Conservation Corps

Strengthening Youth, Connecting Communities—Since 1995

IMG_9122The 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.


Crew Types

Four different crew types compose the NorthWoods Conservation Corps, including a professional field crew available for hire in spring and fall.


  • 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 Calendonia 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 stay 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


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

    Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) Crews are operated in partnership with the U.S. Fish and 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)
Fort River Division (Hadley, MA)
Fannie Stebbins Division (Springfield, 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


  • 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 at to learn more.

To learn more about NorthWoods trail projects and sign up for our weekly Summer Trail Report, email us at and put ‘Trail Report’ in the subject line.