The Mile High Youth Corps’ Land Conservation Program engages young adults, ages 18-24, in conservation-based work focused on environmental improvements on public land. Participants work on small crews with 7-9 members for three months to two years, dependent on enrollment terms. Crews works includes increasing accessibility for the public, restoring native habitats, and mitigating the effects of catastrophic wildfires and floods. 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.
Corpsmembers receive an education focused on environmental stewardship, civic engagement, healthy living, career readiness, leadership, and social justice. Education at MHYC takes place primarily in the field, with three hours designated for education per week. All crews receive significant tool safety and risk management training. Skill training is tailored for each project and may include: trail construction, native plant and invasive species identification, tree planting, flood and erosion mitigation techniques, and fence construction. Corpsmembers receive First-Aid/CPR and S-212 Wildland Fire Chainsaws certifications.
Variety of Crews Available
Sawyer Crew: Corpsmembers operate chainsaws on invasive tree removal and wildland fire mitigation projects. They receive First-Aid/CPR and S-212 Wildland Fire Chainsaws certifications. Some sawyers will have the opportunity to receive pesticide application training. The use of pesticide is common on invasive tree removal projects.
Hand Crew: Corpsmembers receive training in safe and efficient use of hand tools and/or pesticide application to complete a wide variety of projects. Examples include: trail maintenance and construction, noxious weed removal, pesticide application, and other park development projects.
Fire Crew: Corpsmembers are trained as US Forest Service Type 2 Firefighters and receive their interagency Red Card making them eligible for wildland fire assignments. In addition, Corpsmembers complete fire mitigation projects on US Forest Service lands in the west Denver metro area. Fire mitigation projects include forest thinning and slash pile burning.
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"I am more confident in building community. My previous jobs and school experience were isolating. Being in an environment where I get to learn and interact with my peers has made a big impact on me." - Prashan G., Land Conservation
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