American Sign Language (ASL) Crews

Excellent Opportunity for Deaf or Hard of Hearing Youth and Young Adults: Northwest Youth Corps (NYC) is known for providing youth and  young adults work opportunities in the great outdoors in a fun team-based learning environment that emphasizes personal growth and stewardship. This summer NYC is offering programs for youth and young adults who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing which provides participants opportunities to learn, grow, and experience success. Build trail, restore habitat, learn valuable work and outdoor skills, create new friendships, and make memories that will last a lifetime!

Explore: Under staff supervision with leaders who are fluent in ASL, crew members complete conservation projects that include trail maintenance, habitat restoration, and invasive species removal throughout the Pacific Northwest!

New Skills: While learning valuable lessons about teamwork and responsibility, participants will gain a sense of pride that comes with hard work and a job well done. Our Deaf and Hard of Hearing program nurtures and encourages leadership development as well as cultural exchange among the participants and leaders in the program.  

Learn: Each day crews spend an hour working on a SEED (Something Educational Every Day) lesson. SEED topics cover environmental science, career pathways, and leadership development.  At the end of the session, high school participants have logged enough SEED hours to earn high school credit.

Join the Team: No outdoor experience necessary – we will teach you everything you need to know!  

Youth Camping ASL Inclusion Crew

For Ages 16-19 | Starting Location: Lake Wenatchee, WA | 5 Week Program
An Unforgettable Adventure! Youth Corps Camping teams travel all around the Northwest to complete important conservation projects. Become an important part of a hard-working team as you live, learn, and work together building hiking trails, protecting endangered species, and restoring wildlife habitats. Youth Camping participants earn up to $1,665 including bonuses for their participation. The base stipend is $283 a week with uniform and rustic camping and food included which equals $1,415 for the five-weeks plus up to $50 in bonuses a week, equaling $1,665. Potential high school credit is also available.

More Information about Youth Camping


Leader positions  for the ASL Inclusion Crews

For Ages 21+ | Starting Location: Lake Wenatchee, WA 
ASL Crew Leaders co-lead, manage, and supervise conservation crews of youth 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 ASL 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.

View leader openings here






Session 2022 Dates
ASL Camping Crew 1 6/18-7/23
ASL Camping Crew 2 7/30-9/3


ASL Inclusion Programs Coordinator