Would you like a job where you can make a difference?
Do you want to know what it’s like to be excited to go to work?
Do you want to benefit your community?
Do you want to be outdoors every day?
Do you want to make friends that will last a lifetime?
If you want to know the feeling of building something that’s going to last….
If you want to be part of a team and push yourself to your limits…
This is what we do.
Join us as for our 2021 Land Conservation Leader program! We need need enthusiastic, hard-working individuals to lead our crews on land conservation projects. Receive seven weeks of dedicated training in leadership development and project skills, then lead a crew of nine individuals as they serve across the stunning open spaces and mountain parks of the Colorado Front Range. Personal growth, friendship, and endurance thrive here. You’ll learn how to build trails, create rock structures, control erosion, eradicate invasive species, build log fencing, and plant native species. Put your personal development at the top of your priority list, next to community service and environmental impact. Get paid biweekly while doing what you love and earn a scholarship at the same time!
Never had a job outside? Not sure if you like this kind of work? That's okay! Our goal is to support you with the knowledge and team that you need to be successful. All we ask is that you bring your dedication to hard work, a positive attitude, and a commitment to a year you’ll never forget.
“I feel so lucky to have worked at MHYC the last three months! I loved my crew and all of the amazing memories we made. MHYC does a great job of making their employees feel like they’re kept in the loop and they’re also great at making others feel welcomed. Community meetings are always fun and you get to catch up with other crews. Everyone on our crew always felt like they were being heard and we overcame challenges this season that would have been a lot more discouraging if everyone hadn’t participated. BEST JOB I’VE EVER HAD. I’ve made soooo many great friends! It’s something I was becoming desperate for after being in a new town for only two weeks! I know I’ll remain friends with almost everyone on my crew.” – Ellen W.
“Mile High has taught me how to be more professional in a work environment, developed my saw skills and gave me a million amazing experiences… At Mile High everyone is themselves and can be themselves comfortably. It helped me learn to work with people who are very different from me and how to interact with those people kindly. It opened up so many opportunities for me that I can’t even take them all. It has also given me some of the best experiences of my life!” – Caleb B.
“It was an awesome experience…I am proud of learning trail maintenance and building rock steps. I learned how to take feedback, because I am not perfect, and no matter what there is always room for improvement. I realized I am an adult and I’m the one that has to make the rest of my life great!” Teeah T.
As an organization, Mile High Youth Corps is committed to the work of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. We strive to do this through practices that are culturally responsive, transparent, and representative. We invest time educating and evaluating ourselves. Our request is that participants in this program take this work as seriously as we do. Participants will go through training focused on this work. As part of how we hold ourselves accountable, we create space for everyone’s voice and feedback. If throughout this process, you have questions, comments, or concerns, we are always happy to discuss them further.
What We Do Every Day:
Serve on projects that have a positive, lasting impact on the environment throughout 24 Colorado counties (transportation is provided)
Form close-knit crews of 9 young adults who share a passion for service
Camp at the project site during the week (usually Monday- Thursday or Tuesday-Friday); everyone is provided with camping gear and food for the duration of their trip; crews return home for several days between trips
Participate in four hours per week of educational activities on environmental stewardship, civic engagement, healthy living, leadership & career development, and social justice
Summary of Benefits:
During the spring training season, Land Conservation Leaders (LCLs) will receive a bi-weekly stipend of $880 (before taxes). After training, LCLs will receive a bi-weekly stipend of $1040 (before taxes). At the completion of the program, LCLs will have made a total of $17,040 (before taxes).
Upon completing the program, LCLs will receive a $4,336.50 AmeriCorps Education Award, which can be used for tuition or paying qualified student loans.
Throughout the program, LCLs have access to: five free mental health counseling sessions, on-property food bank, health insurance (eligible after a 60-day period), limited support for transportation and housing needs, and career counseling.
LCLs may earn certifications in a variety of areas including: Mental Health First Aid, First Aid/CPR, Wilderness First Aid, S-212 Wildland Fire Chainsaws, Leave No Trace, Ecological Restoration, Pesticide Application, Trail Structures, and others.
This is a full-time temporary position, from March 29th – November 19th, 2021
All employees are scheduled to serve 40 hours per week
Schedules are set in advance, but can vary from week to week depending on holidays and organization-wide programming. Once a month, all employees participate in education and community building. These 4-hour organization-wide programming sessions will likely be virtual.
Between 19-24 years old and eligible to legally serve in the United States. Documentation will be required on the first day.
Must be eligible for enrollment in AmeriCorps as a US Citizen, National, or Lawful Permanent Resident. Documentation will be required on the first day.
High School Diploma or equivalency required.
Must be physically fit and capable of participating in intense physical labor including but not limited to: ability to lift 50 lbs., spend 8-10 hours a day in all weather conditions, hike 7 miles with a day-pack, conduct repetitive hand and arm motions, and maneuver in tight spaces, including bending and kneeling.
Able to commit to the entire term of service, March 29-November 19, 2021.
Some LCLs will be required to drive MHYC vehicles. Drivers must be at least 21 years old, possess a valid driver’s license and have an insurable DMV record.
MHYC is committed to hiring candidates with unique backgrounds and perspectives. If you are interested in this position but are concerned that you do not meet all of the requirements or possess all of the necessary skills, or that prior convictions or your background might disqualify you, we encourage you to submit an application anyway.
Mile High Youth Corps is committed to diversity in principle and practice, both in the community at large and within the organization. We are, therefore, committed to having our internal operations and employment practices administered on a non-discriminating basis inclusive of, but not limited to, race, religion, color, socio-economic status, gender, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, physical or mental disability, marital status, or national origin. Every effort shall be made to grant reasonable accommodation for qualified people with disabilities to participate in this AmeriCorps program.
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