Summer of Service (SOS) is a team-based, 12 or 14 week-long program. SOS participants (called Corpsmembers) serve on environmental stewardship projects on public lands throughout the Denver metro area. Corpsmembers will be enrolled in AmeriCorps—a national community service program. No experience is required! We will provide you with hands-on training related to all projects. Corpmembers have the choice to serve on a variety of technical crews. MHYC staff will work with you to find the best match!
Sawyer Crew: Corpsmembers operate chainsaws on invasive tree removal and wildland fire mitigation projects. They receive First-Aid/CPR and S-212 Wildland Fire Chainsaws certifications. Some sawyers will have the opportunity to receive pesticide application training. The use of pesticide is common on invasive tree removal projects.
Hand Crew: Corpsmembers receive training in safe and efficient use of hand tools to complete a wide variety of projects. Examples include: trail maintenance and construction, noxious weed removal, pesticide application and other park development projects.
Sheridan Crew: Corpsmembers serve on a hand crew primarily in the City of Sheridan and surrounding communities. Sheridan projects are funded through Great Outdoors Colorado’s Generation Wild – an investment in places, programs and pathways that get kids and their families outside. Residents of Sheridan and surrounding communities are encouraged to apply.
Corpmembers can also choose to serve on an Affinity Crew. Affinity Crews will be assigned to sawyer, hand or pesticide projects!
Gender Spectrum Affinity Crew: Inclusivity is a core value at MHYC, and the Gender Spectrum Affinity Crew embodies this value by creating opportunities for cis women, transgender and gender non-conforming individuals to learn new skills in a safe and supportive environment and reduce historical barriers that have prevented natural resources from being an inclusive field. This crew will be serving as either a Hand or a Sawyer Crew.
Black, Indigenous and People of Color Affinity Crew: MHYC is committed to dismantling the barriers of systemic racism that exist in outdoor spaces and honoring the diverse lived perspectives of individuals from Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian and other multi-cultural communities. The BIPOC affinity crew embodies this commitment and strives to reduce historical barriers that have prevented natural resources from being an ethnically and racially diverse field. This crew will be serving as either a Hand or a Sawyer Crew.
Compensation and Benefits:
• Biweekly Stipend – Earn a living stipend of $840.00 before taxes paid every 2 weeks. Total program stipend is $5,040 for 12-week program or $5,880 for 14-week program. Leadership Opportunities available! Earn an AmeriCorp Education Award upon completion of program, and again access to Student Loan Forbearance, Health Insurance, 5 free Mental Health Counseling sessions and daily opportunities to network!
• Between the ages of 18-24.
• High school or GED/HSE graduate or still enrolled.
• Must be eligible for enrollment in AmeriCorps as a US Citizen, National or Lawful Permanent Resident. Documentation will be required on the first day. Must bring identification documents necessary to complete the I-9 and other forms on your first day.
• Must commit to complete the program.
About Mile High Youth Corp
The Mile High Youth Corps’ Land Conservation Program engages young adults, ages 18-24, in conservation-based work focused on environmental improvements on public land. Participants work on small crews with 7-9 members for three months to two years, dependent on enrollment terms. Crews works includes increasing accessibility for the public, restoring native habitats, and mitigating the effects of catastrophic wildfires and floods. Earning a bi-weekly stipend and an AmeriCorps education award, young people can serve their community and invest in their own personal growth. Corpsmembers receive an education focused on environmental stewardship, civic engagement, healthy living, career readiness, leadership, and social justice. All crews receive significant tool safety and risk management training. Skill training is tailored for each project and may include: trail construction, native plant and invasive species identification, tree planting, flood and erosion mitigation techniques.