Paid Opportunities for Tribal Youth, Young Adults, and Leaders with Northwest Youth Corps’ Tribal Stewardship Program
Interested in Natural Resource and Environmental careers? Want to gain outdoor work experience taking care of our tribal homelands? Come get experience in a fun learning environment where you get paid to work outside and camp!
About Tribal Stewards:
The Tribal Stewardship Program (TSP) aims to inspire the next generation of Tribal land stewards. For the first time ever, the TSP will be a collaboration with the Camas to Condors Partnership (C2C), along with new and continued partnerships with Tribal Governments, National Parks Service, and the Oregon Natural Desert Association. C2C is a Tribal lead conservation coalition lead by Nez Perce Tribe consisting of both tribal and non-tribal organizations who are working to lead regional-scale climate adaptation which is both culturally responsible and restorative. TSP Leaders and Members complete work projects for up to 40-hours a week with the guidance and mentorship of trained conservation professionals including a cultural educator. Emphasis is placed on holistic development, on the basis that healthy land supports healthy people.
Program Elements Include:
• Connecting with tribal homelands in Usual and Accustomed areas
• Culturally relevant educational lessons
• Natural resource education
• Supporting health and fitness through conservation work
• Engaging with natural resource professionals from both Federal and Tribal Governments
We are looking to empower the next generation of Indigenous environmental stewards by providing 3 programs total in:
-Oregon High Desert June 12th - July 17th (5wks for High School aged members) 9 members, 1 Lead, 1 Assistant Lead
-N'chí Wana/Columbia River Gorge July 26th - August 28th (5wks for High School aged members) 9 members, Same 1 Lead and 1 Assistant Lead continue
-Nimiipuu/Nez Perce Homelands June 2nd to July 31st (8wks for 19-26yr old members) 4 members, 1 Lead
YOUTH members are supported by Americorps and earn $1500 for a 5 week session with weekly bonuses available for good performance (reference website for more info).
YOUNG ADULT MEMBERS are supported by Americorps and earn $2600 for an 8 week session AND an Americorps Segal Education award of $1638 at the end of the program.
Not only are these education awards valid at Universities and Community Colleges, they are accepted forms of tuition for Trade School and other alternative learning programs for certification such as the National Outdoor Leadership School which doubles the award amount when attending their courses.
Important dates for LEADERS of Youth Crews: Eugene Office
-May 26th-27th Wilderness First Aid in Eugene. Certification course $175 cost which can be deducted from your payroll (unless you have current certification or are an Americorps funded Assistant Lead) camp on site
-May 28th - June 9th Cost-Free 10 day Outdoor leadership training with a $250 stipend upon completion (food and camp site provided)
-June 12th - July 17th 1st Session Tribal Youth Crew (5wks, all food provided)
-July 18th-23rd 1 WEEK BREAK
-July 26th-Aug 28th Columbia River/N'chí Wana Youth Crew (5wks, all food provided)
Important dates for the Young Adult Crew LEADER: Boise Office
-May 19th-20th NOLS Wilderness First Aid training in Boise unless you have obtained a current WFA already (Costs $175 which can be deducted from your payroll) Camp on site
-May 21st - May 31st Cost-Free 10 day Outdoor leadership training with a $250 stipend upon completion (food and camp site provided)
-June 2nd - July 31st Nimiipuu Crew launches
*sites were identified in collaboration with Nez Perce Tribe Cultural Resource Program to provide meaningful places for tribal young people to take care of
OPEN: 3 positions to Lead Crews
1) Crew Leader (guiding High School Youth)
-Earning Potential of ~$7300 including training stipend
-Begining and ending in Eugene
2) Crew Leader (guiding Nimiipuu Young Adults)
-Earning Potential of ~$6150 including training stipend
-Begining and ending in Boise
3) Assistant Crew Leader (Americorps Position guiding High School Youth)
-Earning Potential of $4050 (living stipend) with a $3097.50 (Segal Education Award)
-Begining and ending in Eugene
-Must have had a license for 3 or more years with an acceptable driving record
-Are required to complete and pass a background check
-Must have a WFA (Wilderness First Aid Certificate) and CPR certification
For Tribal Stewards Crew leader details, click on the links below.