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TXCC & LACC

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

Texas Conservation Corps is looking for dedicated young adults to help protect and restore public lands across the southern U.S! We require all Crew Leader applicants to have at least 5 months of previous hands-on conservation experience including but not limited to:

    • Chainsaws
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Invasive Species Removal
    • Trail Work

TxCC provides our members with hands-on opportunities, extensive training in conservation and disaster response, and the freedom to develop personally and professionally. Our Crew Leaders help us facilitate training our members, therefore they need to have previous experience.

About Texas Conservation Corps

The Texas Conservation Corps (TxCC) is a 21st Century Conservation Service Corps accredited program that empowers young people through conservation, education, service, and job training. Participants engage in hands-on projects on public lands, coastal regions, and disaster areas.

While successfully educating, training, and producing the next generation of leaders in the field, TxCC engages young adults in the conservation of the natural landscapes of Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

Crew Types

Conservation & Disaster Crews: These crews are focused on conservation projects in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. These members complete habitat restoration and trail projects (click for full list) with a variety of partners, from the National Park Service to Travis County Parks. These crews are based in our Austin and Houston operating sites.

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. TxCC is both a state and federal resource during disasters, and 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.

Conservation & Disaster Crew Leaders:

Ages 21-28

Austin: August 16, 2021- May 27, 2022

Apply to Lead an Austin Conservation & Disaster Crew

Houston: January 4, 2022 – December 9, 2022

Apply to Lead a Houston Conservation & Disaster Crew

 

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Dedicated Conservation Crew: Beginning in 2021, Texas Conservation Corps will have a dedicated crew serving in San Antonio. The service will be primarily at the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park working in partnership with NPS staff. The project work will consist of pruning vegetation, rehabilitating walkways, fixing fences, planting trees, as well as historic preservation of the mission walls. This team of AmeriCorps members will receive job training including grounds preservation maintenance, irrigation system management, landscape bed rehabilitation, and other associated tasks within the park’s multiple historic cultural landscapes.

San Antonio Conservation Crew Leaders:

Ages 21-28

San Antonio, TX

Upcoming Opportunities:

August 16, 2021 – May 27, 2022

2021-2022 San Antonio Crew Leader positions are filled. Check back in spring 2022 for 2022-2023 applications!

 

Trails Across Texas Crew: Based out of Austin, our Trails Across Texas (TAT) crew partners with Texas Parks and Wildlife (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.

Trails Across Texas Crew Leaders:

Ages 21-28

Austin: August 16, 2021 – July 22, 2022

Apply to Lead the Trails Across Texas Crew

 

Trails Across Texas, Bastrop State Park Crew: This crew partners with Texas Parks & Wildlife at Bastrop State Park to rehabilitate trails destroyed in the Bastrop County Complex fire of 2011. Members will camp in the park and complete projects including carpentry and bridge-building to reopen trails within the park that have been closed for nearly a decade. Applicants with previous carpentry or construction experience are encouraged to apply to lead this crew.

Bastrop State Park Crew Leaders:

Ages 21-28

Bastrop, TX (based out of our Austin, TX office)

Upcoming Opportunities:

October 25, 2021 – July 22, 2022

Apply to Lead the Bastrop State Park Crew

Benefits
  • $1,700 per month living stipend
  • Americorps Education Award
  • Non-private student loan deferment
  • First Aid certification
  • Technical skills training
  • Fundamental skills training
  • Health insurance
  • FEMA certifications
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 fieldwork
    • 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 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