Youth Corps Adventures – Work and Learn in Nature

December 16, 2021

Are you looking for a summer job or a temporary job during the school year? Are you looking for an educational and fun experience in nature? If you are, then apply for one of Oregon’s Youth Corps programs.

Ashley is a 17-year-old from Burns, Oregon that joined the Oregon Youth Conservation Corps in Harney County. She works to restore riparian habitat and protect aspen trees. She builds and maintains fences. “It’s fun to be outdoors and spend time in the environment!”

She decided to join the Oregon Youth Conservation Corps program, because it allows her to adjust her schedule with her high school schedule and extracurricular activities.

“I learn a lot of skills through the program. I learn how to work in a team, how to actively listen to other people’s ideas, and life skills, such as math, construction, and how to chain a tire,” said Ashley.

Youth Corps programs are paid positions. Depending on the program, Youth Corps members get paid minimum wage for their service. Other programs offer a modest educational stipend.

Members learn about good-decision making, how to write a resume and interview for a job, and how to conduct oneself professionally.

Doug Denning, the director for the Oregon Youth Conservation Corps, said the program offers many benefits for youth. Young people learn about the environment and natural resources, work ethic, discipline, and how to take responsibility for their actions. They also have the opportunity to connect with their communities and take pride in the work they do.

To participate in the program, contact and ask about programs in your county.

Other organizations offering Youth Corps programs that you can contact are:
Northwest Youth Corps:
Heart of Oregon:


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