Conservation Corps

Spend a season in Rocky Mountain National Park and Surrounding National Forests

The Rocky Mountain Conservancy’s Conservation Corps (RMC-CC) provides an unforgettable experience for young adults aged 18-30. No matter your outdoor experience or knowledge, you are welcome to spend your summer with us completing hands-on conservation work in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. For eleven weeks, RMC-CC crews work side by side with Rocky Mountain National Park and Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest professionals. RMC-CC crews will spend their summer constructing and maintaining trails, restoring historic buildings, and learning from expert Park Service and Forest Service land managers.

The Rocky Mountain Conservancy-Conservation Corps is an AmeriCorps Program through The Corps Network.

 Conservation Corps Applications open now! Click this link to apply.

The upcoming 2024 RMC-CC season is from May 28 – August 9, 2024.

Meet the 2023 RMC Conservation Corps in our 2023 Corps Yearbook!

Check out the Conservation Corps Projects – Story Map to see the variety of locations the RMC-CC works.

What questions do you have? Visit the Conservation Corps FAQ for more info.

 

Applications Open Now!

2024 RMC Conservation Corps Application – Open Now!

Please complete the above application, AND send a copy of your resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to Opportunity@RMConservancy.org. Your application will not be considered until you share these documents with us.

Position Descriptions

Crew Leader Position Description

Crew Member Position Description

Compensation

Members will receive an $880 living stipend every two weeks during the season, and a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of the program. Crew Leaders will earn $1080 every two weeks, as well as an Americorps Education Award. Please visit the AmeriCorps website for more information on the Education Award.

All work clothing, safety equipment, camping locations, and camping gear will be provided by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.

Crew Living, Working, and Camping Locations

Crews are located throughout northern Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park and Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forests. Each crew will live and work in either Rocky Mountain National Park or the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forests. Below you will find information about each of the RMC-CC’s crews, including living location, work schedule, and general type of work throughout the season. These details may be subject to slight changes throughout the season.

All RMC Conservation Corps crews will work from May 28 to August 9, 2024. The optional extended season through late October is available to all Corps members.

 

Crews Partnering with the National Park Service in Rocky Mountain National Park

Vegetation Crew (5 crew members, 1 crew leader)

– Camping in tents throughout the summer in Rocky Mountain National Park campgrounds

– Invasive plant removal via herbicide application, ecological restoration, native plant reintroduction

– Training in plant identification, herbicide safety and use, potential greenhouse experience

– 4 days on, 3 days off, no backcountry work planned

– Rocky Mountain National Park – Plants (link)

Moraine Trails Crew (5 crew members, 1 crew leader)

– Camping in tents throughout the summer in Rocky Mountain National Park campgrounds

– Trail maintenance and construction across East side of Rocky Mountain National Park

– Technical rock work on Longs Peak Trail

– 4 days on, 3 days off, regular 8-day backcountry hitches on Longs Peak Trail

– Rocky Mountain Conservancy Supports Longs Peak Trail Work (link)

Kawuneeche Trail Crew (5 crew members, 1 crew leader) (Prouncounced Ka-wun-ee-che)

– Camping in tents throughout the summer in Rocky Mountain National Park campgrounds

– Trail maintenance and construction across the West side of Rocky Mountain National Park, and along the Colorado River

– Rerouting and establishing the Green Mountain and Sun Valley trails

– Training in highline rigging and safety, technical rockwork, and sustainable trail construction

– 4 days on, 3 days off, no backcountry work planned

Facilities Crew (5 crew members, 1 crew leader)

– Camping in tents throughout the summer in Rocky Mountain National Park campgrounds

– General repair and maintenance across NPS Buildings and structures (painting, construction, etc.)

– Training in trades to maintain buildings, construction and carpentry techniques, painting+preservation work, project management

– 4 days on, 3 days off, no backcountry work planned

– Rocky Mountain National Park – History and Culture (link)

 

Crews Partnering with the US Forest Service in Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forests

Sulphur Crew (8 crew members, 2 crew leaders)

– Camps in tents throughout the summer near Grand Lake, Colorado

– Trail maintenance, construction, tree clearing

– Certification in crosscut saw bucking

– 4 days on, 3 days off, occasional backcountry hitches

– USFS Sulphur Ranger District website (link)

Canyon Lakes Crew (8 crew members, 2 crew leaders)

– Lives in Stub Creek Forest Service Cabin in Rawah Wilderness

– Trail maintenance, construction, tree clearing

– Certification in crosscut saw bucking

– 4 days, 3 days off, occasional backcountry hitches

– USFS Canyon Lakes Ranger District website (link)

Boulder Crew (8 crew members, 2 crew leader)

– Camps in tents throughout the summer near Nederland, Colorado

– Trail maintenance, construction, technical rock work

– Training in technical rock work and sustainable trail building

– 4 days on, 3 days off, potential backcountry hitches

– USFS Boulder Ranger District website (link)

– Boulder Climbing Community – Front Range Climbing Stewards website (link)

Extended Season Crew (5 crew members, 1 crew leader)

– Camps in tents in a variety of locations- mainly Estes Park and Nederland. August 19 – October 17.

– Trail maintenance, construction, technical rock work

– 4 days on, 3 days off, backcountry hitches with Poudre Wilderness Volunteers

– Technical rock work on the Thumb Open Space trail

– Will work with a variety of agencies, including USFS, NPS, and Town of Estes Park