Idaho Conservation Corps operates in partnership with various project partners across the region including the US Forest Service, Army Corps of Engineers, National Park Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Idaho Fish and Game, Idaho Parks and Recreation, The Nature Conservancy, National Forest Foundation, Bureau of Land Management, Valley Soil and Water Conservation District, City of Boise, Sagebrush Steppe Land Trust, Pine Valley Firewise Community, other non-profits, and private land managers.

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Why Partner with us?

-Build your capacity to complete projects

-Engage the next generation

-build future workforce

Conservation Crews

Crews are residential (front country to remote backcountry) and are comprised of: young adults 19-25 years of age (who are trained to operate power equipment); or youth (16-19) who serve in larger crews capable of larger scale projects. This is a work experience which provides each member a stipend, and the crews work hard! ICC crews are almost entirely turn-key, arriving with their own tools, insurance, vehicle, equipment, and trained leadership. ICC staff develop detailed project specifications for each crew to meet our partner’s specific requirements. Partners often make quick visits to crews to discuss the importance of the projects and effective stewardship of public lands. 

Our crews are capable of undertaking a wide range of projects:

  • Fuels Reduction and other saw work (young adult crews only)
  • Buck out and other crosscut work (all crews)
  • Trail Construction/Maintenance
  •  Trail Structures (turnpikes, puncheons, bridges, rock work, steps, retaining walls etc.)
  • Invasive Species Removal
  • Site restoration, planting and seeding
  •  Fencing (buck and pole, barbed wire)
  • Facilities Maintenance/preservation
  •  Developed Recreation/Campground Maintenance

Conservation Internships

ICC and parent organization Northwest Youth Corps places over 100 paraprofessional interns per year in Idaho, Northern California, Oregon and Washington in a wide variety of positions with federal land management agencies, state agencies, municipalities, and non-profits.

Intern Positions include working with:

  • Natural Resources Management – trails, invasives, etc.
  •  Structures – historical buildings, bridges
  • Community engagement/outreach
  • Education/interpretation
  • Special Uses (permitting)
  •  HR and federal hiring outreach
  •  Surveying – wildlife, accessibility, trail mapping, boundaries
  • Landscape architecture
  • Visitor services
  • And more…

ICC manages most aspects of administration including recruitment, hiring, onboarding, HR, reimbursements, and mentorship. We also bring match dollars to almost all projects. Many interns who serve through ICC are eligible for hiring authorities and interns receive specialized training on navigating the federal hiring system (USAJobs, resume building, etc.).

ICC intentionally runs programs that are designed to develop a more diverse federal workforce, including the USFS Resource Assistance Program (RAP) and NPS Academy.

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