We offer a diverse set of experiences that engage young people in meaningful service on public lands. Programs vary in length, location, focus and population served.
Local Crews provide members with job skills, leadership opportunities, challenging project work, and personal and professional development. Crew members, ages 18-25, primarily live at home but may occasionally camp, and work on projects Monday through Thursday, with Friday focused on education.
Our Summer Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program introduces Corpsmembers aged 17 to 18 to community service and resource conservation through hands-on project work with a variety of land-management and community partners. Crew members live at home and work Monday through Friday on projects in their local community. YCC crews are typically offered in Flagstaff, Williams, Fredonia and the Verde Valley, however, locations may vary from year to year.
AZCC's Field Crew program engages motivated young adults, ages 18 -25, to complete challenging and impactful conservation and service projects throughout Arizona and southern New Mexico. Crews camp out on eight or nine day "hitches" and have time off between hitches to explore the Southwest or rest up for their next project.
The Veterans Fire Corps program provides training and on-the-job experience for post 9-11 era veterans interested in entering into careers and gaining experience in natural resource management and wildland fire. This variation of our Field Crew program follows a similar schedule with crews working a hitch schedule with time off in between. Applicants must have military veteran status. This position offers training and on-the-job experience for post 9-11 era veterans interested in entering into careers and gaining experience in natural resource management, fuels mitigation and wildland firefighting.
AZCC Engages individuals in positions with federal, state and local land management agencies and environmentally focused non-profits. Individual placements (interns) are paired with a local supervisors and these positions offer more technical, hands-on experience in the work of these organizations or agencies and many times provide the training necessary to secure long term employment in these fields. Participants are paid a weekly stipend are typically responsible for their own room and board.
The Ancestral Lands Model is rooted in the culture and heritage of local tribal communities. The power and impact of Ancestral Lands programming is due to the community investment and support for each program tribally and locally, combined with a network of operational support from Arizona Conservation Corps. Ancestral Lands programs consist of conservation crews and individual placements.
Sara Van Marel
Local Crews & Veterans Crews (Tucson, Phoenix)