2020 Program Summary

The mission of the Clearwater Basin Youth Conservation Corps (CBYCC) is to expose youth to natural resource career opportunities and facilitate development of practical problem-solving skills while participants work alongside program and technical specialists on projects that restore aquatic and terrestrial habitat and promote healthy rural communities. The CBYCC is a paid youth program offering local youth an opportunity to experience the outdoors in a work-place setting while also providing a fun learning environment and exposure to traditional skills.

The CBYCC is a partnership effort between the Clearwater RC&D, Clearwater Economic Development Association, USDA Forest Service, Clearwater Basin Collaborative, US Army Corps of Engineers, National Park Service, Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Idaho Department of Labor, Idaho Firewise, Idaho County, and other local industries, communities, and organizations.

This program was piloted in 2013 and has been growing every year to include new crews, new geographic areas, and new partners. For the 2020 field season, the CBYCC will employ 6 full crews: 1 in Grangeville, 2 in Kamiah/Kooskia, 1 in Orofino, 1 in Pierce, and 1 in Potlatch. Each crew is comprised of a 5-person team of youth ages 16–18 and 1 adult crew leader. The program will also include 2 youth on the Forest Service’s Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness trail crews and 2 “Frontliners” at Forest Service Ranger Stations for a total of 32 youth and 6 crew leaders employed for 8 weeks.

Each field crew will work on a variety of projects including those that focus on silviculture, wildlife and fisheries, facilities maintenance, recreation, fuels reduction, trail development, weed management, stream restoration, and protection of heritage and other high conservation value sites as well as exposure community volunteerism. The intent is that work projects provide a valuable experience for the crew, but also accomplish a productive task for the sponsoring partner. Participants also have an opportunity to discover the various land management agencies and both for-profit and non-profit organizations operating right in their backyard.

The CBYCC provides all training, personal protective gear, basic tools, and transportation for the crews as well as all supervision and management.

2020 SEASON APPLICATION LINKS AND INFORMATION: Youth crews will begin work on June 10, 2020 and complete their final projects by August 4, 2020.


Apply to be a Wilderness Trail Crew Member

Now hiring 2 youth to assist the Forest Service Wilderness Trail Crew in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. Positions for the 2020 season will be based out of the Fenn Ranger Station.

Hiring for the Wilderness Trail Crew is handled separately from the Youth Crew Members due to the specialized requirements of the position. Applicants must be no younger or older than 18.  

Interested applicants may download the RFQ for Wilderness Trail Crew here. Application instructions are included in the RFQ and are due by April 26, 2020.


Apply to be a Crew Leader

Now accepting applications for 2020 Crew Leads for the following crews:

  • Grangeville
  • Orofino

Positions are open until filled. Information on 2020 openings, RFQ, and complete job announcement can be downloaded here.


Apply to be a Youth Crew Member

Hiring is now closed for 2020 Youth Crew Members

  • Grangeville (5 positions)
  • Kamiah/Kooskia (10 positions)
  • Orofino (5 positions)
  • Pierce (5 positions)
  • Potlatch (5 positions)

Additionally, we are hiring 2 youth ages 16–18 to assist at local Forest Service Ranger Stations with greeting the public, answering questions, and other administrative tasks as assigned. Locations will be posted soon.

Applications for Crew Members is now closed. Wilderness Trail Crew applications are open through April 16! Additional information on 2020 Crew Leader positions is coming soon! Check this page, along with our Facebook: Clearwater Basin Youth Conservation Corps and Instagram: CBYCC for application details.


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