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YCC Expedition Leader

YCC Expedition Leader
Job Field:
Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management
Water and Soil Resources
Job Type:
Seasonal, Temporary, Internship
Location Detail:
Bozeman or Kalispell
Job Description:

The Montana Conservation Corps (MCC) is currently looking for Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) Expedition Crew Leaders! We focus on the growth of our participants, transferable job skills, and making a positive impact on the climate and environment. YCC Leaders guide Montana Youth on conservation based service projects. These crews work on day projects with a Forest Service district. They help complete conservation goals for their area. They are based in remote communities across Montana, and the youth go home every night. Expedition Leaders will have the opportunity to earn certifications such as Wilderness Advanced First Aid, Youth Mental Health First Aid, and participation in workshops such as Facilitative Leadership and Managing Behavior Using Restorative Justice. These crews provide much necessary opportunities and job skills training for our rural Montana Youth. Are you passionate about youth development? Want to address climate change issues? Want to make a positive impact on the environment? Then this is the perfect opportunity for you! 


Location: Bozeman or Kalispell

Program Dates: 5/16/22 - 8/18/22

Living Allowance: $737 biweekly before taxes are taken out

AmeriCorps Education Award: $1,718.25 upon completion of the program

Member Assistance Program: Free 24/7 access to confidential behavioral health counseling, financial assistance, medical/legal advocacy, and more!

Food Per Diem while on Projects

*Housing is often provided for these leaders


High school degree, GED, or willingness to work towards obtaining a GED

21 years old on the start date of the program

Valid driver’s license, ability to pass a Motor Vehicle Records check

US Citizenship or lawful permanent US Resident

Ability to pass a National Service Criminal History Check

Ability to hike 3-12 miles per day in terrain that can be steep, rocky or uneven, often wearing a 45lb backpack while carrying tools and sometimes backpacking with full packs of 60 – 70lbs

Ability to lift up to 35 pounds repeatedly and use hand and power tools

Effective written and oral communication skills 

Demonstrates strong service ethic and desire to serve the community and the environment

Embraces willingness to work long, hard hours in all weather conditions; ability to be away on overnight trips for up to 14-30 days at a time

Commitment to completing term; available for duration of entire term of service

Passion for working with youth and the outdoors

Experience working with youth ages 14-18


MCC is committed to being diverse, welcoming, and inclusive. We are working to reduce barriers to participating in our programs. We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply.

$1,474 AmeriCorps living stipend

Education Award Use for student loans, certifications, work trade programs, education expenses, and more

Forbearance for certain student loans while serving with AmeriCorps.

Member Assistance Program (MAP) FREE access to 24/7 behavioral health resources. Also includes financial planning, legal assistance, life coaching, and more! 

Living Allowance

AmeriCorps Child Care Benefits

Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)

Meals provided while on projects

Access to Pro Deals

We provide uniform work shirts and transportation to work sites.

Tools and safety gear are covered. Things like hard hat, work gloves, ear protection, safety glasses and group camping gear. We have some items to loan if needed

DEI funds to help purchase gear or travel to Montana.

Housing Opportunities Available!!


Certifications (Depending on Position and Crew Type):

First Aid & CPR 

Youth Mental Health First Aid


Training and Opportunities (Depending on Position and Crew Type):

Training on Resume Building, Interviewing, and Federal Hiring

Hand & Power Tool Use (including chainsaw and crosscut saw)

Backcountry Travel & Navigation

Trail Maintenance & Construction

Leave No Trace

Habitat Management & Improvement

Learn about natural resource management

Develop life skills, work skills, and a strong service ethic

Connect with project partners: federal, state, and non-profits for career opportunities

Join our network of alumni in natural resource careers all over the country

Work in beautiful, wild, and protected places.

Work in National Forests, wilderness areas, and National Parks. 

Make lasting changes to the environment, climate, and our communities.



How to Apply:

Apply on website: 


Upload Resume & optional Cover Letter



Caleb Stewart (he/him/his)

Recruitment & Admissions Manager

Montana Conservation Corps

406-587-4475 ext.106

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