Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps
The Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps offers work experience, job training, and educational opportunities to young people who complete recreation and conservation projects on Pennsylvania’s public lands.
In addition to hands-on job skills, the program provides learning opportunities weekly in resource management, environmental issues and topics, and recreation skills.
Corps members also will be provided with workforce development training and materials during their period of employment.
The Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps consists of two components:
- A 10-month program for young adults ages 18-25—Crews will work February through November, 2017, in the Philadelphia, Greensburg, Wilkes-Barre, and Williamsport areas. Outdoor Corps members will work a 37.5-hour week and receive $10.25-per-hour compensation and health insurance. Daily transportation to and from the work site and breakfast and lunch also will be provided.
- A six-week, summer program for youth between the ages of 15-18—Job opportunities for 15-18 year-olds will be available in at least 10 locations across the state. Locations are still being determined for 2017. Outdoor Corps members will work a 37.5-hour week and receive $10.15-per-hour compensation. Daily transportation to and from the work site and breakfast and lunch also will be provided. Applications will be accepted this spring.
Types of Projects
Outdoor Corps members will tackle hands-on projects in state and local parks, state forests, and other public lands, such as:
- Trail restoration
- Tree planting
- Light construction
- Shoreline restorations
- Invasive species management
- Specialty projects in relation to recreation and conservation, which may include public outreach, research, and assessments
Availability for Local Park Work
While the majority of the project work will be performed on state park and forest lands, corps teams will be available on a cost-share basis to local land managers such as municipal and county parks and recreation departments during 2017.
Goals and Background
The Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps will help to protect and restore public lands and waters, while providing young people with the knowledge and expertise to be good stewards of our natural resources.
The program will connect youth and young adults with job opportunities relating to the outdoors and the environment and provide training in work skills necessary for future successful employment.
The youth employment and enrichment program is managed by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in cooperation with the Student Conservation Association, a national conservation jobs organization that has engaged thousands of young people nationwide in hands-on service to the land to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities.
The 2017 Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps is financially supported by DCNR and the Pa. Department of Labor and Industry’s Reemployment Program.