Conservation Corps

Strengthening Youth, Connecting Communities—Since 1995

The NorthWoods Conservation Corps is a hands-on conservation-based education and employment program for young people ages 15 – 20. Crew members are hired from communities surrounding project areas and are provided with high-quality conservation training and environmental education. The experience provides an excellent opportunity for youth to explore career paths in various fields of conservation and science. The Conservation Corps fields crews annually in five New England states and provides more than 10,000 hours of environmental education and conservation training every year.

The program builds upon nearly two decades of science, forestry, and education work completed by the NorthWoods Stewardship Center in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. Initial funding for FSI was provided by the Canaday Family Charitable Trust. Ongoing funding comes from private donations, from fee-for-service consulting, grants, federal forestry incentive programs, and a modest income from sustainable timber harvests in our demonstration forest.

The Crews

Kingdom Corps Day Crews (ages 15-18)

Two community day crews operate primarily in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont (Caledonia, Essex, and Orleans counties). Community crews work five days a week, eight hours a day on priority conservation- and community-service projects in their local communities.

The NorthWoods Crew is based in East Charleston at the NorthWoods Stewardship Center and carries out projects in the northern portion of the Northeast Kingdom. 6 crew members, 2 crew leaders

The Caledonia Crew completes projects in the southern portion of the Northeast Kingdom and meets daily in East Burke. 6 crew members, 2 crew leaders

Kingdom Corps Backcountry Crew (ages 16 – 20)

The Backcountry Crew works five days a week and stays at a remote spike camp set up near project sites located throughout northern Vermont and New Hampshire. Crew members learn advanced trail-building and maintenance skills and gain valuable wilderness experience. 6 crew members, 2 crew leaders

Spring & Fall Conservation Crews (ages 18+)

NorthWoods spring and fall crews complete priority projects throughout our operating area and will camp or travel to contract-service sites. Contact us to learn more.

US Fish and Wildlife Service Youth Conservation Corps Crews (ages 15-18)

Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) <strong>Crews</strong> are operated in partnership with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) and work under the supervision of NorthWoods directors and USFWS personnel. Crew members are hired from communities surrounding seven National Wildlife Refuge locations:

Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge (Connecticut River Watershed):

  • Nulhegan Basin Division (Brunswick, VT)
  • Pondicherry Division (Whitefield, NH)
  • Blueberry Swamp Division (Colebrook, NH)
  • Fort River Division (Hadley, MA)

Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge (Errol, NH)

Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge (Swanton, VT)

Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge (Westbrook, CT)

Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge (Charlotte, ME) – Leaders Only

Our Conservation Corps Staff

Luke O'Brien
Luke O'BrienDevelopment & Trails Director
Ross Stevens
Ross StevensConservation Service Corps Director
Jack Markoski
Jack Markoski AmeriCorps Conservation Assistant

Stay Up to Date!

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