The mission of the John Day Basin Conservation Corps is to build the next generation of environmental stewards by providing military veterans and local youth resources to gain relevant work experience, skills, and a deeper connection to the outdoors.
Youth Conservation Crew
Thanks to funding from the Oregon Youth Conservation Corps and several others, the NFJDWC hires crews of local teenagers every summer to work on watershed enhancement and restoration projects. In 2018 these projects included willow planting, bike path repair, fish salvage, song meter deployment, wildlife exclusion fencing, river clean-up, forest trail maintenance, and and artificial beaver dam construction. Overall this summer employment program provides our local youth the opportunity to learn new skills and enjoy the local environment while gaining what is, for many of them, their first paid work experience.
Veterans Wilderness Trail Crew
The Veteran Wilderness Trails Crew provides military veterans a pathway into the natural resources management industry. The “Wild Vets” work with the Umatilla and Malheur National Forests, completing trail construction and maintenance, bridge construction, rock drainage work, and when conditions and training permits – prescribed burning. Wild Vet crew members will gain such benefits as workforce and career development training, resume building, soft and technical skills, certifications, and more. The veteran crew works a 22-24 week long term, operating on an 8 day on, 6 day off rotation in which they’ll spend the majority of their time camped out on hitches in the wilderness areas.
The position descriptions are linked below, along with how to send in your application!
Interested in hiring a crew for the summer? Call or email us at the provided contact information below!