LGBTQ Inclusion Crews

Join our LGBTQ Inclusion Crew: Northwest Youth Corps (NYC) has provided youth and young adults work opportunities in the great outdoors in a fun team-based learning environment that emphasizes personal growth and stewardship since 1984. This summer, NYC is partnering with the National Park Service to offer a program for youth and young adults who identify with the LGBTQ community the opportunity to learn, grow, and experience success. Crewmembers will learn valuable work and outdoor skills, create new friendships, learn more about the LGBTQ community and themselves, and make memories that will last a lifetime!



Youth Rainbow Conservation Crews are for ages 16-19 and take place in a setting which involves sleeping in tents, cooking on camp stoves for all meals, and has limited showers and flushable toilets. The crew will consist of 2 professional outdoor leaders and 8 crew members from diverse backgrounds and locations. 


The tuition to enter the program is $180 for the 4 week first session and $225 for the 5 week second session. If the tuition is a financial challenge, the member/family may request a scholarship; a payment plan; or an advance on the stipend that the member will earn. It is Northwest Youth Corps goal that no interested student be prevented from participation due to lack of financial means. Members are also charged for food during the program. Food costs are automatically deducted from the stipend at $66.50 per week for Youth Corps Programs only. 

Participants Earn $300 a week plus $50 per week bonus and potential high school  credit while gaining job skills and professional references needed to build your resume. Meet new people and build physical and mental strength while spending  weeks immersed in the Northwest’s wildest places. 



For Ages 19+ | Starting Location: Lake Wenatchee, WA | 8 Week Program
Northwest Youth Corps’ young adult conservation crews integrate team-based work projects, education, and professional trainings into a program that stresses personal growth and the development of resource management skills. Spend 8 weeks working on conservation projects such as tree planting, fuels reduction, invasive plant removal, trail construction, and fencing. Play a vital role in improving our public lands and the environment. Young Adult Members (ages 19+) receive a living allowance of $2,600 prorated through their term of service, along with earning a $1,638 AmeriCorps Education Award upon the successful completion of the program.



For Ages 21+ | Starting Location: Lake Wenatchee, WA 
LGBTQ Inclusion Crew Leaders co-lead, manage, and supervise conservation crews of youth or young adults over the course of the summer. Leaders will be responsible for completing a variety of hands-on, conservation-oriented projects on public and private lands, and facilitating daily lessons using our accredited outdoor education curriculum. leaders are well-balanced individuals who work hard and embody compassion, patience, and an inspirational attitude. While leading the LGBTQ crew, crew leaders will be responsible for creating a safer space for their members to balance the nuances and intersectionality between personal identity and work. leaders should expect organizational support during their endeavors that may include activities led by an outside facilitator and weekly check-ins by field supervisors. This seasonal position allows leaders to deliver an impactful educational experience to young people and also provides an entry-point within the fields of natural resource management, youth development, and outdoor education. More leader details can be found here.




Session 2021 Dates Tuition
LGBTQ Inclusion Crew 1 6/19-7/17 $180
LGBTQ Inclusion Crew 2 7/24-8/28 $225
LGBTQ Young Adult Inclusion Crew 8/25-10/22  

Rainbow Crew in the news:

National Geographic
How LGBTQ youth are building community through conservation work
link to article

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