In 2009, Mile High Youth Corps merged with Colorado Legends and Legacies Youth Corps of Colorado Springs, which had been established in 2005. This merger created an MHYC regional office in Colorado Springs and expanded service opportunities to seven additional counties in the Southern Front Range.
The Land Conservation Program is the oldest program at MHYC and offers two separate terms: summer (May-August) and fall (August-November). Inspired from the tradition of the 1930’s Civilian Conservation Corps, the Land Conservation Program provides opportunities for young adults ages 18-24 to participate in a variety of crew-based environmental rehabilitation and habitat restoration projects.
Each term offers an opportunity to serve with the same diverse crew of young adults all season long, while choosing between either an overnight or day crew. Corpsmembers have the opportunity to earn certifications, including an S212 chainsaw equivalency certificate, and first aid and CPR, as well as gaining valuable hands-on skills for a career in Natural Resources. Each crew serves for 10 to 12 weeks on a variety of projects, including trail building and maintenance, fire and flood mitigation, habitat restoration and park development. The land conservation service projects completed by MHYC Corpsmembers impacts hundreds of acres of parks, trails and open spaces each year in Colorado.
This program is currently available in Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Canyon City. Check out our current Corpsmember positions here.
What does MHYC look for in Land Conservation candidates?
Candidates must be between the ages of 17 & 24, have a GED or high school diploma, or be actively pursuing one. Successful candidates will demonstrate the following qualities:
- Strong personal work ethic and initiative
- Excited and able to work outside for long periods of time in all types of weather
- Commitment to service
- Comfortable with physical labor
- Open to new challenges
- Eager to push beyond personal comfort zones
- Willing to work with diverse groups & teams
For more information and outcomes check out our Land Conservation fact sheet.