Conservation Corps

Spend a season in Rocky Mountain National Park and Surrounding Forests

The Rocky Mountain Conservancy’s Conservation Corps (RMC-CC) provides a unique experience for young adults aged 18-26. 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.

The upcoming 2023 RMC-CC season is from May 31 – August 10, with an optional Extended Season Crew from August 21 – October 19.

Conservation Corps FAQ

 

Applications and Position Descriptions for 2023 season will be posted in Mid-October, 2022

 

If you do not already have a resumé or cover letter, feel free to use these provided templates to build one. You do not need to use these templates if you already have a resumé and cover letter.

Cover letter template

Resumé template

Meet the 2021 RMC Conservation Corps in our End-of-Season Portfolio!

 

Compensation

Members will receive a biweekly living stipend during the season, and a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of the program. Please visit the AmeriCorps website for more information on the Education Award.

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

Crew Locations and Housing

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 crews will work from May 31 to August 10, 2023. The optional extended season through October 19 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, native plant reintroduction, herbicide application, ecological restoration

– 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 Long’s Peak Trail

– 4 days on, 3 days off, regular backcountry hitches on Long’s Peak Trail

– Rocky Mountain Conservancy Supports Long’s Peak Trail Work (link)

Ka-wun-ee-che 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 the West side of Rocky Mountain National Park

– 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

Historical Preservation Crew (7 crew members, 1 crew leader)

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

– Rebuilding and revitalizing campsites and fire rings in Moraine Park Campground, rebuilding the deck at the historic William Allen White house in Rocky Mountain National Park.

– Training in historic preservation, construction and carpentry techniques, 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 (6 crew members, 1 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, occasional 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 21 – October 19.

– Trail maintenance, construction, technical rock work

– 4 days on, 3 days off, backcountry hitches with Indian Peaks Wilderness Allaince (link)

– Technical rock work on the Thumb Open Space trail (link)

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