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Urban Forestry Student, Great Onyx CCC

USDA Forest Service Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center

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Opportunity summary

Term length

06/01/2024 - 06/30/2027

Application window

04/01/2024 - 04/15/2026


Mammoth Cave, Kentucky

Hourly pay equivalent


Project summary

Conduct conservation in a wide variety of projects on public lands, and prepare for federal or private hiring. Projects can include wildland firefighting, support and fuels reduction, timber management including surveys, removal, and pruning, invasives mitigation, watershed rehabilitation, and developed and dispersed recreation, among others.

Opportunity description

Learn natural resource management in both forest and urban environment, tree identification, tree climbing, tree pruning and felling, and operation of heavy equipment such as fellerbunchers. Learn safety. Use this to clear roads, maintain public areas, maintain tree and forest health and mitigate invasive species; 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

Urban Forestry requires 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
  • Urban Forestry
  • 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