The Rainbow Affinity Crew is for LGBTQIA+ identifying participants (called Corpsmembers) to explore the natural resource management field, gain experience, and acquire technical skills in a safe and supportive environment. LGBTQIA+ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex, asexual, and more.

Inclusivity is a core value at MHYC, and the Rainbow Crew embodies this value by helping to create a safe community for people of all types of sexuality and gender identities. Aligning with the strategic priorities of the major federal land management agencies, our goal is to promote a more inclusive public lands workforce informed by diverse perspectives and voices. This crew will be led and supported by Crew Leaders and staff that identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community and be provided with educational opportunities aimed at further understanding and exploring historically marginalized identities.

The Rainbow Affinity Crew is part of a team-based, 10 week-long Fall Forestry Program. The crew will complete sawyer project on public lands throughout the Southern Front Range region. Corpsmembers on a sawyer crew 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.

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.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Conservation, Crew, Development, Trail Supervisor, Crew, and Leaders


• 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 be physically fit, able to lift 50 lbs., spend 8-10 hours a day in all weather conditions (e.g., sun, heat, wind, rain, etc.) and hike 7 miles with a day-

Required Skills:

• Pre-service National Service Criminal History Check required; this position does not have recurring access to vulnerable populations.
• Corpsmembers must not engage in any prohibited activities as listed in the AmeriCorps Member Service Agreement.
• This position reports to Program Coordinator: Land Conservation.
• Service location: 417 E. Vermijo Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903.

About Mile High Youth Corps

Mile High Youth Corps helps youth make a difference in themselves and in their communities through meaningful service opportunities and educational experiences.

Application Instructions

please apply at: https://www.milehighyouthcorps.org/apply-now/rainbow-affinity-crew-fall-forestry-corpsmember/