Montana Conservation Corps

  • High School Expedition - Session 1 (3 week) - Missoula

    Job Locations US-MT-Missoula
    Posted Date 3 months ago(4/1/2019 1:39 PM)
    # of Openings
    Youth Expedition
    Wage Type
    Service Award
    USD $202.00/Mo.
  • Overview

    Summary Statement

    As an Expedition Member, youth will join two crew leaders and four or five peers as crew members to help conserve public lands and gain valuable skills through challenging projects and rewarding educational opportunities.   All MCC programs are administered out of one of four Montana cities, also known as Regional Offices:  Bozeman, Helena, Kalispell, Missoula. All Montana youth are encouraged to apply, regardless of community or location within the state.  Regional Offices are where MCC youth programs begin and end, but the service that youth perform is completed all across Montana, and in some cases, neighboring states.


    High School Expedition is open to all Montana youth ages 14 - 17 who have completed the eighth grade, and Middle School programming is offered for Montana middle school students ages 12 - 14 who have completed the sixth grade.  High School Expeditions will generally be four weeks in length, completed consecutively, including weekends.  Middle School Expeditions will be one week in length.


    Service Duties

    • Perform physical labor intensive fieldwork on a crew on various natural resource and community service projects.
    • Projects range from trail building, weed eradication, mapping of weeds via GPS, fence building, landscaping, streambank stabilization, native seed collection and planting trees.
    • Daily use of hand tools such as shovels, rakes, wheelbarrows, pulaskis, and Mcleods.
    • Participate in camp-life duties such as water filtration, meal preparation, and washing dishes.
    • Members may not perform any prohibited activities as outlined in the Member Service Agreement

    Code of Conduct

    While serving with MCC, the Youth is expected to:

    • Show respect when interacting with other members, leaders, staff, project sponsors and community members
    • Participate fully in all aspects of the program at the level of their ability
    • Exhibit a high level of commitment and a positive attitude toward the organization, staff, and service work
    • Display a strong work ethic and follow directions
    • Direct concerns, problems, and suggestions to the appropriate MCC staff
    • Be on Time
    • Use appropriate language at all times. Wear appropriate footwear, clothing, and safety gear
    • Avoid any activity that may physically or emotionally damage participants of MCC or others

    Cell phones, portable stereos/radios, MP3 players, DVD players and other similar devices will not be allowed while participating with MCC’s Youth programs.  Crew leaders will be permitted to carry cell phones for emergency purposes or to communicate with MCC staff.  Member’s cell phones or other electronic devices will be collected and returned only when the work day/week is over


    Health Considerations

    Any enrollment acceptance is conditional upon completion of the health history questions on the following pages. Youth participating in MCC programs must be able to:

    • Be away for full expedition length
    • Hike 3-9 miles per day in rugged terrain, often wearing a large backpack and carrying tools
    • Lift up to 20 pounds repeatedly
    • Work in all weather conditions
    • Walk on uneven, outdoor terrain and negotiate natural obstacles, such as hills, streams, and boulders
    • Live in a rustic location not always accessible by vehicles
    • Sleep in a tent around other teens and adult leaders
    • Lift and carry a backpack for hiking and working
    • Eat provided meals and drink water regularly
    • Refrain from using a cell phone or other internet connected devices, except in MCC approved situations
    • Follow directions and participate willingly in work activities, camp chores, and community living activities
    • Refrain from violence, hitting, verbal assault, bullying, any inappropriate or unwelcome touching, or any similar behavior
    • Show respect for others, work/live/play/interact in large and small groups without constant one-on-one assistance
    • Continue taking prescribed medication
    • Participate in self-care, health, and hygiene
    • Abide by MCC policies as explained by staff and leaders
    • Promptly notify MCC staff and/or leaders of any health condition that requires medical attention or change of activity

    Violations of any of the below policies may be grounds for immediate suspension by staff with termination pending approval by Senior Program Staff.  At no time may the Youth:

    • Engage in any activity that is illegal under local, state or federal law
    • Engage in activities that pose a significant safety risk to others
    • Consume, possess, or be under the influence of alcoholic beverages or tobacco products
    • Consume, possess, or be under the influence of illegal drugs. This includes misuse or sharing of prescription drugs
    • Engage in harassing or aggressive behavior. This includes verbal, sexual, racial and physical harassment
    • Engage in fighting or threats of violence
    • Possess or use firearms or weapons
    • Participate in vandalism or theft


    • 12-17 years old, depending on position
    • Montana resident
    • Ability to pass a criminal history check
    • US Citizenship or lawful permanent resident
    • Commitment to complete the entire term of service
    • Strong service ethic and desire to serve the community and the environment


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