Montana Conservation Corps is adventure with purpose! MCC believes that through conservation service work and authentic connection, you can sharpen your ability to create change and join the next generation of leaders for a better world. We focus on the growth of our participants, positively impacting our climate and environment, and transferable job skills. Members work on physically demanding conservation projects across the Northern Rockies and Plains. A term of service with MCC allows members to experience the full measure of their character and discover their capacity to lead change in their communities and, just as importantly, in their own lives.
There is something for everyone at MCC, whether you’re looking to jump start a conservation career, improve our public lands, grow as an individual, or simply get outside. You will walk away with valuable hands-on technical skills, applicable job skills like communication and teamwork, and interpersonal skills that will help you achieve success in a wide variety of careers.
We often see applicants who don’t realize they are qualified to take on a role here at MCC, especially those coming from marginalized communities. MCC is a developmental program and it is our job to teach, train, and develop leadership competencies in our participants. We recognize that people come with a wealth of experience and talent beyond the technical requirements of a job, therefore our job descriptions are guidelines, not hard and fast rules. Your experience, which may include paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work, helps build the competencies and knowledge that translates to our openings. We encourage ANYONE to apply that has an interest in not only conservation, but bettering themselves for the future.
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, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, marital or parental status, genetic information or military service. We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply. Learn more about identity and equity at MCC!
Below is more information about each of our programs to help you decide the best fit!
Adult Conservation Crews (17+ yrs old): Adult Conservation Crews are perfect for participants looking for a team based/community experience. Crews will camp while working on physically demanding conservation projects across the Northern Rockies and Plains. Project work includes, but is not limited to, trail maintenance and construction, watershed restoration, planting, backcountry work, forest fuels reduction, and more! Participants walk away with hands-on technical skills and a toolbox of interpersonal strengths, including how to effectively communicate and work on a team, all of which will help them achieve success in a wide variety of careers. We have a variety of crew leader and member positions, and different types of conservation crews depending on your interests and career goals:
Our crew member positions are entry level; no previous trails, outdoor, or corps experience is required! Want to learn more? Learn if an Adult Conservation Crew is right for you!
Individual Placement Programs (18+ yrs old): As an AmeriCorps member serving in individual placement programs, you will contribute to lasting conservation efforts in Montana and the surrounding states. As an Intern, Fellow, or Big Sky Watershed Corps Member, you will be placed with a federal or state agency, conservation nonprofit, tribal office, or a community-based conservation organization to work toward their conservation goals. You will also be mentored by conservation professionals with a focus on applicable jobs skills and career development. MCC staff will meet with you biweekly to provide guidance and advice. You will also participate in additional MCC-facilitated training opportunities to maximize your experience. These positions are perfect for participants looking for a more individualized experience.
Youth Program Leaders (Ages 21-35): If you're committed and inspired by making an impact on both the lives of youth and our public lands, then serving as a leader of a youth crew is the right position for you! Our High School Expedition and Youth Conservation Corps crews are service experiences for Montana teens ages 14 to 18. Youth Members spend their time outdoors, camping, learning, exploring and serving on priority conservation projects to improve wildlife habitat and recreation resources like trails and campgrounds on our beloved public lands.
Youth Programs (Ages 14-18): Our High School Expedition and Youth Conservation Corps crews are service experiences for Montana teens ages 14 to 18. Youth Members spend their time outdoors, camping, learning, exploring and serving on priority conservation projects to improve wildlife habitat and recreation resources like trails and campgrounds on our beloved public lands. Youth programs are NO COST, for Montana residents only, and provide teens with 72+ volunteer hours, technical skills, leadership and communication competencies, and new relationships with teens from across Montana. Expedition crews work, serve, and learn in some of Montana’s wildest places!
Amskapi Piikuni Partnership: The Piikuni Lands Corps is a program for indigenous youth and adults. Crew members work on ancestral lands to develop skills and learn about cultural values. Joining the Piikuni Lands Crew gives you the opportunity to work alongside others from the Blackfeet Nation who share your interest in making a lifelong impact on the community and nearby ancestral lands. Through this experience, you will have the opportunity to gain valuable job skills including trail maintenance, wildlife surveying, fencing, facilities maintenance, and much more. In addition to technical skills, you stand to gain experience in teamwork, effective communication, and leadership.
Staff Positions: MCC is the place where we laugh, work hard, and are proud of our mission. At MCC, you’ll find unique and fun coworkers, a comfortable work environment, the ability to dress casually and get dirty, and one heck of a holiday celebration. If you are looking for the next step in your career, MCC may have a staff position that is right for you!