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The Conservation Corps experience builds leadership skills, connection with community, and provides opportunities to address environmental issues and learn about career pathways in the green jobs sector.

 

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Crew Leader Positions

*some experience required
*we accept applications past the start date

Integrated Resource and Fire Crew
New Waverly/Huntsville and Zavalla/Lufkin regions | November 14, 2022 – April 28, 2023

Heritage Crew
TBD (see description) | August 22 – December 16

Conservation & Disaster Crew
Austin, Texas | starts July 11 & August 22
Houston, Texas | April 4 – December 9
Houston, Texas | January-December 2023
Baton Rouge, Louisiana | January-December 2023

San Antonio Conservation Crew
San Antonio, Texas | starts August 8 & August 22

Trails Across Texas (TAT) Crew
Austin, Texas | starts August 22

Austin Civilian Conservation Corps (ACCC)
Austin, Texas | starts August 22

Houston Environmental Action Team (HEAT)
Houston, Texas | April 2022 – December 9
Houston, Texas | January-December 2023

GulfCorps Crew
Houston, Texas | September 5 – May 5, 2023
Baton Rouge, Louisiana | September 5 – May 5, 2023

Summer Youth Crew
Houston, Texas | June 13 – August 12

 

Crew Member Positions

*no experience necessary
*we accept applications past the start date

Integrated Resource and Fire Crew
New Waverly/Huntsville and Zavalla/Lufkin regions | November 30, 2022 – April 28, 2023

Heritage Crew
TBD (see description) | August 22 – December 16

Conservation & Disaster Crew
Austin, Texas | starts July 25 & September 12
Houston, Texas | January-December 2023
Baton Rouge, Louisiana | January-December 2023

San Antonio Conservation Crew
San Antonio, Texas | starts August 8 & September 12

Trails Across Texas (TAT) Crew
Austin, Texas | starts September 12

Austin Civilian Conservation Corps (ACCC)
Austin, Texas | starts September 12

Houston Environmental Action Team (HEAT)
Houston, Texas | July 11 – December 9
Houston, Texas | January-December 2023

GulfCorps Crew
Houston, Texas | September 12 – May 5, 2023
Baton Rouge, Louisiana | September 12 – May 5, 2023

Summer Youth Crew
Houston, Texas | June 13 – August 12

 

 

Individual Placements

*no experience necessary
*we accept applications past the start date

Cultural Landscape Individual Placement
San Antonio Missions | June 1 – November 11

Forestry Recreation Technician Individual Placement
Sam Houston National Forest |June 1 – November 11

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Conservation Crews

Protect and restore public lands throughout the natural landscapes of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi! We recruit people who have a passion for the environment and working outdoors, and an interest in gaining new skill sets and experiences.

Projects: disaster mitigation, habitat restoration, trail projects, and disaster relief

Schedule: project dependent; Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm (if project is local) and/or going on hitch to complete 10 day-long projects (what is hitch?)

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

 

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Local Crews

Help keep Austin and Houston beautiful on the Austin Texas Land Stewards (ATLAS) Crew and the Houston Environmental Action Team (HEAT) Crew!

Project Type: urban conservation and restoration

Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm

Locations: Austin, TX | Houston, TX

 

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Individual Placements

Texas Conservation Corps has the opportunity to place individuals with our Federal, State, non-profit, and local partners.

Project Type: unique to each position description and site

Locations: Various partner sites

 

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GulfCorps

Texas and Louisiana Conservation Corps are proud to host specialized GulfCorps crews, funded by the RESTORE Act and NOAA from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, these crews will help public lands and preserves in the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast regions.

Project Type: coastal restoration and conservation

Locations: Houston, TX | Baton Rouge, LA

 

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Summer Youth Crews

This program position is open to current high school students and recent high school graduates looking to spend a summer working on conservation projects throughout Texas. Opportunities for travel and camping will be provided. Crews will focus on building conservation skills and engaging in environmental education.

Project Type: trail improvement, habitat restoration, and environmental education

Locations: Austin TX | Houston, TX | San Antonio, TX | Tribal Nations

 

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Integrated Resource and Fire Crews

In partnership with the US Forest Service Southern Region, Texas Conservation Corps has positions available offering extensive training and certifications in wildland firefighting and natural resource management. Veterans are highly encouraged to apply.

Project Type: variety of fire response activities, prescribed burns, conservation projects, and cyclical maintenance objectives

Locations: New Waverly/Huntsville region (Texas) | Zavalla/Lufkin region (Texas)

 

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Heritage Crews

In partnership with the US Forest Service, crews will assist in implementing Heritage Program management needs. Projects may occur on the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas, Kisatchie National Forests, and National Forests in Mississippi.

Project Type: heritage resource management and natural resource stewardship

Schedule: 10 hour days, 10 days per tour (8 field days and 2 travel days)

Locations: camping at project sites for the duration of the term of service

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

We have three offices and a satellite site, each hosting different crew types:

Austin, TX office
Conservation & Disaster Crews, Trails Across Texas Crew, Austin Texas Land Stewards (ATLAS - local projects only)

The Austin Civilian Conservation Corps program also operates out of the Austin office but is not a Texas Conservation Corps AmeriCorps program

San Antonio, TX satellite site
San Antonio Conservation Crew and various Individual Placement positions

Houston, TX office
Conservation & Disaster Crews, GulfCorps Crew (coastal restoration focus), Houston Environmental Action Team (local projects only)

Baton Rouge, LA office
Louisiana Conservation Corps program Conservation & Disaster Crews and GulfCorps Crew (coastal restoration focus)

Yes! Our Individual Placement positions are based at various public lands partner sites around Texas, Louisiana, and the surrounding region. In addition, our Integrated Resources Crews are based in Sam Houston National Forest and Angelina-Sabine National Forests. Both of these opportunities report to staff in our Austin office.

Housing is not provided. Members may be camping for long periods of time while on hitch, but our members are expected to find housing near their office site. Resources for housing connections and affordable options are available.

Benefits & Housing

Conservation Corps crew projects vary from invasive species management to disaster mitigation, and not every crew will serve on a project of every type during their season. The vast majority of projects are hands-on and require hard, often repetitive labor with hand & power tools. Projects may include:

Park & Trail Construction
Trail Building: Natural Surface, ADA Accessibility, Etc.
Maintenance & Repair
Masonry, Stairs & Retaining Walls
Bridges & Armored Crossings
Benches & Kiosks
Trail Design, Layout & Consultation

Vegetation Management
Invasive Species Removal
Licensed Herbicide Application
Plantings & Maintenance
Seed Collection
Greenhouse Work
Plant Surveys & Studies

Disaster Services
Disaster Response
Volunteer & Donations Management
Debris and Brush Removal
GPS Inventory
Fire Fuel Mitigation

Forest & Range Management
Brush Management & Fuel Breaks
Prescribed Burning & Prep
GIS Data Gathering, Input & Analysis
Tree Care, Planting, & Nursery Work
Fence Installation and Repair
Endangered Species & Habitat Restoration

Watershed Management
Erosion Control & Bank Restoration
Check Dams & Swales
Aquifer Recharge-Feature Restoration
Wet Pond Maintenance
Water Quality Monitoring
Creek Clean-Ups

Community Education
School & Community Gardens
Trail Building Workshops
Watershed Model Demonstrations
Volunteer Management

• Public Land Corps Hiring Authority - Members that serve on projects funded by Public Land Corps funding and serve 640 hours should complete paperwork to determine eligibility for a certificate verifying Public Land Corps Hiring Authority Status, a 2 year non-competitive status to be used when applying for federal positions. We can not guarantee that members will serve on qualifying projects.

• Networking opportunities for post-service careers and intentional connection opportunities with partners such as the National Park Service, US Forest Service, Texas Parks & Wildlife, Austin Parks & Recreation Department, and more.

Segal AmeriCorps Education Award that can be used for educational expenses and to repay qualified student loans, only available after completing the term of service.

• Public assistance such as SNAP benefits, local bus passes, grocery store gift cards, and other support benefits as available.

• Opportunities to build community and lifelong friendships with fellow corps members!

Benefits & Housing

Conservation Corps & AmeriCorps

Crew Leader applicants must have at least 5 months of trail, habitat restoration, invasive species management, or similar experience.

Crew Member applicants are not required to have previous experience!

Conservation Corps crews typically consist of 6-10 AmeriCorps members: two Crew Leaders and four to eight Crew Members. COVID-19 adaptations have included reduced crew sizes to accommodate social distancing standards.

3 months (300 hour term) *youth crews only
5-6 months (675 or 900 hour term)
9 months (1200 hour term)
11 months (1700 hour term)

This experience would not be considered volunteering but committing to a term of national service through AmeriCorps. For additional information, see the AmeriCorps section.

Though some AmeriCorps programs (NCCC, FEMAcorps, VISTA) provide relocation and settle-in allowance, we are unable to provide this benefit as an AmeriCorps State & National program. We do provide resources to help our incoming members find affordable housing options near our offices.

Certifications are not guaranteed during a term of service, but these are some that we frequently offer:

• S-212- Wildland Chainsaw Certification (typically only for Crew Leaders)

• The American Red Cross Adult First Aid/CPR/AED Certification

• The American Red Cross Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Certification (typically only for Crew Leaders)

Only required for our Disaster Response Teams (DRT)
    • ICS 100 – Introduction to Incident Command System
    • ICS 200 – ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
    • NIMS 700 – National Incident Management System (NIMS) : An Introduction
    • IS-800 – National Response Framework, An Introduction

AYW Conservation Corps will provide all members with work shirts and PPE (hard hat, protective glasses, gloves, and ear protection), but it will be up to the member to have full leather boots and canvas or denim work pants. See our Gear List for more information.

We provide all equipment for project work, kitchen cooking gear, and food while on hitch. We also have tents, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads that can be loaned for your term if you cannot acquire your own.

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