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Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps

The Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps offers work experience, job training, and environmental 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.

Who’s Eligible?

The Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps consists of two components:

  • A 10-month program for young adults ages 18 - 25
  • A six-week, summer program for youth ages of 15 - 18

10-Month Young Adult Crews

Crews will work Monday, March 1, through Friday, December 3, 2021, in the following areas:

  • Altoona
  • Harrisburg -- local
  • Harrisburg -- roving resource management
  • Meadville
  • Philadelphia -- roving trail crew
  • Pittsburgh
  • Saint Marys
  • Wilkes-Barre
  • Williamsport

Young adult Outdoor Corps members will work a 37.5-hour week and receive competitive compensation and health insurance. Daily transportation to and from the work site and staple food items also will be provided.

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Six-Week Summer Youth Crews

In light of COVID-19, DCNR is continually evaluating the feasibility of running a 2021 summer youth program.

Check back soon for more information for both youth leader and summer crew member positions.

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
  • Habitat enhancement
  • 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, the Corps will be available on a cost-share basis to local land managers such as municipal and county parks and recreation departments during 2019.

Contact the Outdoor Corps program manager for more information.

Goals and Background of the PA Outdoor Corps

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 DCNR 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.

Program Funding 

The 2020 Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps is financially supported by DCNR and the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry’s Reemployment Program, along with private contributions made through the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation.