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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! No prior experience is required. TxCC provides our members with hands-on opportunities, extensive training in conservation and disaster response, and the freedom to develop personally and professionally.

We recruit people who have a passion for the environment and working outdoors, and an interest in gaining new skill sets and experiences. Crews work throughout the natural landscapes of Texas, Oklahoma, 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 members 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 Members:

Ages 18-28

Austin or Houston, TX

Upcoming Opportunities:

Austin: September 13, 2021 – May 27, 2022

Apply to Serve in Austin

Houston: February 2021 – December 2021

Applications for our 2021 Houston Conservation & Disaster Crew are closed. Check back in the fall for 2022 opportunities!

 

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.

This position will be based in San Antonio, TX. Young people ages 18-28 from the area are encouraged to apply. No previous conservation experience necessary.

San Antonio Conservation Crew Members:

Ages 18-28

San Antonio, TX

Upcoming Opportunities:

September 13, 2021 – May 27, 2022

Apply to Serve in San Antonio

 

Trails Across Texas Crew: 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 Members:

Ages 21-28

Austin, TX

Upcoming Opportunities:

September 13, 2021 – February 25, 2022

Apply to Serve in Austin

 

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 Monday-Friday and complete projects including timber framing, carpentry, and bridge-building to reopen trails within the park that have been closed for nearly a decade. No experience necessary for this unique and specialized crew opportunity!

Bastrop State Park Crew Members:

Ages 18-28

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

Upcoming Opportunities:

September 13, 2021 – February 25, 2022

Apply to Serve in Bastrop

Benefits
  • $1,550 per month living allowance
  • 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 18-28
  • US Citizenship or lawful permanent US Resident
  • 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