Youth Conservation Corps
Green Collar Workforce

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Feel the double satisfaction of getting big projects done by supporting local youth!

The award-winning SEEDS Youth Corps is available to hire for your projects. We specialize in labor-intensive projects and hard-to-get to locations. While summer is our busiest season, some teams work year-round. Our teams offer help with:

  • Land management: invasive species control, habitat restoration, native and pollinator  plantings

  • Trail development and maintenance: including wetlands, steep slopes, riparian corridors

  • Light construction: boardwalks, decks, raised beds, retaining walls, green building techniques

  • Energy efficiency: weatherization, monitoring, efficiency and renewable technology installation support

  • Small scale farming and gardening including edible landscaping

  • Historic preservation

  • Moving, painting, clearing, cleaning…and more 

SEEDS Youth Corps has completed projects for parks, land conservancies, municipal government bodies, conservation districts, nonprofits, businesses, and individuals. We are formally recognized by the US Department of Interior as a "21st Century Service Corps" and a member in good standing with The Corps Network

The Basics

SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps empowers youth through service learning projects and the development of green collar job skills. Teams of three-to-six youth ages 16-25 are supervised by an adult SEEDS Team Leader. This team-based training program is modeled after the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930’s New Deal. 

SEEDS provides Youth Corps members with training, transportation, and basic tools. You provide the scope of work and the site. Contact us to discuss your project, timing, and budget! References are available upon request.

Youth Engagement

Youth Corps members earn hourly wages and must demonstrate good discipline to stay in the program. When they graduate from the season, they will have earned important life skills, industry recognized credentials, experience, and frequently a scholarship for additional education or training.

We recruit heavily in underserved populations challenged by poverty, documented behavior issues, foster care involvement, and/or other developmental challenges.

What is a Green Collar Job?

Green Collar industries bring economic value to a community while also adding value to the natural resources and the social fabric of a community. Green Collar jobs are good for people and the planet. 

Our National affiliate, The Corps Network

Established in 1985, The Corps Network is the voice of the nation's 130+ Service and Conservation Corps. Currently operating in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Corps annually enroll more than 25,000 young people in service every year. Corps annually generate over 20 million hours of service every year.

 

Take a peak at a portfolio of our past projects here!