Outdoor Summer Jobs Available for High School Students
By Moosetrack Megan

Posted: March 12, 2019

The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest has two unique opportunities for high school students to spend their summer outdoors and getting paid for it! Applications for both programs are due Friday, April 12th. Below is a summary of both opportunities: Youth Forest Monitoring Program (Open); and Youth Conservation Corps (Broadwater High School, only).


Youth Forest Monitoring Program (YFMP)

The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest are encouraging incoming 9th – 12thgrade students who love the outdoors—or are curious about the outdoor-based jobs—to apply to the 2019 Youth Forest Monitoring Program (YFMP) student crew! YFMP runs from June 17th – August 1, 2019, Mondays-Thursdays, only.

Students will receive one week of training alongside Forest Service scientists, learning forest ecology concepts and field protocol for monitoring streams, soils, vegetation, recreation areas, and black-backed woodpecker populations at the Montana Learning Center near Canyon Ferry Lake.

Following this initial training, students and their field instructors begin their field work by monitoring between 45-50 sites on the national forest, which will include areas that were burned in last year’s fire season. Along with these sites, students spend several days in the Scapegoat Wilderness applying all of their monitoring and data collection techniques in the backcountry. After their fieldwork is completed, students close-out their internshipe by giving a final report and oral presentation to Forest Service professionals and the public.

Upon successful completion of the intership, students will receive a $1,000 stipend from the Montana Discovery Foundation. This is given to the students after their final presentation.

Students will need to provide their own transporation to/from the Helena Forest Service office each day, but all transporation into the forest is provided by Forest Service through the experienced YFMP field instructors.

Application packets are due by Friday, April 12th, and should be sent to:

Helena-Lewis & Clark National Forest
ATTN: Liz Burke, YFMP
2880 Skyway Drive
Helena, MT 59602

Application packet should include, students need to include the following:

  • a cover letter that includes: contact information, a description of what you hope to gain by this experience, and special contributions you can make to this program;
  • a letter of recommendation from a teacher; and
  • a school transcript.

Interviews will be scheduled with students after the application deadline.


Youth Conservation Corps.exclusively for Broadwater High School students

Broadwater High School students are encouraged to apply for a unique summer employment opportunity as part of the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest’s Townsend-based Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) student crew. Five students, between the ages of 15 and 18, will be hired for the nine-week summer employment program.

The YCC is a federal youth program that accomplishes needed conservation work and allows students to develop an understanding and appreciation for the Nation’s natural environment and heritage. The YCC crew will run from June 10th – August 9th, weekdays only. Students will earn $8.50 per hour. This is the second year that the Townsend Ranger District has hosted a YCC crew for Townsend students. If you want more information or have questions about this opportunity, contact Rory Glueckert at 406-495-3761.

Applications are due into the Forest Service no later than April 12, 2019. Applications can be submitted to the address below and to rglueckert@fs.fed.us:

Townsend Ranger District
ATTN: Mike Welker, YCC
415 South Front St.
Townsend, MT 59644
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