Conservation Corps FAQ

Where will I be based?

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)
  • 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)

Do you have positions that are based in locations other than your offices/satellite sites?

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.

Is housing provided?

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.

What kind of work will I be doing?

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 & Studie

DISASTER SERVICES

Disaster Response 

Volunteer & Donations Management

Debris and Brush Removal 

GPS Inventory

Fire Fuel Mitigatio

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

What are the benefits of serving an AmeriCorps term with the Conservation Corps of American YouthWorks?

  • 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
  • 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!
  • Read more about our benefits on the Benefits & Housing page of our website

Is previous conservation experience required?

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!

How many people are on a crew?

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.

How long are service terms?

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)

Am I volunteering?

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

Do you provide relocation or settle-in allowance? 

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.

What Certifications does Texas Conservation Corps Offer?

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)

*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

      *Only required for our Disaster Response Teams (DRT)

Will I be provided with a uniform?

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.

What does TxCC provide while on hitch?

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.