2019 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, 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 2019 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 the Kamiah and Potlatch Forest Service Ranger Stations for a total of 34 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.

Crews will begin work on June 12, 2019 and complete their final projects by August 6, 2019.


Apply to be a Crew Leader

Now hiring CBYCC crew leaders for the following crews:

  • Grangeville
  • Kamiah/Kooskia (2) (filled)
  • Orofino
  • Pierce (filled)
  • Potlatch (filled)

View the job announcement here and download the complete RFQ. Positions are open until filled, so apply soon!


Apply to be a Youth Crew Member

Now hiring youth ages 16–18 for the following CBYCC crews:

  • 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. These positions will be located in:

  • Kamiah
  • Potlatch

View the job announcement here.

Positions are only open until April 10, 2019, so apply soon!

Wilderness Trail Crew applications will be separate and are coming soon!


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