Rocky Mountain Youth Corps

Hard work, endless learning, Wild Spaces, transforming lives, and building community!

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!

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About Rocky Mountain Youth Corps

Rocky Mountian Youth Corps engages young people in the outdoors, inspiring them to use their strengths and potential to lead healthy, productive lives. Whether serving with the Conservation Corps, Youth Corps, or Natural Resource Internship program, RMYC offers a diverse set of skills and training opportunities including trail work, environmental restoration, historic preservation, wildlife habitat management, invasive species management, wildland fire, and more within land management and natural resource fields. Work alongside the Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and more to complete meaning service aimed at conserving the Rocky Mountian’s public lands. 

We are looking to hire crew leadership positions for adult crews and youth crews. Crew member positions are available as well for both programs- 18+ and under 18. Additionally, RMYC hires internships on a rolling basis. All programs are designed to engage youth and young adults in valuable work experiences within natural resources and land management.  

Positions generally run from April through mid-October with varied start/end dates. Our summer programs fit many school schedules and have the potential to extend into the Fall if there is interest. Compensation varies by position ranging from $525-$900/week for the Conservation Corps and Youth Corps. Lodging, transportation, food, showers, and laundry are provided. Internship opportunities vary in compensation depending on placement and may include additional benefits such as housing and gear stipends. Additionally, RMYC is an AmeriCorps program, and many positions qualify for a Segal Education Award upon completion of the season.

Successful candidates will demonstrate a commitment to service, diversity, self-development, and the team environment. Whether you are looking for a fun summer job, or the next step in your career,  RMYC provides an unforgettable experience filled with growth, adventure, and meaningful work.

Crew members and Internship positions require no prior experience but we ask that all participants remain committed and present every day 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 headfirst. The work is both incredibly rewarding and arduous. The weather can be extremely pleasant or just plain 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 a lot, 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 during the workweek and during their weekends for the Summer Season. During the Fall Season, crews camp together as a crew during the workweek but are on their own during their days off to find housing/camping. Camping during the workweek can take place in both the front-country (camping near a vehicle) and backcountry (hiking a sizable distance from the vehicle) settings.

Food is provided every day, during both the workweek and the weekend for the Summer Season. During the Fall Season, food is provided during the project week but is not provided during your days off away from your crew. In the Summer Season during the weekend, the crew will travel in the company vehicle and camp together to explore and adventure around the state. In the Fall Season during their off time, crew members have the complete freedom to travel and explore the state on their own.

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)
  • Crosscut Saw Training and Certifications (depending on position)
  • Chainsaw Safety 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 (Summer and/or Fall)

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 it is typically cheaper to fly into Denver. 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!

How to Apply

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

Feel free to reach out to our Program Managers via email with any questions!

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