LGBTQ Inclusion Crews

The LGBTQ Inclusion Crew offers an excellent Opportunity for LGBTQ Youth and Young Adults: 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. OUT There Adventures (OTA) cultivates leadership and builds community for LGBTQ youth and young adults through adventures in nature. This summer NYC and OTA are 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. Here is a chance for you to learn valuable work and outdoor skills, create new friendships, and make memories that will last a lifetime!

This crew will be in a setting which involves sleeping in tents, cooking on camp stoves for all meals, has limited shower and flushable toilets, and the rustic feel that will really bond a community. 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. 

Corps members earn a base stipend of $300 a week, plus up to $50 a week in bonuses.
Participants have the potential to earn bonuses as follows:

  • Completion Bonus (for finishing the program)
  • Dependability Bonus (for completing all work hours scheduled for your crew)
  • Safety Bonus (for a perfect safety record)

The member’s stipend is earned for an educational experience, and therefore, federal and state tax do not apply.

Workers compensation coverage is provided at no cost to the member for injuries or illnesses that occur on the program. Corps members who show diligence, hard work and a positive attitude are eligible for advancement opportunities and/or participation in other NYC programs. Many youth continue to expand on their experiences and become Assistant Crew Leaders, Crew Leaders and eventually may serve in careers with land management agencies such as US Forest Service and National Park Service. Northwest Youth Corps Programs provide excellent work and leadership experience for resumes and applications for any career field or college.


  • Applicants must be between the ages of 16 and 19 years old.
  • Applicants must be able to hike distances of up to 5 miles - possibly carrying equipment or packs.
  • Applicants must be able to carry or lift 50 pounds.
  • Applicants must be able to work 8-10 hour days that require bending and digging.
  • Applicants must be willing to live with crew for 4-5 weeks, in tents.

Corps members are expected to work in a safe manner, follow the instructions of their crew leaders, participate in camp activities and be respectful of their co-workers, leaders and hosts.


  • Work on the crew’s assignments in a safe and mature manner
  • Participate in daily crew activities such as cooking, cleaning, campsite preparation and tool maintenance
  • Actively participate in educational activities each work day. The SEED program (Something Educational Every Day) teaches conservation, ecology, and environmental science. It also provides participants an opportunity to earn credits in science or PE.
  • Maintain a positive attitude



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 8/4-10/1

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