The Mile High Youth Corps’ Energy & Water Conservation Program engages young adults, ages 17-24, in providing water and energy efficiency measures to income-qualifying households and non-profit facilities. Earning a bi-weekly stipend and an AmeriCorps education award, young people from all economic backgrounds can afford to serve their community and invest in their own personal growth.
Participants work on small crews with 7-9 members for three months to two years, dependent on enrollment terms. Corpsmembers are technically trained to install energy and water-saving measures including Ultra-High Efficiency Toilets (UHETs), low-flow aerators, low-flow showerheads, programmable thermostats and LED light bulbs. Corpsmembers work with clients to educate about behavioral changes and ways to be environmental stewards in the home. Corpsmembers of the Energy & Water Conservation program gain the customer service skills and technical training necessary for careers in the “green” industry.
“Mile High Youth Corps helped me see value in myself and taught me the skills I needed to build a better future.” - Mayra G., MHYC Alum
Energy & Water FAQs
Corpsmembers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, education levels, and work experience. We encourage you to review the Energy & Water Conservation Corpsmember job description to understand specific CM expectations.
Some key highlights:
- High school diploma or GED is required. - Willingness to learn new skills, interact professionally with E&W customers, work successfully within a team, and have a strong commitment to serving their community.
Corpsmembers schedule and complete energy and water assessments for both single-family residences and multi-family complexes. These assessments help Denver area residents save money and reduce their consumption of water and energy resources. Corpsmembers are trained to install energy and water-saving measures in homes to help residences reduce their utility bills. Additionally, Corpsmembers will work with clients to provide education and tips for simple measures they can take to further conserve and reduce their energy and water intake.
Corpsmembers will be trained on best practices for the installation of high-efficiency lighting, low-flow fixtures and low-flow toilets. Corpsmembers are provided training on customer service and will receive First Aid, CPR, and OSHA 10 certificates. In addition, Corpsmembers will complete a wide array of leadership, career-readiness, and site-based activities. Typical education programming includes tours and work days with municipal water agencies, solar panel installers, and community gardens.
Corpsmembers are paid a living stipend on a bi-weekly basis. Stipend amounts can vary depending on Corpsmember experience and roles within the program. At the end of a full service term Corpsmembers are also granted an AmeriCorps education award to be used towards paying back student loans or to apply to post-secondary education expenses.
The Energy & Water Conservation program operates Monday-Thursday 8a-4:30p and Friday 8a-4p; Corpsmembers will follow this schedule for a total of 39.5 hours each week. Federal holidays and most major holidays off.