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Visitors hiking in a park.
Public Land Corps

Public Land Corps restore and protect the rugged majesty of America's National Parks. In the Public Land Corps, crews build and maintain trails far into remote areas, prevent wildfires by clearing fire fuels, root out invasive species, and add features that keep national park visitors safe.

Public Land Corps creates healthy and safe environments for recreation and exercise; creating places where visitors can travel deeply into the natural beauty of these majestic national parks without doing damage to our national heritage.


Come join the Public Land Corps and personally having a role in helping to restore, protect, and rehabilitate your national parks.

 
Maine Conservation Corps at Acadia National Park.
Maine Conservation Corps at Acadia National Park, ME.

Maine Conservation Corps

Public Land Corps are managed by non-profit organizations that partner with the National Park Service. Individuals are recruited and supervised by one the organizations located across the country.

Check out a list of non-profit organizations that have Public Land Corps programs.

 
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California Conservation Corps crew member at Kings Canyon National Park, CA.

California Conservation Corps

What would I do?
Public Land Corps members conduct work projects that rehabilitate, restore, and nehance natural, cultural, historic, archaeological, recreational, and scenic resources on public lands in national parks. Through the Public Land Corps you have access to mentoring, counseling, and exposure to new career fields and work skills.

Check out some of the conservation work you could do.

 
Student Conservation Association crew member on the John Muir Trail.
Student Conservation Corps crew member hard at work on the John Muir Trail.

Dan Eldridge/Student Conservation Association

Is this the right program for me?

Public Land Corps participants must be between 16 and 25 years of age.

Participants must be either a U.S. citizen or a legal resident.

 
Montana Conservation Corps at Yellowstone National Park, WY/MT/ID.
Montana Conservation Corps at Yellowstone National Park, WY/MT/ID.

Montana Conservation Corps

Benefits
Receive a living allowance to be determined by the non-profit organization.

You may be able to be hired non-competitively by the National Park Service for a seasonal or career job.

Work in some of the coolest places in the world!

Learn new skills.

 
Coconino Rural Environment Corps crew member at Petrified Forest National Park, AZ.
Coconino Rural Environment Corps crew member at Petrified Forest National Park, AZ.

Coconino Rural Environment Corps

How do I apply?
Participants are typically recruited and selected through one NPS’s non-profit partners.

Check out the list of non-profit organizations that participate in the Public Land Corps.

Apply through the organization to participate in the Public Land Corps.