Summer Youth Ecology Corps
Conservation Corps North Bay offers a paid summer youth employment program in Sonoma County: the Youth Ecology Corps. This enhanced employment program for 18-to-24-year-olds is funded in partnership with workforce investment boards and land management agencies.
Our 2017 program will run from mid-June to early-August, full-time on weekdays. There may be opportunities to extend this work beyond the summer, depending on available funding. If you’d like to apply for the Youth Ecology Corps program, please:
- Send an email to Eileen Callahan for the Sonoma Youth Ecology Corps
These summer programs target the demographic of young people who, historically, have had the most barriers to employment. Youth Ecology Corps offer summer paid positions on work crews assigned to significant environmental maintenance and service projects. Summer corpsmembers earn a paycheck while working to clean and restore creeks, trails and parks, and building community gardens and other environmental improvement activities. Youth corps participants receive valuable work experience, environmental education, assistance with career and college exploration, and the opportunity to contribute to their community through ongoing outdoor experiences.
The involvement of CCNB partners provides opportunity fairs with informational, educational and training options, providing inspiration for each program participant to create a personal work portfolios.
- Along Mount Tamalpais State Park’s Fern Creek Trail, Marin Youth Ecology Corps (now discontinued) youth installed or repaired 1,700 linear feet of fencing, removed downed trees from the trail corridor, repairedtrail tread and drainage, rehabilitated social trails installed signs, and fixed unsafe bridge handrails and decking — all protecting creek and redwood forest habitats.
- Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps (SCYEC) participants completed 12 service projects in local communities and parks, and maintained 9.2 miles of urban creeks to reduce flooding and improve public safety.
- 3,685 native plants were installed in Sonoma County to restore the ecosystem and improve the resilience of sensitive habitats.
- 80 youth corps members completed career exploration projects and portfolios (16 in Marin, 64 in Sonoma County), showcased at the end-of-program “Gallery Walk.”