Conservation

Youth Corps

 

Polk County Conservation Youth Corps engages and inspires diverse youth through hands-on environmental stewardship projects, outdoor recreation, and conservation education. 

Youth Corps offers paid service-learning opportunities for ages 14+ in Polk County, Iowa. We have spring, summer, and fall options for Crew Members (ages 14-18) and summer positions for Crew Leaders (ages 19+). Join us!

SAFE - SOCIAL - SERVICE LEARNING

Crew Members

SPRING 2023 

Get out of the house and work outside in parks this spring. We'll be socially distanced and masked when distance is not possible. We provide transportation for those who need it, equipment, tools, training, and food. For teenagers who want to make a difference in the outdoors.

  • Work | 5 weeks - Tuesdays & Thursdays after school + 2 Saturdays & 1 Sunday
  • Meet | TBD (Tues./Thurs. 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM, Sat. 8am-3:00pm)
  • Dates | March 28 + 30, April 4 + 6, 11 + 13, 15 - 16, 18 + 20,  25 + 27, April 29
  • Earn | $400 Stipend + Overnight camping trip 
  • Apply | Applications close February 1, 2023

 

SUMMER 2023

Youth ages 14-18 form daytime summer crews. Teams of 10 teens and 2 adult leaders work on challenging projects that help the community and learn fun outdoor skills each week. Everyone earns a weekly stipend.

  • Work | 4 weeks - Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Dates:
    • Session 1:June 5 - June 30
    • Session 2: July 10 - August 4
  • Earn | $200 Stipend per week ($800 total) + 2-night camping trip 
  • Apply | Applications close April 15, 2023

FALL 2023

The 8-week fall session meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school (4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.) and four Saturdays (8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.). This crew experience will include two overnight camping trips in Iowa during the session, each one paired with one of our Saturday workdays.

  • Work | 8 weeks - Tuesdays & Wednesdays after school + 4 Saturdays + 1 Sunday
  • Dates| TBD
  • Earn  | $650 Stipend + Overnight camping trip
  • Apply| Applications close August 2023

 

 

Crew Leaders

Spend your summer outside and inspire young people through environmental stewardship projects. Gain experience with habitat restoration, crew supervision, facilitating conversations, and teaching outdoor skills. Find more information here.

Questions?

Visit our frequently asked questions (FAQ) page or for more information about this program, contact: 

youthcorps@polkcountyiowa.gov