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Need to know information before you apply:

Youth Corps Day Crew Holding Up a Pole

Crew schedules:

Day Crew

  • These crews work during business hours (7am-4pm or 8am-5pm), Monday through Friday
  • Housing not provided
  • Crew transportation provided, applicants must have personal transportation to the office.
  • **Day Crew corpsmembers can be 17-25**

Spike Crew (overnight camping crew)

  • These crews work 8 days on, 6 days off
  • Corpsmembers camp overnight together in the field for the duration of the 8-day spike
  • Individual camping gear available for loan/rent, food provided, no housing available when off spike for 6 days.
  • Crew transportation provided, applicants must have personal transportation to the office.
  • **Spike corpsmembers must be 18-25**

Types of crews:

Conservation Crews

The majority of our crews participate in conservation based projects. Crews are made up of 6-7 corpsmembers and a staff Crew Supervisor. Crews meet at RMYC offices and head to each project as a crew. Conservation crew positions are available for 17-25 year-olds in both regions. We also offer some identity-specific crews, like our Tribal Crews and our Deaf and Hard of Hearing Crews.

Projects include:

  • Trail maintenance 
  • Forestry/fuels reduction (chainsaw thinning) 
  • Prescribed burn fire 
  • Scientific monitoring
  • Historic preservation
  • Watershed restoration 
  • Community improvement work
  • Disaster response
  • Erosion control structures
  • Invasive species management
  • And a variety of other projects

All corpsmembers receive:

  • Personal and professional development training
  • First Aid/CPR certification
  • Financial management training
  • Career and college prep workshops
  • Public speaking skill development
  • Support towards GED or high school diploma
  • Industry recognized certifications
Group Picture in front of mountain

Youth Ambassadors

“Youth Ambassadors” help New Mexicans fall in love with their public lands. The Ambassadors teach local school children about the environment through hands-on education and field trips, organize community events to teach others about the benefits of a diverse native ecosystem, and lead conservation-based volunteer days, with the goal of fostering a healthy connection between people and the landscape we depend on. Currently this is a Middle Rio Grande-based crew that operates from our Albuquerque office from September to April.

Projects include:

  • Developing outreach and education materials
  • Coordinating programs with schools and community groups
  • Teaching and delivering curriculum
  • Engaging community members in service events on public lands, with a special focus on Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge

Individual Placement, Interns and VISTA

Individual placements, interns, and AmeriCorps VISTAs work directly with sponsoring organizations and land-managing agencies to build capacity of community organizations and/or support the mission of the agency. These individual positions are catered to the needs of the hosting organization and could have a focus in different expertise.

Projects may include:

  • Fundraising
  • Organizational capacity building
  • GIS mapping
  • Forest monitoring
  • Recreation, range, biology, fire support

All positions are seasonal and our typical seasons are:


  • Spike crew positions only, must be 18-25 years old
  • 4.5 months
  • April to August


  • Spike and day crew positions available
  • 10 weeks
  • June to August


  • Spike crew positions, must be 18-25 years old
  • Day crew positions, 17-25 years old
  • 3 to 5 months
  • September to December or February