Idaho Conservation Corps

Idaho Conservation Corps is a state wide program of Northwest Youth Corps. Northwest Youth Corps (NYC) was started in 1984—during a tough economic period—with the mission of helping youth and young adults to learn, grow, and experience success. Since that time, NYC has helped 17,000 diverse young people benefit from education, leadership, empowerment, and challenge, while completing high priority resource management objectives across the state. Annually NYC crews carry out 180,000 hours of projects such as invasive plant removal, riparian planting, stream restoration, fence construction, and trail maintenance for a variety of federal, state, and local partners.

Idaho Conservation Corps offers a challenging education and job-training experience that helps youth and young adults from diverse backgrounds develop the skills they need to lead full and productive lives.

Our core purpose is to provide opportunities for youth and young adults to learn, grow, and experience success.  Our programs focus on education, challenge, community, leadership and empowerment, giving youth critical life skills and confidence. Programs stress teamwork, inclusion, and leadership while promoting a solid work ethic and individual achievement. Youth leave Idaho Conservation Corps knowing that they can overcome obstacles, solve problems, make friends, and attain their objectives in life.



Contact Us

For all general questions contact:

 (541) 349-5055 




For questions about partnering with ICC or hiring ICC crews contact:
Lisa O’Flaherty,  



(208) 488-2190






Our Staff and Contact Information



Lisa O'Flaherty, (she, her, hers), Idaho Program Manager, - Lisa joined the Northwest Youth Corps as the Idaho State Program Manager in 2021. She spent her formative years as a world traveler, living in Texas, Minnesota, Indonesia, and England. After earning a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame in 2010, she ran off to the mountains of Northern California to serve on a Backcountry Trail Crew with the California Conservation Corps. She fell in love with working to protect and promote access to our natural spaces and hasn’t looked back since. She spent the next few years leading conservation crews in Texas and Washington, responding to natural disasters across the country, working trails for the Forest Service in California, and most recently working as a municipal Arborist in Boise, the City of Trees. When not at work, Lisa is most often hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, or relaxing with her husband and dog.




Cassidy Connolly, (she, her, hers), AmeriCorps Manager, - Cassidy was born and raised in the Boise area. She has always been an avid animal lover and enjoyed the outdoors. She attended Boise State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies. Her journey with nonprofits started while serving as a coordinating team member for the Boise River Enhancement Network. With her passion for environmental conservation and nonprofit work, she joined the Idaho Conservation Corps. In her free time, she loves to be outside on the water kayaking and fishing, but most importantly, spending time with her beloved cats.






Olivia Kelley, (Xe, Xem, Xir), Internship Program Coordinator, - Liv grew up in rural Michigan and received a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical, Cellular and Molecular Biology from Central Michigan University. After graduating in 2018, xe moved to Houston, Texas and served an 11-month term of service with Texas Conservation Corps of American Youthworks. Falling in love with the Corps world, Liv joined staff at American Youthworks and served as a Program Assistant and Field Coordinator, while receiving a Graduate Certificate in Fish Health and Aquaculture from the University of Florida. Liv has always loved the Pacific Northwest and happily transitioned to the Northwest Youth Corps team in 2021. When not working, xe can usually be found hiking in Idaho State Parks with xir wife and two dogs..






Hailey Brookins, (she, her, hers), Program Coordinator, - Hailey was born and raised in the Treasure Valley. Her love for the outdoors started when she was young and has inspired her to pursue a career in conservation. She spent several seasons working with the United States Forest Service, and then worked as a crew leader for Idaho Conservation Corps. After graduating from Westminster College in Environmental Studies and Data Science, she is excited to share her knowledge and passion for conservation as a Program Coordinator. In her free time, Hailey enjoys fly fishing, skiing, backpacking, and perfecting the chocolate chip cookie




Clayton Lenz, (he, him, his), Program Coordinator, -Clayton was born and raised In Stockton, California. Growing up he enjoyed climbing, snowboarding, surfing, and hiking. His love for these activities has created a passion for protecting and conserving the outdoors. Clayton received his Bachelors of Science in Recreation: Parks and Natural Resource Management from Chico State. Before ICC, Clayton led a local conservation corps in California, was an outdoor educator, and snowboard coach.




Amy Post, (she, her, hers), Member Services Coordinator, - Amy is an educator and organizer for conservation and the environment. Her work promotes experiential learning in nature. She brings her leadership skills to ICC as the Member Services Coordinator in order to facilitate positive outdoor experiences for young folks. She also teaches downhill skiing, and enjoys gardening, cycling, and hiking, as well as reading, writing and embroidery. She holds a M.S. in Environmental Education from Southern Oregon University, a B.A. in English Writing and Global Studies from Pacific Lutheran University, and an Alpine Level III certification from the Professional Ski Instructors of America.