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!

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)

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

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