Teen Jobs at Mile High Youth Corps
Essentially, Mile High Youth Corps (MHYC) is a nonprofit, youth conservation corps and through the Colorado Springs branch, land conservation is the focus. MHYC helps youth make a difference in their community and themselves through educational experiences and meaningful service opportunities. Each summer and fall, 40 to 50 young adults, ages 18 to 24, are hired to perform conservation work all over the Southern Front Range.
MHYC-CS works around three E’s: education, employment, and environment. Corpsmembers are paid a weekly stipend, are provided with everything but their work boots: tools, training, MHYC uniforms, food, transportation to/from the work sites, and even camping equipment if they don’t have their own.
Most crews camp at their work and will work as full-time employees, while also receiving educational guidance for a portion of their time. Not only are they paid for their hard work, but if the individual Corps members log at least 300 hours of service during their term (which isn’t hard to do in a summer!) they will automatically get an AmeriCorps education award of $1,100 or more, to be put toward post-secondary education.
That award is good at any accredited institution or to pay off student loans with. A steady paycheck, a scholarship, outdoors experience, and working in beautiful regions of Colorado: all for about two months of work!
Some of the project examples are campground improvement, fencing, trail construction and improvement, park development and improvements. Each crew consists of 8 up to 10 Corpsmembers who will be supervised by adult Crew Leaders.
This is a job that requires a good deal of flexibility as the assignments can run anywhere from 5 to 10 days, with that entire time spent on the camping site. Once each assignment is completed, kids will be allowed a few days of home time where they can get some well-earned rest and relaxation before hitting the next project.
On top of the environmental work, crew members will also be asked to help maintain the camping area by doing some simple cleaning and cooking chores.
Mile High Youth Corps Job Application
Visit milehighyouthcorps.org to apply. Corpsmember applicants must be 18 years old by May 16 and 24 years old or younger by August 10. Applications will be accepted and interviews will be scheduled until all positions have been filled.