Texas Conservation Corps has two types of youth programs, explained below. Crew Leaders begin towards the end of May and have four weeks of training to prepare them for the summer season.


Youth Conservation Corps (YCC)

In partnership with the US Forest Service & National Park Service, TxCC sends Crew Leaders to various collaborating locations to assist with running a Youth Conservation Corps crew. Crews will be working and living in the National Forest or National Park for the duration of their term, performing habitat restoration, trail building and other conservation practices. Crew Members are high school students (typically 15-18) and are recruited by our partner sites from the local area.

Participating sites: Ouachita National Forest (AR), Kisatchie National Forest (LA), Davy Crockett National Forest (TX), and Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park (TX).

Summer Youth Crews

This program provides opportunities for current Houston & Austin based high school students, and recent high school graduates, to spend a summer working on conservation projects throughout the area. Two Crew Leaders will lead 6-8 Crew Members on trail improvement and habitat restoration projects. Opportunities for travel and camping will be provided near the end of the season. Crews will focus on building conservation skills and engaging in environmental education. 

YCC & Summer Youth Crew Leaders: Ages 21-28
Term of Service: May 21st, 2018 – August 10th, 2018
Applications open!


  • $1,518 per month living stipend
  • Americorps Education Award
  • Student Loan Deferment
  • Wilderness and Remote First Aid Certification
  • CPR/First Aid Certification
  • Technical Skills Training
  • Fundamental Skills Training

Qualifications – Must Have

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Between the ages of 21-28
  • US Citizenship or lawful permanent US Resident
  • Clean 3-year Driving Record
  • Prior experience in camping, backcountry travel, or related field work
  • Ability to hike 3-12 miles per day in rugged terrain, often wearing a 45lb backpack and carrying tools.
  • Ability to lift up to 35 pounds repeatedly and use hand and power tools
  • Ability to pass a National Service Criminal History Check
  • Commitment to completing entire term of service
  • Strong service ethic and desire to serve the community and the environment
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of people
  • Willingness to work long, hard hours in all weather conditions; ability to be away on one overnight field work and camping trip (dates and length TBD)

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