Conservation Corps North Carolina (formerly North Carolina Youth Conservation Corps) seeks to empower young adults through meaningful outdoor work that benefits North Carolina’s land and water and creates healthy communities.

Conservation Corps North Carolina (CCNC) is newly expanded under the leadership of Conservation Trust for North Carolina (CTNC) and Conservation Legacy, a national organization dedicated to supporting locally based conservation service programs across the country.

CCNC engages motivated young adults, ages 16-27, to complete challenging and impactful conservation service projects throughout the region. Projects may include trail construction & maintenance, habitat improvement, hazard fuel reduction, and ecological restoration. Crews may also complete technical and/or specialized projects depending on project partner needs, including disaster relief if the opportunity arises.

CCNC participants contribute hundreds of hours of hard work to improve and expand access to protected natural areas, so that more North Carolina families can connect with the outdoors. For many participants, this is a life-transforming experience.

We’re hiring! Find the Conservation Corps opportunity that is right for you!

  • Crew Leader – Summer/Fall 2019: CCNC Crew Leaders serve as teachers, work supervisors, and role models for groups of youth (ages 16 to 18) and young adults (ages 18 to 27).
  • NC State Parks Saw Crew – Summer/Fall 2019: This is an exciting opportunity to work on an AmeriCorps Chainsaw Crew removing hazardous trees from North Carolina park locations.
  • Summer Conservation Crew – June 2019: This is an exciting opportunity to work on an AmeriCorps conservation crew. The crew will partner with local public land managers to accomplish meaningful projects to support trail construction and ecological health.
  • Summer Conservation Day Residential Crew Raleigh: This is a 4 week, residential program. Participants will have the opportunity to remain on site, camped in the field for the full 4 weeks under the guidance, facilitation, and supervision of Crew Leaders and CCNC Staff. The crew will complete hands-on conservation service projects in the field Monday – Friday, followed by educational, programmed activities on the weekends.
  • Summer Conservation Residential Youth Crew (COMING SOON): Residential conservation crews for youth ages 16-18 coming soon! Residential 4-week crews will camp the entire session and positions will be open to statewide participants.
  • Summer Conservation Day Youth Crew (COMING SOON): Day conservation crews for youth ages 16-18 coming soon! Daytime 4-week crews will live at home at night and on weekends and positions will be available to residents of Charlotte, Raleigh, and Durham.
  • Field Supervisor 2019 (CLOSED FOR SUMMER): The Field Supervisor’s primary responsibilities are: recruiting, hiring, training, supervising, and mentoring seasonal field staff including Crew Leaders and Assistant Crew Leaders; technical and logistical support for Field Crews; building and maintaining relationships with project partners; ensuring consistent quality control, risk management, and program integrity and completing administrative functions including the development of project specifications and post-project reporting. This position has been filled for the summer season, but please complete an application if you’d like to be considered for Fall.


CCNC operates in North Carolina and assembles crews of 8 to 10 young people who work under the close supervision of two highly-trained adult leaders on high-priority conservation projects. The crews work 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. Currently, CCNC offers both residential crews where individuals camp in remote locations for the duration of their term or community crews where youth work in their local community while living at home. Crews will work with federal, state, and local partners as well as land trusts and private groups to complete necessary trail building and maintenance, facility improvement, and habitat restoration work. We also offer training and certification in chain saw work and prescribed burning assistance for some crew positions.

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Prior to the transition, the North Carolina Youth Conservation Corps was operated by CTNC in partnership with Vermont Youth Conservation Corps. VYCC was integral to the inception of the program and CTNC is grateful for their support.