CONSERVATION CORPS 18+
Since 2000, this cornerstone program of Rocky Mountain Youth Corps has served up to 150 young people each year through residential, environmental conservation projects and education. RMYC offers a diverse set of hard skills training opportunities including trail work, environmental restoration, historic preservation, wildlife habitat management, invasive species management and wild land fire.
Being part of an RMYC crew involves spending a season living and working with a team of 8-10 people and completing meaningful conservation projects throughout northwest Colorado and Wyoming. Corps members live and work together in a camping environment, completing priority projects during the week, and exploring the beautiful outdoor spaces of the Rocky Mountains on the weekends. Participation involves hard work in tough conditions, but makes for amazing memories and experiences.
TRAIL CREW 18+
Trail Crews are the heart and soul of Rocky Mountain Youth Corps. Each year folks from all over the United States come to Colorado to learn sustainable trail skills and techniques along with a long list of other public land management skills.
Find Job Postings for 2021 Summer/Fall Seasons this November
Who we are: Trail Crew work is physically demanding. On any given day, an RMYC crew can be
found digging new trail, building water bars, constructing trail reroutes, deconstructing old fence lines, reconstructing fence lines, rehabilitating stream habitats and much more. RMYC operates a handful of more specialized Trail Crews on projects such as high elevation peaks management (with The Colorado Fourteeners Initiative) and historic structure preservation projects on public lands.
Where we work: Trail crews work in a variety of different locations throughout Northwest Colorado, Wyoming and Utah. Most crews work in front country locations (i.e. car camping far from paved roads) while others may be on a remote backcountry locations. These crews will be hiking in all crew and personal gear on their backs. Project work varies from year to year and our crews adapt to the work at hand.
Daily life: Members sleep in their tents all season long. RMYC provides all of the materials for the crew to set up an efficient and effective camp where the crew cooks meals. Personal camping supplies (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad etc.) are NOT provided. It is the responsibility of the member to provide these materials.
What to expect: On an RMYC crew, you can expect to spend 99.9% of your time outside. You will work outdoors in all weather conditions and spend your nights sleeping in a tent. You will be dirty, sweaty and physically exhausted after each and every day and will work, live and hang with the crew.. There is time for laundry, showers and some personal technology time on weekends, but please note that RMYC is a 24/7 program and all crew members are expected to be with the crew for the duration of the program.
When crews work: RMYC operates a summer crew season that generally runs from early June to mid-August for a total of a 10-week session. We also offer more specialized crew experiences that run later into the fall. The number of crews in operation during the fall session is generally smaller than the summer. Members and Leaders who participate in the summer season have the option of staying through fall as well, pending performance reviews and crew needs. Our Fall Crew session usually operates from mid-August to Mid-October depending on weather (snow!) and project work.
CHAINSAW CREW 18+
Members of an RMYC Chainsaw Crew come to Northwest Colorado with a variety of chainsaw experience. From experts to first-timers, an RMYC saw crew contains a diverse set of skill levels. But not to worry, all members participate in and pass a rigorous chainsaw safety training before heading out into the field.
Find Job Postings for 2021 Summer/Fall Seasons this November
What we do: Chainsaw crew work is physically demanding. On any given day, an RMYC Saw Crew can be found completing fuels management projects, thinning pine stands, enhancing sage grouse habitat, and more. Crews are given time every day to maintain their saws, sharpen chains, and make sure everything's running smoothly.
Where we work: Chainsaw crews work in a variety of different locations throughout Northwest Colorado, Wyoming and Utah. Most crews work in front country locations (i.e. car camping far from paved roads). Saw crews have lots of gear - chainsaws, gas cans, oil jugs, and the never ending tubs of replacement gear make for quite a lot of weight. Because of this, most saw crew projects are accessible by road.
Daily life: Members will be sleeping in their tents all season long. RMYC provides all of the materials for the crew to set up an efficient and effective camp where the crew will make meals. Personal camping supplies (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad etc.) are NOT provided. It is the responsibility of the member to provide these materials.
What to Expect: RMYC saw crew members can expect to be operating a chainsaw during most of their time with us. When not running saw, members will be "swamping" for their saw partner. Most "swamping" work involves creating slash piles. Safety is the number one priority for our saw crews. Our crews are outfitted with all necessary PPE including hard hats, ear protection, eye protection and chainsaw chaps. Like all other RMYC crews, chainsaw crews operate under our 24/7 program model. Although there is time for personal space, crews are together for the majority of their time with us.
When Crews work: RMYC operates a summer saw crew season that generally runs from early June to mid-August for a total of a 10-week session.
RMYC FIRE CREW 18+
RMYC’s Fire Crew is a great first step for anyone looking to start a career as a wildland firefighter or in other public land management positions. Our members are trained and certified “Red Card” firefighters with the Bureau of Land Management. Fire crew operates similarly to an RMYC Chainsaw and Trail Crew.
What we do: Our Fire Crew completes chainsaw projects throughout Northwest Colorado. These projects include a large amount of fuels mitigation work for the BLM. During project work, our Fire Crew is “on call” to possibly be used as a resource if any local fires start up. At that time, our Fire Crew would then become contract employees with the BLM and earn a wage equivalent to “AD Status” with the Federal Government.
Please note that fire assignments are not guaranteed and there is a possibility of not getting called on a fire.
Where we work: Like most other RMYC crews, our Fire Crew completes saw projects throughout Northwest Colorado. Most of these projects are in the front country and accessible by road.
Daily Life: Fire Crew members are part of RMYC’s 24/7 program model. You will be sleeping in your tent every night and working, cooking, and hanging with the crew most of the time. Please note that members must bring their own personal tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, backpack etc… RMYC provides all supplies for project work and group camp set up.
If the crew is called on a fire, they will be working hard. Typical work days for Wildland Firefighters on a fire assignment are 16 hours long, sleeping in a tent and generally busting out work with hand tools and chainsaws.
What to Expect: RMYC sends the Fire Crew to S-212 Chainsaw Safety Training as well as the S-130 and S-190 Wildland Fire certification courses. Members will also have to pass a field practical and the stamina test (often known as the “pack test”). The Pack Test is a 3 mile walk with a 45-lb backpack strapped to your back. The 3 mile test must be completed in 46 minutes or less to pass.
During project work, members can expect to be running a chainsaw or swamping for their saw partner. Our saw crew members get lots of chainsaw experience, which is a valuable skill if pursuing a career in public land management. As is true of all RMYC crews, safety is the number one priority for our Fire Crew while in the field. RMYC provides all necessary PPE for our members and time is given every day to clean and maintain chainsaws.
When we work: The Wildland Fire Chainsaw Crew generally runs from late May to the middle of October depending on project work and weather. Because of the advanced level of training that members go through, RMYC prefers to hire Fire Members that can commit through the summer and fall seasons.
FROM THE FIELD
A BIG thanks to Jenny Addler (Trail 7, 2017) for letting us share this video of life during a season with RMYC!
A BIG thanks to Taylor Hobson (Trail 2, 2014) for letting us share this video of life during a season with RMYC!