Youthbuild

Earn your GED or high school diploma, start a career and become empowered by your community.

TXCC & LACC

Become part of the next generation of convervationists through environmental education, preservation and service.

Conservation, Disaster Response, and Trail Crews

Get paid to serve the community, restore the environment & build lifelong relationships.

The adult conservation crews consists of two crew leaders and eight crew members. All of our adult crews work a similar schedule; either completing local work (Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm) or going on hitch to complete 10 day-long projects (please visit our Schedules & Hitch page for more information).

Crews are funded by: The Corps Network, OneStar, and The Corporation for National and Community Service.

Conservation and Disaster Response Team (C&D/A-DRT)

Austin, TX | Houston, TX | San Antonio, TX | Baton Rouge, LA

Conservation and Disaster Response crews are focused on conservation projects in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Program participants complete habitat restoration and trail projects with a variety of partners, from the National Park Service to state and county parks.

Though most of the season will consist of conservation projects;  these crews remain on-call and able to deploy should a flood, fire, hurricane, or other disasters occur. The Conservation Corps of American YouthWorks are a state and federal resource during disasters. Crew leaders receive training in spontaneous volunteer management, donations management, and the Incident Command System. Common partners include FEMA and the Texas Department of Emergency Management.

Stories from previous members:

Angelina and Sabine National Forests
Disaster Deployment – Hurricane Michael

 

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Dedicated Conservation Crew (SAAN C&D)

San Antonio, TX

This San Antonio-based crew works in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) at San Antonio Missions National Historic Park. Crews work directly with NPS staff on a daily basis, building strong connections that have helped past members achieve employment with the NPS.

Project work includes vegetation removal at various sites throughout the park’s 1000 acres, invasive plant removal, maintaining landscaped garden beds, fence removal and installation, and heavy vegetation removal in and along the historic irrigation canals that bring water from the San Antonio River to the missions.

Projects are in highly trafficked areas at the missions where members can interact with park visitors, as well as in the quieter corners of the park off limits to visitors.

 

Trails Across Texas Crew (TAT)

Austin, TX

Based out of Austin, the Trails Across Texas (TAT) crew partners with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) to maintain and enhance the trail systems in Texas State Parks. These crews camp 10 days at a time and have 4 days off in between. Crews are funded by The Corporation for National and Community Service and TPWD. Members have up to $780 in field gear reimbursements available!

Stories from previous members:

Hitch at Caprock Canyons State Park

 

Austin Civilian Conservation Corps (ACCC)

Austin, TX (residents only)

The Austin Civilian Conservation Corps (ACCC) is an initiative with the City of Austin and American YouthWorks, to provide on-the-job training opportunities for individuals impacted by COVID-19, while contributing to the health and sustainability of Austin’s natural environment. Working on a crew, participants will complete conservation projects like invasive species removal, habitat restoration, wildfire mitigation, and trail building all throughout the City. This is a full-time temporary position.

Applicants must be a current City of Austin resident (year-long minimum) and negatively impacted by COVID-19. Uniforms and Personal Protective Equipment will be provided. This is a full time position (40 hours/week, Monday-Friday). All skills levels are encouraged to apply!

Benefits & Qualifications

Benefits
  • Crew Member Monthly Living Allowance (Stipend)
    • $2,400/month for Austin, Houston, San Antonio, and Baton Rouge crews
  • Crew Leader Monthly Living Allowance (Stipend)
    • $2,720/month for Austin, Houston, San Antonio, and Baton Rouge crews
  • $1,459.26-$6,895 | Segal AmeriCorps Education Award: money for qualified student loans, higher education and training programs. Learn more about AmeriCorps and this award.
  • Health Insurance for AmeriCorps Members: Provided at no cost to participants by The Corps Network (TCN) and eligible members can opt-in OR opt-out
  • Certifications: FEMA Certifications, Red Cross First Aid, CPR and AED Certification, and more!
  • Trainings: Technical and Fundamental Skills Training, Power Tools and Chainsaw Trainings, and more!
  • Gear/Boot Assistance: Each member receives up to $250 Gear/Boot assistance for qualified purchases and the amount can vary based on Crew Type
  • Support Services: Needs-based Support Services are offered for participants that need assistance with transportation, food, vital documents, bills, and other financial needs in order to help them succeed during the program. These funds are limited and determined on a case by case basis.
  • Public Land Corps Non-Competitive Hiring Eligibility for jobs on Federal Lands: A special hiring authority that allows federal land management agencies (within DOI, USFS, and Commerce) to non-competitively appoint those who qualify to seasonal, term, and permanent positions.
  • Networking: Opportunities to build connections with partnering agencies such as Texas Parks and Wildlife, National Park Service, US Forest Service, and more!
  • Austin, TX Operating Site Only: Weekly Conservation Corps Yoga Club Class with certified Yoga Instructor (optional)

Qualifications
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Between the ages of 18-35 (crew members), 21-35 (crew leaders) or 18-35 (Austin Civilian Conservation Corps)
  • US Citizenship or lawful permanent US Resident
  • Ability to pass a National Service Criminal History Check
  • 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
  • Commitment to completing an 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 overnight trips for up to 10 days at a time
  • Crew Leader Only: Clean 3-year Driving Record
  • Crew Leader Only: At least 3-5 months of previous hands-on conservation experience including but not limited to: chainsaws, habitat restoration, invasive species removal, trail work (no experience is necessary for crew members)
  • ACCC Only: Must live within Austin city limits zip codes

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