Northwest Youth Corps operates in partnership with various project sponsors across the region including the USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, US Fish and Wildlife Service, state parks and recreation, department of forestry, county parks departments, city park departments, electric/water companies, other non-profits, and private land managers.
Past Project Areas
Why Partner with us?
-Build your capacity to complete projects
-Engage the next generation
-build future workforce
Crews are residential (front country to remote backcountry) and are comprised of: young adults 19-25 years of age (who are trained to operate power equipment); or youth (16-19) who serve in larger crews capable of larger scale projects. This is a work experience which provides each member a stipend, and the crews work hard! NYC crews are almost entirely turn-key, arriving with their own tools, insurance, vehicle, equipment, and trained leadership. NYC staff develop detailed project specifications for each crew to meet our partner’s specific requirements. Partners often make quick visits to crews to discuss the importance of the projects and effective stewardship of public lands.
Our crews are capable of undertaking a wide range of projects:
- Fuels Reduction and other saw work (young adult crews only)
- Buck out and other crosscut work (all crews)
- Trail Construction/Maintenance
- Trail Structures (turnpikes, puncheons, bridges, rock work, steps, retaining walls etc.)
- Invasive Species Removal
- Site restoration, planting and seeding
- Fencing (buck and pole, barbed wire)
- Facilities Maintenance/preservation
- Developed Recreation/Campground Maintenance
NYC places over 100 paraprofessional interns per year in Idaho, Northern California, Oregon and Washington in a wide variety of positions with federal land management agencies, state agencies, municipalities, and non-profits.
Intern Positions include working with:
- Natural Resources Management – trails, invasives, etc.
- Structures – historical buildings, bridges
- Community engagement/outreach
- Special Uses (permitting)
- HR and federal hiring outreach
- Surveying – wildlife, accessibility, trail mapping, boundaries
- Landscape architecture
- Visitor services
- And more…
NYC manages most aspects of administration including recruitment, hiring, onboarding, HR, reimbursements, and mentorship. We also bring match dollars to almost all projects. Many interns who serve through NYC are eligible for hiring authorities and interns receive specialized training on navigating the federal hiring system (USAJobs, resume building, etc.).
NYC intentionally runs programs that are designed to develop a more diverse federal workforce, including the USFS Resource Assistance Program (RAP) and NPS Academy.