To all of our Constituents regarding COVID-19
Updated May 13, 2022
COVID-19 continues to be a high level organizational priority, a critical part of assuring we do everything possible to maintain the good health and well-being of our Members, Staff, and the Communities we serve.
COVID-19 Operations Protocols:
Our senior program team, Northwest Youth Corps’ Physician Advisor Greg Moore; Dave McEvoy of Aerie Backcountry Medicine and Steve Smith of Experiential Consulting collaborated in Spring 2020 to create a set of protocols for operating our programs and offices in a COVID-19 environment, which have served as a model for Corps around the country. Over the last two years, we have refined these protocols to be reflective of the most current science and the realities of the environment in which we work. View our current protocols here.
COVID-19 Task Force:
Our Covid Task Force meets regularly to evaluate progress and concerns, and regularly interacts with senior leadership of our agency partners and other Conservation Corps to assess our progress and to learn from our community of practice nationwide. We remain alert to responding to increases of infection and variants that are occurring throughout the country.
Covid-19 Vaccine Requirements: Our full vaccine policy may be accessed here
Permanent staff members: Northwest Youth Corps, Idaho Conservation Corps and Twin Rivers Charter School requires all permanent staff members to (1) either provide proof of covid-19 vaccination or (2) to apply for – and be granted – a religious or medical exemption to this requirement.
Seasonal field staff, members, interns: Northwest Youth Corps and Idaho Conservation Corps seasonal field staff, members and interns are highly encouraged to be vaccinated but vaccinations are not required. There may be a unique, specific duty assignment or partnership that would require vaccination, which would be communicated in advance before any assignments are made.
Utilizing our Eugene Headquarters:
Effective May 16, 2022, hybrid remote/office working will be discontinued, and all staff will be office based full time. Offices will continue to have strict protocols including distancing, utilizing appropriate masks, air purification, and testing (when necessary).
Rentals of our public spaces in Eugene remain suspended until at least summer 2022 (more info here), and public access to the Eugene Campus remains extremely limited to staff, Twin Rivers Charter school staff and students, and appropriate business visitors.
We currently have spring youth and young adult crews active in Oregon and Idaho.
Northwest Youth Corps Interns are successfully continuing their assignments by practicing appropriate workplace COVID management practices in accordance with both our agency partner protocols and our physician advisor’s requirements.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.