Crew Members

Crew Member Opportunities (ages 14-18)

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


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 + 3 Saturdays
  • Meet | TBD (Tues/Thurs. 4:30 -8:00 pm, Sat. 8am-3:00pm)
  • Dates | March 26 - April 28, 2024
  • Earn | $400 Stipend + Overnight camping trip 
  • Apply | Applications close February 15, 2024



Youth ages 14-18 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 3 - June 28
    • Session 2: July 8 - August 2
  • Earn | $200 Stipend per week ($800 total) + 2-night camping trip in a Polk County Park 
  • Apply | Applications close April 15th, 2024

FALL 2024

The 8-week fall session meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school (4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.) and three Saturdays (8 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.) + one Sunday. This crew experience will include one overnight camping trip in Iowa during the session. 

  • Work | 8 weeks - Tuesdays & Thursdays after school + 3 Saturdays + 1 Sunday
  • Dates | TBD
  • Earn | $600
  • Apply | TBD

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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.