Native American Conservation Corps
The Native American Conservation Corps (NACC) is an innovative partnership between Northwest Youth Corps, AmeriCorps, and the US Bureau of Indian Affairs. The program is specifically designed to provide hands on training and experience to Native American young adults living in the Greater Portland metropolitan area who are interested in pursuing employment with conservation corps, land and water resource management agencies, and other outdoor careers. The NACC integrates team-based work projects, education, and on-site vocational training into an experience that prioritizes personal growth, and the development of conservation work skills. Participants will develop technical skills working on a variety of conservation projects while developing the soft skills needed to be successful in the outdoor industry.
NACC participants spend eight weeks camping, working and traveling together as a five person team. You can expect to work on physically challenging conservation projects in many kinds of weather, gaining hands on experience in the groundwork of stewardship. Each day, you will return to camp after work and participate in community activities, including meal prep, water collection and treatment, and tool maintenance, followed by a family style dinner. Evenings will be spent on various educational and recreational activities; including formal lessons taught by team members, group discussions, and stargazing around the campfire.
The NACC will work on high priority conservation projects for land management partners like the Forest Service, BLM, and Bureau of Reclamation. This is a team-based experience where you learn by doing! You will graduate with sore muscles, technical skills, and a much stronger resume for employment in the outdoor industry. At the successful completion of the program, you will receive an AmeriCorps Education Award that will help you meet your educational goals or be used to pay off student loans.
A critical element of the NACC is the educational curriculum that accompanies the experience. The SSP curriculum is based around preparing the next generation of stewardship leaders to work in the outdoor industry. Lessons range from group dynamics and environmental policy to stewardship and resource management. The NACC education experience is seminar based and requires inquisitive group participation. Lessons are planned for only a few nights each week. As a part of the inclusive experience each member will be responsible for creating and presenting a lesson in the final weeks of the program.
- Projects may be in Oregon and Washington.
- Participants will earn a living allowance of $2420 for their term of service, prorated throughout the program addition to a $1527 AmeriCorps education award upon the successful completion of the program..
- All crew meals, tent lodging and transportation (except to/from NYC HQ) included.
- This program begins and ends at NYC offices in Eugene, OR.
- NACC Members must be between 19 and 24 years of age at the start of the program.
Hours and Compensation
This is a residential program requiring long days, high energy, and love of challenge. The crew works up to 40 hours a week on a variety of projects and spends the weekends participating in and leading recreational and educational outings. AmeriCorps Members work a minimum of 450 hours over an 8 week period. Hours include travel, work, trainings, education and mandatory camp activities such as debriefs and evaluations. Members earn total living allowance of $2420. Members are eligible for an educational award of $1527 once their program has concluded and they have completed the minimum 450 hours of service.
Native American Conservation Corp Program Schedule:
Participants must have affiliation with a federal, state or historically recognized tribe and must currently live in or around the Greater Portland Metropolitan area .
High School Diploma, GED, or willingness to acquire a GED within one year of program completion. Course work in education, leadership, resource management, and recreation preferred.
Applications will be reviewed considering all past work experience, outdoor recreation background, and volunteer experience relevant to this position. Prior experience in environmental studies, outdoor recreation, resource management and familiarity using hand tools is desirable. Experience and certification in First Aid is not required but strongly encouraged.
All applicants must be in good physical condition and capable of working long hours on strenuous, labor intensive projects. Work projects often require heavy lifting, constant bending, digging, and extensive backcountry travel. Applicants must be able to backpack 12 miles and lift up to 50 lbs.
Due to the possible remote nature of this program, applicants must be comfortable with extremely limited contact with the outside world. There may be no opportunities for internet access and mail, and cell service may be extremely limited.