The 21st Century Conservation Corps (21CSC) was an initiative launched under the Obama Administration to grow the Corps movement by expanding private-public partnerships. By giving more young adults and veterans the opportunity to work and serve on America’s public lands, the 21CSC initiative sought to improve our infrastructure, boost local economies, and train a new generation of conservation workers.
The 21CSC was overseen by the Partnership for the 21CSC (P-21CSC): a public-private partnership of Corps, federal resource management agencies, and aligned partners from the nonprofit, business, and education communities. The P-21CSC was co-chaired by The Corps Network and Conservation Legacy.
A Note About 21CSC Membership
From 2012 to 2019, the Partnership for the 21CSC operated a process through the U.S. Forest Service in which conservation service organizations that engage young people and veterans could officially be recognized as “21CSC members.” In place of this process, youth/veteran-serving organizations are encouraged to learn more about seeking agreements and contracts with the federal agencies that were involved in 21CSC and continue to support Corps programming. Each federal land or resource management agency has its own processes for engaging partners under the authority of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps initiative or Public Lands Corps (PLC) Act.
What does it mean now to be a 21CSC member organization?
Click to view an archived list of organizations that were granted 21CSC membership under the old process. We encourage these organizations to stay engaged with The Corps Network.
Connect with federal agencies to pursue contract/agreement
If your organization engages young adults and/or veterans in outdoor service and job training and you are interested in pursuing a relationship with one or more of the federal resource management agencies, please see below for more information. The following agencies have the authority to enter into contracts or cooperative agreements with “qualified youth service and conservation corps” (see below for more details) to perform mission-critical conservation and preservation projects.
US Forest Service
- Point of Contact: Merlene Mazyck, [email protected]
- Youth Programs Information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/working-with-us/opportunities-for-young-people
- Partnership Information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/working-with-us/partnerships
National Park Service
- Point of Contact: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/youthprograms/contacts.htm
- Partnership Information: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/partnerships/partner-with-us.htm
- Youth Programs Information:
US Fish and Wildlife Service
- Point of Contact: Patrick Schulze, [email protected]
- Partnership Information: https://www.fws.gov/partner
- Youth Programs Information: https://www.fws.gov/refuges/get-involved/youth/
Bureau of Land Management
- Point of Contact: Michael Brown, [email protected]
- Partnership Information: https://www.blm.gov/get-involved/partnerships
- Youth Programs Information: https://www.blm.gov/careers/students-and-grads/public-lands-corps
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- Point of Contact: n/a
- Partnership Information: https://www.noaa.gov/acquisition-grants