate supplemental training and education activities
  • Perform duties expected of any corps member including trail work, meal preparation, cleanup/setup, and other day-to-day duties while on crew
  • Plan and coordinate approval of crew recreational activities and travel with Director of Personnel
  • Participate and help facilitate training workshops, field training and mid-session training
  • Adhere to and enforce rules and regulations as specified in the RMYC Employee Guidelines Handbook
  • Uphold and enforce RMYC policies and regulations

Qualifications

  • Wilderness First Responder and Adult CPR certification required (or more advanced certifications)
  • Previous Corps leadership experience preferred
  • Familiarity with corps model and conservation skills
  • Strong background in trail construction and maintenance techniques
  • Knowledge and ability to use a chainsaw preferred
  • Leadership experience with young adults ages 16-25
  • Sound judgment and ability to model and implement RMYC policies and procedures
  • Proficiency in low impact camping techniques
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to work independently, self-motivated and confident
  • Ability to clearly and effectively communicate written and orally
  • Appropriate risk management skills
  • Clean driving record (Driver’s License background check required)
  • Pre-service background screening required including FBI background check
  • Must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States
  • High School diploma or GED required. Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • Ability to meet physical and work environment demands of the position
  • Must be at least 21 years old (RMYC driving insurance policy)

CLICK HERE TO SEE FULL POSITION DESCRIPTION AND APPLY NOW

Youth Corps

Youth Programs Assistant Crew Leader

Steamboat Springs

Crew Types

  • Yampa Valley Service Learning Crew (SLC) – participants age 11-13
  • Yampa Valley Community Development Crew (CDC) – participants age 14-15
  • Regional Service Crew (RSC) – participants age 16-18
  • Regional SLC & CDC – participants ages 10-16 (various communities across NW Colorado)

Dates

  • SLC tentative program dates May 23rd – Aug 18th
  • CDC tentative program dates May 11th – Aug 18th
  • RSC tentative program dates May 11th – Aug 18th
  • YEP tentative program dates May 11th – Aug 18th
*All Youth Programs OFF June 30th – 4th
*Youth Programs Rendezvous/Mid-season training July 5th -8th

Compensation

  • $433/week living stipend

Americorps Benefits

  • CDC & RSC - $1493 AmeriCorps Education Award (450 hour term)
    (Upon successful completion of the season)

Other Benefits

  • Food while camping with crew
  • transportation
  • recreational and educational opportunities
  • Opportunity to receive a Wilderness First Aid Certification

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Mentor and serve alongside of a crew of 8-16 crew members (depending on which crew) in all day-to- day activities, on the project site and around camp
  • Support the physical and emotional wellbeing of the crew members
  • Participate in RMYC Crew Leader training, field training and mid-session training (Youth Programs Rendezvous) and post session de-rigging/inventory and debriefing
  • Assist with transporting crew safely in RMYC’s 12/15-passenger vans or other vehicles
  • Assist with daily and weekly documentation of crew service and activities, time spent serving, assist with mid-season and end of season evaluations, etc.
  • Assist with overseeing base camp operations including camp set-up, vehicle maintenance, camp hygiene and all other elements involved with adherence to RMYC policy
  • Assist Crew Leader with project logistics
  • Report regularly to Crew Leader, Field Coordinator and Program Manager
  • Co-facilitate Seed Curriculum/Evidence Based curriculum - required educational activities
  • Co-facilitate weekly or weekend recreational opportunities in conjunction with daily schedule
  • Perform duties expected of any corps member including trail/service, meal preparation, cleanup/setup, and other day-to- day duties
  • Conduct routine vehicle/driver, camp and project safety audits to uphold the RMYC risk management program
  • Adhere to and enforce rules and regulations as specified in the RMYC Employee Guidelines Handbook

Qualifications

  • Must be 21 years old – insurance policy for driving
  • Leadership experience with youth age 10-18 is preferred
  • Conservation/Youth Corps experience preferred
  • Ability to camp and live in a variety of weather conditions
  • Physical ability to be on your feet and serve outside for 8-10 hours a day
  • Familiarity with basic conservation and camping skills, including leave no trace practices
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to live independently but also collectively, self-motivated, confident, flexible, and open-minded
  • Ability to clearly and effectively communicate in a written and oral manner
  • Appropriate risk management skills
  • Wilderness First Aid (WFA) preferred
  • Good driving record (Crew leaders must provide driving reports from DMV)
  • High School diploma or GED required – relevant Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • Pre-service background screening required including FBI background check
  • Must be able to provide proof of eligibility in the United States

CLICK HERE TO SEE FULL POSITION DESCRIPTION AND APPLY NOW

Youth Corps

Youth Programs Crew Leader

Steamboat Springs

Crew Types

  • Yampa Valley Service Learning Crew (SLC) – participants age 11-13
  • Yampa Valley Community Development Crew (CDC) – participants age 14-15
  • Regional Service Crew (RSC) – participants age 16-18
  • Regional SLC & CDC – participants ages 10-16 (various communities across NW Colorado)

Dates

  • SLC tentative program dates May 23rd – Aug 18th
  • CDC tentative program dates May 11th – Aug 18th
  • RSC tentative program dates May 11th – Aug 18th
  • YEP tentative program dates May 11th – Aug 18th
*All Youth Programs OFF June 30th – 4th
*Youth Programs Rendezvous/Mid-season training July 5th -8th

Compensation

  • SLC - $480-$530/week depending on experience
  • CDC - $500-$550/week depending on experience
  • RSC - $550-$590/week depending on experience

Other Benefits

  • Food while camping with crew
  • transportation
  • recreational and educational opportunities

Required Certifications

  • CDC & RSC Crew Leaders are required to hold a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) & CPR certifications.
  • SLC Leaders required to have a Wilderness First Aid & CPR certification.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Mentor and serve alongside of a crew of 8-16 crew members (depending on which crew) in all day to day activities, on the project site and around camp
  • Support the physical and emotional well being of the crew members and assistant crew leader
  • Participate in RMYC Crew Leader training workshops, field training and mid-session training (Youth Programs Rendezvous) and post session de-rigging/inventory and debriefing
  • Transport crew safely in RMYC’s 12/15-passenger vans or other vehicles
  • Complete daily and weekly documentation of crew service and activities, time spent serving, assist with mid-season and end of season evaluations, etc.
  • Oversee base camp operations including camp set-up, vehicle maintenance, camp hygiene and all other elements involved with adherence to RMYC policy
  • Coordinate projects and logistics with RMYC Staff, Field Coordinator and Project Partners
  • Report regularly to the Field Coordinator and Program Manager
  • Facilitate Seed Curriculum/Evidence Based curriculum - required educational activities
  • Facilitate and manage weekly or weekend recreational opportunities in conjunction with daily schedule, Program Manager and Field Coordinator
  • Manage credit card, petty cash, gas cards and food budget
  • Perform duties expected of any corps member including trail/service work, meal preparation, cleanup/setup, and other day to day duties
  • Conduct routine vehicle/driver, camp and project safety audits to uphold the RMYC risk management program
  • Adhere to and enforce rules and regulations as specified in the RMYC Employee Guidelines Handbook

Qualifications

  • Must be 21 years old – insurance policy for driving
  • Leadership experience with youth age 10-18 is required
  • Conservation/Youth Corps experience preferred
  • Ability to camp and serve in a variety of weather conditions
  • Physical ability to be on your feet and serve outside for 8-10 hours a day
  • Familiarity with basic conservation and camping skills, including leave no trace practices
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to work independently but also collectively, self-motivated, confident, flexible, and open-minded
  • Ability to clearly and effectively communicate in a written and oral manner
  • Appropriate risk management skills
  • Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and CPR certification is required (current through your RMYC term)
  • Good driving record (Crew leaders must provide driving reports from DMV)
  • High School diploma or GED required – relevant Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • Pre-service background screening required including FBI background check
  • Must be able to legally employed in the United States

CLICK HERE TO SEE FULL POSITION DESCRIPTION AND APPLY NOW

How to Apply

Please visit the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps website for more information on specific programs and to apply for available positions. 

For specific questions please reach out to

Lauren VandenHurk - Regional Youth Program Manager ( Regional Youth Leadership Positions)

lauren@rockymountainyouthcorps.com

Rob Duddy - Conservation Corps Program Manager (Adult Crew Member and Leadership Positions)

rduddy@rockymountainyouthcorps.com

Lauren Glass - Yampa Valley Youth Program Manager (Local Youth Leadership Positions)

lglass@rockymountainyouthcorps.com