Crew Members

Crew Member Opportunities (ages 15-18)

Gain work experience through challenging and meaningful projects. Learn how to restore forests, prairies, and wetlands in Iowa. Use teamwork and gain outdoor skills.
Spend about 75% of your time working on outdoor projects. You might maintain trails, remove invasive plants, plant seedlings, or pick up trash. At other times, you will learn about leadership and the environment or try outdoor recreation. The program will include at least one required overnight camping trip.
Each crew meets at the same designated site each day.
Once you get there, we provide transportation, a daily snack, lunch on Saturdays and all summer days, uniform t-shirts, safety gear, instruction, and supervision for each project. You will have the chance to work hard, make friends, have fun, and earn some money while helping public lands!
Basic Requirements
  • Interested in working outside
  • Eager to contribute positively to a team
  • Attentive and receptive to instruction
  • Able to responsibly use tools and follow safety guidelines

Physical Expectations

  • Plan to move around a lot during Youth Corps. Days will involve standing, walking, sitting, squatting, kneeling, reaching, using hand tools, communicating, and other related tasks.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be provided.
  • The program is held outdoors where you may experience cold, heat, humidity, sunburn, insect bites, poison ivy, or other natural elements common in Iowa. 


Program Details

SPRING 2021 

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 & Wednesdays after school + 3 Saturdays
  • Meet | Hoover High School (Tues./Wed. 3:45-7pm, Sat. 8am-3:30pm)
  • Dates | March 30, 31 + April 3, 6-7, 13-14, 17, 20-21, 27-28, 30 + May 1-2
  • Earn | $400 Stipend + Overnight camping trip (April 30-May 2)
  • Apply | Applications close February 21



Youth ages 15-18 form daytime summer crews. Teams of 10 teens and 2 adult leaders work on challenging projects 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 7-July 2
    • Session 2: July 12-August 6
  • Earn | $200 Stipend per week ($800 total) + 2-night camping trip in Iowa
  • Apply | Applications close March 31

FALL 2021

The 10-week fall session meets on Tuesdays and Wednesdays after school (4 p.m. -7 p.m.) and five 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 | 10 weeks - Tuesdays & Wednesdays after school + 5 Saturdays
  • Dates:
    • TBD for 2021, expect an update by mid-summer
  • Earn | 
  • Apply | Applications will close in early August

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Polk County is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, genetic information, the presence of disability or any other legally protected status. Persons of color, women, and veterans are encouraged to apply.