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Heavy Equipment Student Ft Simcoe CCC

USDA Forest Service Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center

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Opportunity summary

Term length

06/01/2024 - 06/30/2027

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04/01/2024 - 04/15/2026


White Swan, Washington

Hourly pay equivalent


Project summary

This program offers the chance to experience many aspects of conservation in a wide variety of projects on public lands, and prepares the student for federal or private hiring. Projects include wildland firefighting, support, and fuels reduction, timber management from sale preparation to reforestation, invasives mitigation, watershed rehabilitation, resource (flora and fauna) surveys, fish and wildlife management, and developed and dispersed recreation, among others.

Opportunity description

Drive, maneuver or control heavy machinery, such as motor graders, bulldozers, scrapers, compressors or front-end loaders and conduct maintenance and repairs. Apply that to natural resource management. Learn safety, incident command; perform wildland fire suppression, management, control and support; improve watersheds, learn soil and hydrology, and improve forest health; maintain trails and recreation; operate and maintain specialized tools and equipment. There are as many as 10 openings.


  • Living stipend
  • Paid time off
  • Free housing
  • Healthcare
  • Meals
  • Uniforms
  • Transportation from home
  • Counseling
  • Education and GED/high school diploma
  • Drivers licensing, and trade certifications
  • Each student can engage in paid work-based learning on National Forests (see pay equivalent), and earn a public land corps certificate for federal hiring preference
  • Enrollment open year round
  • Progress self paced up to two years

Requirements and qualifications


Must meet income limitations and be between 16 and 24 years old or have a disability. The next step will take you to an eligibility screening. This trade includes significant outdoor activity and physical training, hiking with a pack, and requires strength to use tools. Those who are not able to meet physical requirements are nonetheless encouraged to apply as there are other trades which also are conservation focused. Please ask. There is no requirement for a high school diploma or GED.

Preferred qualifications

Heavy Equipment operations require an interest in working outdoors, protecting the land and serving people. The CCCs offer many other trades that also support conservation and public lands, such as heavy equipment operation, welding, construction and maintenance, office administration, and culinary. Please apply if you are interested in any of these, or other trade training.

Opportunity details

Focus area

  • Forestry
  • Wildland firefighting and fuels reduction
  • Reforestation or afforestation
  • Outdoor recreation access improvements
  • Natural resources preservation and conservation
  • Biodiversity protection and restoration
  • Waterway restoration
  • Environmental justice
  • Local ecosystem restoration
  • Disaster preparedness, recovery and response
  • Soil and water conservation
  • Environmental education and training
  • Other job skills development
  • Education

Work environment

  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Predominantly hands-on experience in small group settings in varied settings on campus and on public lands
  • May include living for short periods outside in a camp