What is a Veteran Corps?
Several Corps operate programs designed to provide military veterans (typically up to age 35) with the opportunity to train for service-focused civilian careers in conservation and resource management. Veterans Corps often focus on projects like wildland firefighting, habitat restoration, and historic preservation.
Healing and Learning Alongside Peers
The transition from military service to civilian life can be challenging. Many veterans experience a lack of purpose and feel they no longer have the level of job confidence or peer support they once had. Veterans Conservation Corps address these challenges by allowing veterans to build on their military experience and service ethic by training for careers in resource management.
The Corps model benefits veterans in a range of ways: it provides a similar structure and sense of purpose as the military; offers the therapeutic benefits of getting outdoors and working with fellow veterans; and helps participants transition back to civilian life through skills development and other supportive services.
The basic program model allows veterans to serve full-time for several months, completing conservation projects focused on wildfire protection, recreation enhancement, and habitat restoration. Corpsmembers receive training and certifications, are paid a living allowance, and, in many cases, receive a post-program AmeriCorps Education Award.
The following list includes Service and Conservation Corps that engage veterans (current as of 2020). To learn more about opportunities, please reach out to Corps directly.
- American Conservation Experience (National)
- American YouthWorks (TX)
- California Conservation Corps (CA)
- Canyon Country Youth Corps (UT)
- Civic Works (MD)
- CLIMB CDC Conservation Corps (MS)
- Community Training Works, Inc. (FL)
- Conservation Corps of the Forgotten and Emerald Coasts (FL)
- Conservation Legacy (National)
- Delaware State Parks (DE)
- GEM Environmental (NV)
- Great Basin Institute (NV)
- Great Lakes Community Conservation Corps (WI)
- Green Mountain Club (VT)
- Greencorps Chicago (IL)
- Heart of Oregon Corps (OR)
- Kansas Outdoor AmeriCorps Action Team (KS)
- Larimer County Conservation Corps (CO)
- Limitless Vistas, Inc. (LA)
- Maine Conservation Corps (ME)
- Mile High Youth Corps (CO)
- Montana Conservation Corps (MT)
- Mt. Adams Institute (National)
- Palmetto Conservation Corps (SC)
- Rocky Mountain Youth Corps – New Mexico (NM)
- Student Conservation Association (National)
- Utah Conservation Corps (UT)
- Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VT)
- Walker Basin Conservancy (NV)
- Watershed Committee of the Ozarks
- Western Colorado Conservation Corps (CO)
- Wyoming Conservation Corps (WY)
- X-Cel Education (MA)