The Corps is mostly composed of young adults aged 18-25 who are considering land management as a potential career or course of study, but all ages and interests are welcome! Corps members serve as part of a 10 person team (8 crew members and 2 crew leaders) as they explore future outdoor careers, learn practical field skills, and develop confidence as emerging leaders in the field of conservation. Corps members receive living stipends, necessary tools and materials, supervision, and housing during their terms of service. Crews are trained to use a variety of hand tools to complete projects, which may include trail building, trail repair, invasive species removal, re-vegetation, riparian zone restoration, and more.
Most importantly, members are able to expand their professional network while gaining invaluable advice and insight working alongside the National Park Service, US Forest Service, South Carolina State Park Service, Palmetto Conservation Foundation’s corporate partners, and volunteers.
Crew leaders will need to have had some exposure to similar conservation projects in the past, or extensive experience as a leader. Crew Leaders must be willing to motivate and lead crew members, work hard, maintain positive attitudes with atypical service days, and work well as part of a team. Crew leaders will complete 1700+ hours of service during their 12 month term (starting in August), will receive a living allowance, and will be eligible for an education award at the completion of their service.
No conservation experience is needed but a love of the outdoors will be necessary. Crew members must be willing to work hard, maintain positive attitudes with atypical work days and work well as part of a team. Crew members will complete 900+ hours of service during their 6 month term (August through February or February through July), will receive a living allowance, and will be eligible for an education award at the completion of their service.
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