For young adults passionate about serving their nation, combating the climate crisis, launching rewarding careers, and protecting our public lands.
Forest Corps is a program partnership between AmeriCorps NCCC and United States Forest Service.
You will perform direct, hands-on service in the areas of wildfire risk mitigation, reforestation, environmental conservation, and resource management. Your service project could include hazardous fuels reduction, protecting threatened habitats, conducting prescribed burns, wildlife surveys, infrastructure or trail maintenance, or providing nursery services to support growing seedlings, so adaptability is key! You’ll also undergo intensive training with the United States Forest Service to prepare you and take on leadership roles and specialized assignments along the way. Learn and grow with a team of your peers and get a foot in the door to work environmental conservation as a career.
Forest Corps FAQs
Forest Corps work is field based and rigorous. You must be prepared to handle hiking long distances while carrying a heavy backpack, uneven terrain, carrying tools, and be able to complete trail work, surveys, prescribed fire burns, planting seedlings, and other labor-intensive outdoors projects. Please carefully weigh these considerations before applying.
Forest Corps: A Pathway to Success in the U.S. Forest Service
NCCC Position Options
Members are assigned to a regional campus to complete initial training and to receive team assignments. Diverse teams of 18-26* year-olds work under the direction of one team leader and complete the service term living and serving together. Members are responsible for completing Corps Training Institute, earning 1700 service hours, participating in physical training, and contributing to various team activities.
Team leaders are assigned a team of eight to 10 members. This role is not a staff position; however, team leaders are expected to guide and support the team throughout the service term. Team leaders are responsible for completing Team Leader Training, prior to member arrival. Team leaders conduct daily team activities and serve as the liaison between the team, the project sponsor, and AmeriCorps NCCC staff. Please note anyone may apply to be a team leader. Prior service experience is not required.
Join NCCC Forest Corps
|Feb. 29, 2024
|Early June - April
|Mar. 31, 2024
|Late June - April
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Benefits and Eligibility
Benefits and Eligibility
Learn about the benefits during, and after, your service term with AmeriCorps NCCC. Find out more about the requirements to serve as a team leader or member.
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How to Apply
Step-by-step instructions on applying to AmeriCorps NCCC.