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21 Jul 2021

Temporary Fall Forestry Corpsmember: Trail or Saw

Mile High Youth Corps – Posted by Mile High Youth Corps Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States

Mile High Youth Corps

Job Description

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 for our 2021 Fall Forestry (FF) program! FF is a team-based, 10 week-long program for individuals between the ages 18-24. FF participants (called Corpsmembers) serve on environmental stewardship projects on public lands throughout the Southern Front Range region. Corpsmembers will be enrolled in AmeriCorps—a national community service program. This means, 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. We will provide you with hands-on training related to all projects.

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.

Apply on our website at

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 highly encourage you to submit an application anyway.

Alumni Testimonials:

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.

“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.

What We Do Every Day:

  • Serve on projects that have a positive, lasting impact on the environment throughout 23 Colorado counties (transportation is provided)
  • Form close-knit crews of 9 young adults (18 – 24 years old) 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 Compensation and Benefits:

  • Biweekly Stipend – Earn a living stipend of $960.00 before taxes paid every 2 weeks. Total program stipend is $4,800.
    • Leadership Opportunities available: Corpsmember Drivers are eligible for a living stipend of $980.00. Returning Corpsmembers earn $1,000.00. More information available on request.
    • AmeriCorps Education Award – Earn a scholarship of $1,311.11 upon successful completion of the term (300 hours of service). This award can be used to pay tuition, pay back qualifying student loans or go on an expedition through a wilderness school! Corpsmembers have 7 years to use the award.
    • Student Loan Forbearance – Corpsmembers can apply to put their qualified federal student loans on hold during their term through the National Service Trust.
  • Health Insurance – Corpsmembers are eligible for health insurance the 1st of the month after serving at MHYC for 60 days. Corpsmember contribution required.
  • Counseling – Corpsmembers receive up to 5 free mental health counseling sessions per year.
  • Networking – Corpsmembers have daily opportunities to network with federal, state and local natural resources professionals and access to a vast alumni network!


This is a full-time temporary position from August 23-October 29, 2021.

  • 300 hours of service in a 10 week commitment.
  • All positions require overnight camping (known as hitches).
  • 40 hour weeks in 4-day hitches, Monday-Thursday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • All Corpsmembers are additionally required to serve:
    • Friday, September 10 from 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. due to holiday observed on Labor Day (September 6).
    • Friday, October 1 and October 29 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. for in-house programming, including career readiness training, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion training and Community Meetings.


  • Between the ages of 18-24.
  • High school or GED/HSE graduate or still enrolled.
  • Must be eligible for enrollment in AmeriCorps as a US Citizen, National or Lawful Permanent Resident. Documentation will be required on the first day. Must bring identification documents necessary to complete the I-9 and other forms on your first day.
  • Must be physically fit, able to lift 50 lbs., spend 8-10 hours a day in all weather conditions (e.g., sun, heat, wind, rain, etc.) and hike 7 miles with a day-pack.
  • Able to camp between 4 and 9 consecutive days at a time in all weather conditions.
  • Able to be on time and maintain consistent attendance throughout term of service. Must commit to complete the program. 

Corpmembers have the choice to serve on a variety of technical crews. MHYC staff will work with you to find the best match! 

Sawyer Crew:  Corpsmembers operate chainsaws on invasive tree removal and wildland fire mitigation projects. They receive First-Aid/CPR and S-212 Wildland Fire Chainsaws certifications. Some sawyers will have the opportunity to receive pesticide application training. The use of pesticide is common on invasive tree removal projects.

Hand Crew:  Corpsmembers receive training in safe and efficient use of hand tools to complete a wide variety of projects. Examples include: trail maintenance and construction, noxious weed removal, pesticide application and other park development projects.

Apply on our website at

Questions? Email [email protected] or call 719-630-7421 ext. 403. 

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.

How to Apply

Click here to apply online on our website.

Job Categories: Conservation. Job Types: Temporary. Salaries: Less than 20,000.

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