Community Services Consortium has been providing summer jobs and work experiences to youth for over 20 years in Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties. One of our most popular programs, developed in collaboration with the MidCoast Watersheds Council and the OSU Extension 4-H, is the youth conservation crews. The program has become a staple of summer employment for youth and expanded to school-year crews as well.. The Natural Resource Crews provides jobs for youth, especially those interested in science and the environment, to complete conservation projects in natural areas throughout our three county region. In addition, we have had youth work experience crews provide landscape maintenance and construction work on community projects in partnership with parks departments, schools and non-profit organizations.
Youth go through an application and interview process. If selected, applicants are placed on crews of five to seven youth, who will work with a crew leader on community and conservation projects. Crew youth work on identification and removal of invasive species; brush clearing and trail restoration; surveying, collecting samples, and recording ocean species; building fences, taking trash surveys and removing debris from watersheds, and planting native habitat. Crew members receive work readiness training, such as First Aid/CPR, proper use of tools, and kayak training, as well as onsite mentoring in the field. They have the opportunity to meet industry professionals who educate the crew on different aspects of environmental science, Oregon history, and the nature of work.
Our programs are supported by the Oregon Youth Conservation Corps, the Bureau of Land Management, and Workforce Investment Act funding, as well as by local grant funding. For more information about the Natural Resource Crews, contact:
Youth Program Manager
Phone: 541-758-2649; FAX: 541-752-2348