GAIN PROFESSIONAL JOB SKILLS, CONTRIBUTE TO CLIMATE RESILIENCE, AND LAUNCH YOUR NATURAL RESOURCE CAREER!
At MCC, we focus on the growth of our participants, positively impacting our climate and environment, and transferable job skills. Crew Leaders and their crews will camp while working on physically demanding and essential natural resource and conservation projects on some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the Northern Rockies and Plains. Our crew leaders go through a leadership development program crafted over two decades to enhance their confidence, resilience, and technical capabilities. Wildland Restoration Teams participate in a variety of innovative wetlands and habitat restoration projects, including managing invasive plants through herbicide application, seed collection, and various mesic restoration techniques including beaver mimicry and in-stream beaver-dam analog construction, a simple, effective, and non-invasive approach to riparian restoration. Projects are often rigorous, requiring participants to carry a heavy backpack sprayer and working in hot weather across rugged terrain while wearing protective gear.
These crews work with a diverse range of stakeholders (private, government, and non-profit) in order to achieve large scale land conservation efforts with rural communities throughout the state of Montana. This is a great opportunity for current students, recent college graduates, or anyone who has an interest in restoration to gain practical field experience in a rapidly growing area of conservation, with and a strong potential for future career paths. Wildland Restoration Teams mitigate invasive plants in the remote Selway Bitterroot Wilderness, Glacier National Park, and on the breathtaking plains of eastern Montana. Crew Leaders also earn Herbicide Applicator Licenses.
Location: Kalispell or Missoula, MT
Program Dates: 02/27/2023 - 08/11/2023
Living Allowance: $1,120 biweekly before taxes are taken out
AmeriCorps Education Award: $3,447.50 upon completion of the program
Health Insurance: Provided at NO COST
Member Assistance Program: Free 24/7 access to confidential behavioral health counseling, financial assistance, medical/legal advocacy, and more!
Food Per Diem while on Projects
Access to Pro Deals!
Housing options may be available in specific regions; talk with a Program Manager to learn more!!
Education Award Use for student loans, certifications, work trade programs, education expenses, and more
Forbearance for certain student loans while serving with AmeriCorps.
FREE Health Insurance* (members serving over 4 months)
Member Assistance Program (MAP) FREE access to 24/7 behavioral health resources. Also includes financial planning, legal assistance, life coaching, and more!
AmeriCorps Child Care Benefits
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Meals provided while on projects
Access to Pro Deals
We provide uniform work shirts and transportation to work sites.
Tools and safety gear are covered. Things like hard hats, work gloves, ear protection, safety glasses and group camping gear. We have some items to loan if needed
Service Awards available to help purchase gear or travel to Montana.
Certifications (Depending on Position and Crew Type):
First Aid & CPR
Training and Opportunities (Depending on Position and Crew Type):
Training on Resume Building, Interviewing, and Federal Hiring
Hand & Power Tool Use (including chainsaw and crosscut saw)
Backcountry Travel & Navigation
Trail Maintenance & Construction
Leave No Trace
Habitat Management & Improvement
Learn about natural resource management
Leadership, communication, and teamwork competencies
Develop life skills, work skills, and a strong service ethic
Connect with project partners: federal, state, and non-profits for career opportunities
Join our network of alumni in natural resource careers all over the country
Work in beautiful, wild, and protected places.
Make lasting changes to the environment, climate, and our communities.
MCC is committed to being diverse, welcoming, and inclusive. We are working to reduce barriers to participating in our programs. This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, marital or parental status, genetic information, and military service. We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply.
High school degree, GED, or willingness to work towards obtaining a GED
US Citizen, National or lawful permanent resident
Ability to pass a National Service Criminal History Check
Ability to eventually hike 3-20 miles per day in terrain that can be steep, rocky or uneven, often wearing a 45lb backpack while carrying tools and sometimes backpacking with full packs of 60 – 70lbs
Ability to lift up to 35 pounds repeatedly and use hand and power tools
Effective written and oral communication skills
Ability to obtain Wilderness Advanced First Aid/CPR training. (Training is reimbursable to allotted amount/ MCC provides training)
Demonstrates desire to serve the community and the environment
Embraces willingness to work long, hard hours in all weather conditions; ability to be away on overnight trips for up to 10 days at a time
Commitment to completing term; available for duration of entire term of service
Desired Additional Qualifications:
Valid driver’s license, ability to pass a Motor Vehicle Records check
21 years old on the start date of the program