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Which Program Is Right For Me?

So you are thinking about joining MCC?  We are so excited you are interested!  There is something for everyone at MCC, whether you’re looking to jump start a career with the Forest Service, 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. 

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 fuel 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! Lead crews with a co-leader for month long projects, working intensively in one community to fully explore a variety of hands-on natural resource projects.  Expedition crews are based in remote, rural communities around Montana, with crew sizes of 5-8 participants.  

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!